Kaluebe Archaeological Site is located on a hill in the Kiriyagaswewa village in the Kiriyagaswewa Grama Niladhari Division No. 607 in the Kekirawa Divisional Secretariat Division in Anuradhapura District of the North Central Province.
This place is located on the right hand side of the road after traveling 36 km from Anuradhapura to Maradankadawala and traveling about 13 km on the road to Habarana on the left from Maradankadawala town, then turning left towards Ritigala and traveling about 9km on this road passing the Ritigala wildlife office.
This complex can be seen on the western slope of the Kaluebe mountain range which extends in a north-south direction. Archaeological evidence from ruins suggests that this complex has been in existence from the Anuradhapura period to the Kandyan period. Ritigala, which lies close to the Kaluebe Archaeological site, can be identified as an archeological monastic complex created in the past parallel to the Veebeddahinna monastic complex.
The drip-lined cave located in this complex is an archeologically important site. This site shows ruins of an image house. In the cave floor you can see ancient brick walls, stone tiles, flower alters, Yupa stone etc. Accordingly, it can be concluded that the image house built during the Anuradhapura period has been dilapidation and renovated again during the Kandy period.
At the highest point of the mountain are the ruins of a small dagoba made of rubble. In addition, at the foot of the mountain there is a wall made of rubble and 4 pillar base stones. In the courtyard of the new dagoba of this temple there is a part of a standing statue with a detached head, a Yupa pillar , a stone pedestal, sacred foot stones and bases of statues.
Author : Prabath Indika Mahagedara
Kaluebe Archaeology Site Map
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Kaluebe Archaeology Site Driving Directions
|From Habarana to the archeological ruins of Kaluebe|
Total Distance: 20 km
Time to Travel: 30 minutes
Time to spend : 20-30 minutes
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