Karathana Gal Len Viharaya – කරතන ගල්ලෙන් විහාරස්ථානය

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Karathana Gal Len Viharaya
The entrance to the len viharaya

The Karathana gal len viharaya is situated in the peaceful surroundings of coconut, teak plantations and paddy fields. It is a small len viharaya placed on a rocky outcrop which seems to suddenly emerge from the otherwise flat plains.

We were drawn to explore this place on sighting the sign board on the main road leading to Hiripitiya from the Kurunegala –Puttalam road. A short distance from the turn off on an unsealed road through verdant surroundings you can reach by vehicle almost to the door step of the len viharaya.

The cave temple or the len viharaya is placed in a length of rock and its entrance to the cavity is well shielded by boulders of rocks and trees. Inside the cave it is cool, comfortable and peaceful. When we went inside there were some women in deep meditation. On the side and on top of the rock is the dagoba of the the temple. A short steep flight of steps leads to it. There is a stepped entrance to the temple from this side in addition to the main entrance. In the same premises was also a little school its buildings made of daub and wattle.

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Travel Directions to Karathana Gal Len Viharaya

Exact location of the temple is unkown. The address of the temple is Tissawa, Wilgamdemataluwa, Nikadalupotha, Kurunegala ( tel 037 – 5735312).

Route from Colombo to Tissawa

Route from Kurunegala to Tissawa

Though : Chilaw – Wariyapola –
distance :150 km
Travel time : 3 hours.
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Tittawella -Gonagama Rd
distance :25 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

You may have to ask directions to the temple from the Ganewatta or Tissawa area

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