Galhatha Archaeological Ruins at Karuwalagaswewa – කරුවලගස්වැව ගල්හත නටබුන්

Ancient cave in Galhatha Archeological Site
Ancient cave in Galhatha Archeological Site
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Karuwalagaswewa lies 16km from Puttlam on the Anuradhapura road in the Tabbowa Wewa area. Galhatha is a jungle area in Karuwalagaswewa which is surrounded by seven natural rocks. This area is scattered with ancient ruins and dripledged caves. The inscriptions on these dripledges has been dated to 1st century BC to 3rd century.

It has been presumed that a monastic complex has been in existence in the area consisting of seven rocks since 1st century BC.  In addtion to the dripdedge caves remains of few stupa’s also can be seen on some of the summits of the rocks. Proper archeological study in this area has not been done yet. With Wilandagoda monastic ruins, Erabadugaswewa monastic ruins,  Malasanagala archaeological site at Saliyawewa and many other ancient vihara complexes in the vicinity, it is assumed that this area had been a highly populated area in the ancient past.

Alternate names : Gal Hata

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Route from Colombo to Karuwalagaswewa

Though : Negombo – Chilaw (Halawatha) – Puttalam
Distance : 150 km
Travel time : 3 hours
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