Kethsirigama Archaeological Site in Damana – දමන කෙත්සිරිගම පුරාවිද්යා භූමිය
Kethsirigama in Damana, Ampara is better known for Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya, a forest monastery built on an ancient aramic complex which is believed to be going as far as 1st century BC. In addition to this site, there are few other places in Kethsirigama where remains of the ancient Digamadulla Kingdom can be found. One such site lies in the middle of a paddy field.
Granite pillars along with the ruins of ancient buildings at this location has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;
“Site of the ruins of buildings with stone pillars in the middle of the paddy field in Kethsirigama village in Grama Niladari Division W/26 Kethsirigama in the Divisional Secretary’s Divisiion, Damana in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 07º 17343′ N and longitude 081º 57956′ E).”
GPS location is marked based on the above description. However it is recommended to get directions to the site beforehand.
Map of Kethsirigama Archaeological Site
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Travel Directions to Kethsirigama Archaeological Site
Route from Ampara to Kethsirigama Archaeological Site
|Through : Galmaduwa
Distance : 27 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Time to spend : 15-30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map