Korasagalla is an ancient village on the Thalawa road few kilometers away from Kakirawa. History of the Koranaka Sandagala Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya in Korasagalla is believed to go back as far as the reign of king Kawanthissa (around 205–161 BC). It is also said that when the king Dutugemunu (161-131 BC) was bitten by an cobra, he was treated by snake venom specialists from the Korasagalla and ayurvedic physicians from this lineage still live in this village.
This village temple is somewhat neglected but hides a ancient Tampita Viharaya from the Kandyan Era. According to legend this temple has been the residence of a arhath called “Korana” in the ancient times and the temple has been named after this him. Traveling 200 meters pass this temple lies the ancient Korasagalla Wewa (reservoir) as old as the village. Unfortunately this large reservoir has been drained some years ago and about 600 acres paddy fields have been abandoned which had depended on water from this reservoir.
To reach this reservoir from Dambulla, travel 17km from Dambulla towards Kekirawa to reach the Korasagalla Junction in Thibbotuwewa and take the by lane to the right. The reservoir lies 1.4 km down this road.
Traveling 200 meters on the now neglected footpath along the edge of the reservoir will bring you an well preserved ancient Bisokotuwa of the Korasagalla Wewa. An Archaeology board at end of the Korasagalla Road direct you to this site. This is a neglected footpath thus you might need a tool to clear the path as you walk along.
Map of Korasagalla Wewa Biso Kotuwa Ruins
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Traveling directions to Korasagalla Wewa Biso Kotuwa Ruins
Travel directions from Dambulla to Korasagalla Wewa Biso Kotuwa Ruins
|Distance : 18.5 km|
Travel time : 35 mins
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map