Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Paragahakele – පරගහකැලේ කොටවෙහෙර රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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The ruined stupa of Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Hingurana

The ruined stupa of Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Hingurana
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Hingurana,  which belongs to the Ampara district has been part of the ancient Digamdulla Kingdom which had flourished since the pre – christian era. Paragahakele is an ancient settlement which was buried in the jungles till late 1940’s until people were resettled with the Senanayake Samudraya Project.

Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple complex of the Digamadulla Kingdom lying in Paragahakele on the Inginiyagala – Ampara road. The typical archaeology board directing towards the archaeology site can found 10 km away from the Polwatta Junction. 800 meters along the gravel side road would bring you to this picturesque temple complex on a collection of rocky plains at the edge of a paddy field.

The ruins of  this ancient Viharaya has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 26th December 2014, and describes the location as follows ;

“Hillock of Chaithya, hillock of ruins and other archeological evidences at the premises of Kotawehera ancient Rajamaha Vihara belonging to Ganangolla Village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/86/K, Kotawehera in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Ampara in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 07º15´ 29.7´´ N and longitude 81º37´ 51.5´´ E).”

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Travel Directions to Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site

Route from Ampara to Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site

Through : Inginiyagala Road
Distance :8.5 km
Travel time :20 min
Time to spend : 30  mins
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