Nagollakanda Na Sevana Aranya Senasanaya Archaeological Site (නාගොල්ලකන්ද නා සෙවණ ආරණ්‍ය සේනාසනය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය)

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Na Sevana Aranya Senasanaya forest monastery lies on a rocky area known as Nagollakanda in Manampitiya in Polonnaruwa District. To access this site, one must travel to Manampitiya from Polonnaruwa on the Batticaloa road. 2.3 km past the turn-off to Dimbulagala, there is a narrow gravel road that leads to the Nagollakanda forest monastery. This rocky area is covered drip ledged caves and other ruins of an ancient monastery. Some of the drip ledge caves are now been used by the priests in the monastery as adobes.

The site known as Pansalgala with Archaeological monuments allotted by Geographical data Nos. mentioned below in Mahindagama Village in the Grama Niladhari Division No. 282 of Mahindagama in Welikanda Divisional Secretary’s Division in Polonnaruwa District was declared as an archaeological is monument in 1st February 2023.

North Latitudes East Longitudes

8° 2′ 23.15”N – 81° 17′ 44.82” E
8° 2′ 18.30”N – 81° 17′ 37.57” E
8° 2′ 12.23”N – 81° 17′ 40.12” E
8° 2′ 16.43”N – 81° 17′ 47.31” E

References

  • Wikramanayaka, V. (2023) ‘Monuments to be declared as Ancient Monuments’, The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka EXTRAORDINARY, 2317/57, p. 4A.

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The modern town of Polonnaruwa is also known as New Town, and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through: Central Highway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo: 230 km
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Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
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Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time: 2 hours
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Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time : 2 hours
Driving Directions: see on Google map
Route from Polonnaruwa to Nagollakanda Na Sevana Aranya Senasanaya Archaeological Site
Through : Manampitiya
Distance : 20 km
Travel time : 30 mins
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