Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya – නරවැල්පිට තෝරාවිට පුරාණ ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

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Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya

Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya

Hakmana Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya, also known as Narawelpita Maha Pansala  is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era.  This temple lie in Narawelpita South between Hakmana and Kamburupitiya. Narawelpita South lies about 3 km off Hakmana and town, 7 km off Kamburupitiya and 30 km from Matara.

To reach Narawelpita South from Matara take the Thihagoda road and travel 23  kms to Hakmana. From  Hakmana take the Rarandeniya road for 3.5  km to reach the temple.

A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub.

It was reported that the Tampita Viharaya along with the Pohoya Geya and flower alters which are thought to be over 500 years at the temple is in a dilapidated state in 2017. Most of the timber on the wooden platform of the Tampita Viharaya  has rotted away and has been replaced by some concrete slabs to temporarily hold the image house in place. Murals belonging to the Kandyan era too are faded and mostly destroyed. The statues inside the image house are also decayed.

This Tampita Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 24th July 2009.

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Map of the Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya

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The marker

The marker points to the Narawelpita South area only. You are advised to get direction from this village.

The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites.

Zoom out the map to see more surrounding locations using the mouse scroll wheel or map controls.


Driving Directions to Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Matara to Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya

Though : Thihagoda – Hakmana
distance : 27 km
Travel time :1 hour
Time to spend : 30  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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