Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya – නාවින්න පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya
Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya

Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple with a Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Kandyan era. The temple lies about 4.5  km off Wariyapola and 24 km from Kuruanegala. To reach the temple from Kuruanegala, travel upto Wariyapola  and take the Chilaw road for 1.3 km. Take the Nawinna road which lies in-front of Sri Sumangala National School and travel for 3 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. Walls inside the chamber is more or less always covered in paintings drawn mainly in Kandyan style.

The Tampita Viharaya at Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya was gazetted as a protected archaeological monument and is described as follows ;

“The Tampita vihare, Bhikku dwellings and ancient parapets of Nawinna ancient vihare in the Grama Niladhari Division No. 135-Malwana, in Wariyapola Divisional Secretary’s Division in Kurunegala District, North-Western Province.”


  • Abeywardana, M.Y. (2008) “The Antiquities Ordinance (Chapter 188) ,” The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 1553, p. 531.

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Driving Directions to Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Kurunegala to Nawinna Purana Tampita Viharaya

Though : Kurunegala – Kandy  road
distance : 8.5 km
Travel time :20 mins
Time to spend : 20-30  mins
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