Nelumpath Pokuna Ruins in Kumana (කුමණ නෙළුම්පත් පොකුණ නටඹුන්)

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The villages of Kumana and Panama, once part of an ancient flourishing civilization, today are a thick jungle teeming with wildlife. Kumana National Park as known today is home to a large number of sites of ruins scattered on various rocky outcrops throughout the jungle.

In the upper valleys of Kumbukkan Oya and inside the thick jungle belonging to the Ampara District, stands one of these rocky outcrops close to a pond knowns as Nelumpath Pokuna. On the rock are a few stupas, now vandalised and destroyed by treasure hunters and some other ruins such as stone pillars, foundations and brick walls.

The two natural stone ponds, supply water to the wild animals throughout the year, even in the drought seasons. An inscription of Kanittha Tissa (167—186) at Nelumpath Pokuna, gives the ancient name of the site as Gosagala Mahavihara and grants to it shares in water revenues at Mahanakaraka, presumably Anuradhapura.

This site lies about 3 km passing Bambaragasthalawa Ruins over a rough four-wheel trail.

List of Archaeological Sites inside Yala and Kumana National Parks

References

  1. Ellāvala Medhānanda, 2005. The Sinhala Buddhist heritage in the East and the North of Shri [i.e. Sri] Lanka. 1st ed. Colombo: Dayawansa Jayakody & Co. , p.23
  2. C. W. Nicholas, 1963. Historical Topography of Ancient and Medieval Ceylon. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series Volume VI Special Number, p.61
  3. Handbook for the Ceylon traveller : A Studio Times Publication (1974). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Studio Times.

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Travel Directions to Nelumpath Pokuna Ruins in Kumana

Entrance to Kumana is from Okanda. Although the fastest route is through the Southern Expressway, The route through Balangoda – Beragala is very scenic.

Route I from Colombo to Kumana Park Entrance at Okanda Route II from Colombo to Kumana Park Entrance at Okanda
Through : Southern Highway – Mattala – Thanamalwila – Wellawaya – Monaragala – Potuvil – Panama – Okanda
Distance :420 km
Travel time : 7.30 hours.
Driving directions : see on Google map
Through : Balangoda – Beragala – Wellawaya – Monaragala – Potuvil – Panama – Okanda
Distance :345 km
Travel time : 9.30 hours.
Driving directions : see on Google map
Route from Potuvil to Kumana Park Entrance at Okanda
Through : Potuvil – Panama – Okanda
Distance :32 km
Travel time : 1 hours.
Driving directions : see on Google map

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