Niththawela Raja Maha Viharaya in Kandy – නිත්තවෙල රජමහා විහාරය

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Niththawela Raja Maha Viharaya in Kandy
Niththawela Raja Maha Viharaya in Kandy

Niththawela Raja Maha Viharaya which accommodated venerable Velivita Sri Sarankara in his educational activities during the reign of King Narendrasinghe (1707 – 1739) must have been existed from much earlier times. In 1771, king Kirti Sri Rajasinghe, after renovating the viharaya granted land to the occupying monks in the viharaya. It is also interesting to note that this viharaya was taken back form the monks residing there for joining of the rebellion of 1817 – 1818 and given over to another monk of the Asgiriya Viharaya.



  1. Seneviratna, A., 1983. Kandy: an Illustrated Survey of Ancient Monuments With Historical, Archaeological and Literary Descriptions Including Maps of the City and Its Suburbs. Colombo: Central Cultural Fund, Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Also See

  • Kandy – The Last Kingdom of Sinhale

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Traveling Directions to Nittawela Raja Maha Viharaya (Kandy)

Kandy can be reached from Colombo on the old Colombo – Kandy road (option 1) which is scenic but heavy in traffic specially on Fridays and Sundays. However the new Central Expressway (option 2) has opened up a new route which is longer but less cumbersome.

Route 1 from Colombo to KandyRoute 2 from Colombo to Kandy
Though : kadawata – Warakapola – Ambepussa – Mawanella
Distance :120 km
Travel time : 3.45 hours
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Though : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala
Distance :150 km
Travel time : 3.20 hours
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Route From Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
Though : Walapane – Raja Mawatha
Distance :100 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
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Route from Kandy to Nittawela Rajamaha Viharaya

Though : Mahaiyawa
Distance : 4 km
Travel time : 15 minutes
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