Niyadawaragala is an rocky outcrop with ancient Buddhist ruins bordering Mundeni Aru (මුන්දෙනි ආරු) in Mahaoya.
Once you reach the rock, you will find a plain moonstone at the bottom with signs of a ancient building little above. On rock you will find rock cut steps and at the flat surface, remains of 2 stupas.
There are two caves with drip-ledges in the eastern direction of the mountain slope and the early Brahmi inscriptions can be identified in these two caves. There has been a inscription where at the site where the ruined stupa are located. The first part of the inscription has been destroyed in this inscription.
However it is possible to read the work “Maharaja” indicating that this ancient monastery had received sponsorship of kings.
The ruins surrounding this rock was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government on the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;
“Niyandawaragala rock with the hillock of Chaitya, cave inscriptions and drip ledged caves at the place of (Latitude 07º 61904” N and longitude 081º 41546′ E) in the Tempitiya village situated in Grama Niladhari Division Tempitiya in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Mahaoya in Ampara District in Eastern Province.”
Map of Mahaoya Niyadawaragala Archaeological Ruins
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Travel Directions to Mahaoya Niyadawaragala Archaeological Ruins
|Route from Mahaoya to Niyadawaragala Archaeological Ruins|
|Through : Tempitiya Wewa|
Distance : 14 km
Travel time : 45 mins
Time to spent : 15-30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map