Padanagara I of Ancient Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර පධානඝරය I

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Padamagaraya I
Padamagaraya I

To the west to the Abhayagirya monastery on the outer circular road (Watawanda Road) are two Padanagara structures.

Padanagara Complexes were used by the meditating monks and are located away from the cities and human settlements. Padanagara are built on a unique architectural style with a moat surrounding them. Quite often these structures were built as twin structures on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the moat. Sometimes there are waterways even inside the moat underneath the buildings such as this building complex.

The buildings made of granite pillars void of any decorations. The only carvings you find on such buildings are on the urinal stones

Traveling along Watawandana Road from Kuttam Pokuna for 4 kilometers passing Abhayagiriya Stupa, you will reach this site on the left to the road. 3 entrances made of granite slabs and pillars of this structure can be seen today. 4 separate structures, all isolated by waterways would have provided the meditating bikkus with all the serenity they needed in the ancient past.

There is not a single caving on any of the rocks. To the right to the building outside the main structure is where the outhouse was located. Here you will see the only caved rock in the whole building, the urinal stone.

Travelling a further 1.5 km from this site, you will come across the Padanagara building II of the Anuradhapura Kingdom.

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Map of Padanagara Complex I

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Driving Directions to Anuradhapura (Padanagara Complex I )

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttalam (Puttalama) and through Kurunegala. Travelling from Puttalam, you will pass the scenic Wilpattu area. From Kurunegala, there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is through Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the most commonly used is the Kurunegala-Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura
Through : Negombo – Chilaw – Puttalam
Distance from Colombo : 210 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo : 223 km
Travel Time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google maps
Route 03 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute from Kandy to Anuradhapura
Through : Katunayake Expressway – Narammala – Wariyapola – Padeniya – Thambuthegama
Distance from Colombo :203 km
Travel Time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Katugastota – Matale – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :136 km
Travel Time : 3.5 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map

Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station to Padanagara Complex I

Distance : 7.8  kilometers
Travel time : 20 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map


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