Gomarankadawala Pahalagama Archaeology Site – ගෝමරන්කඩවල පහලගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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The preserved image house at the Pahalagama Archaeology Site
The preserved image house at the Pahalagama Archaeology Site

Traveling on the Gomarankadawala – Thiriyaya road for 7.5 km will bring you Pahalagama Archaeological Site in the Adampane area. This is one of the many of unlisted small archaeological sites off the beaten path in the Anuradhapura district.

This is not a large site but well maintained. The conserved remains consist of a stupa, a Bodhigara (the housing of the Bodhi Tree) and an image house. The stupa is considerably small, typical for a remote Aramic complex. The small balustrades beside the two steps to the maluwa lacks any elaborate carvings. Some granite ruins discovered during the excavations are placed around the stupa. One such display is a Siri Pathula Gala, a granite slab with a carved foot print of the Buddha. Such sri pathul gal were built and worshiped as a representation of living Buddha before the rise of Buddha statues around 2nd to 3rd centuries.

The conserved image house lies opposite to the stupa with little remains. A fallen life size Buddha statue less its head is kept lying across a brick wall.

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Traveling Directions for Gomarankadawala Pahalagama Archaeology Site

From Trincomalee to  Gomarankadawala Pahalagama Archaeology Site
Through : Gomarankadawala
Distance : 46km
Travel time : 1 hour
Time to Spend : 30 mins
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