Once you turn to the Pallanoya from the Wadinagala Junction on the Siyambalanduwa – Ampara road, you will pass the Pallanoya bridge ater about 2km. Another 1.5 km on this road will being you to the ancient Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya. There is no display board of any sought on the Pallanoya road at the turn off to the temple. This is a non descriptive narrow concrete road next to a dilapidated shop building.
The temple lies on top of a rocky hillock hidden away from the main road. Like many other ancient temples in this region, this temple too is believed to be built by the Saddhatissa, brother of King Dutugemunu who ruled this area as as a regional king during the reign of Dutugenumu.
There is an ancient pagoda, few ponds, remains of a “Devalaya”, and few inscriptions in the surrounding area of the temple. Yet the most fascinating is the granite map of Sri lanka done during king Saddathissa’s time.
The ancient ruins at the Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya including ruins of Arama complex with ancient Chaithya, rock inscription, plight of steps were declared as a protected archaeological site under the antiquities ordinance act on 26 December 2014 and describes site as below ;
” All ruins of Arama complex with ancient Chaithya, rock inscription, plight of steps belonging to the premises of Pannathgoda ancient Vihara in Pallamoya village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/26/B, Pallamoya in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 071º46´ 59´´ N and longitude 81º55´ 235´´ E).”
Map of Pallanoya Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya
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Travel Directions to Pallanoya Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya
|Route from Ampara to Pallanoya Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya
|Through : Inginiyagala
Distance : 31 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Time to spend : 30 -60 mins
Driving directions : see on google map