The first thing which comes in to mind when you speak about Palwatta is the massive Sugar Plantation. However thousands of years ago this area was a thriving Buddhist community with temples dotting the landscape.
There are 3 ancient rajamaha vihara in Pelwatta along the Pelwatta – Passara road. The first one is the Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya, the second is the Sri Ovagiri Rajamaha Viharaya and the third is the Sri Devagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya.
Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya lies just 1 km away from the Pelwatta junction. The temple looks quite modern, but behind the temple lies a forest patch where you would discover the ruins of the ancient temple.
This area is scattered with granite artifacts of a temple which had existed a millennia ago. An ancient stupa now resembling a mound of earth, various shaped and sized flower alters carved out out rock, rock pools, displaced granite steps with guard stones can be found in this area.
In July 2018, it was reported that the head of the main Buddha statue of the temple was damaged a treasure hunter who had sold the valuables to a pawning shop in the area and was sought by the police.
Travel Directions to Pelwatta Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya
Route from Wellawaya to Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya
|Through : Thanamalwila Road|
Distance : 11 km
Travel time : 15 mins
Time to spend : 30 – 45 mins
Driving directions : see on google map
Map of Pelwatta Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya
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