Pokunugala Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Ambalamoya – අම්බලන්ඔය පොකුණුගල රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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The rock pond of Pukunugala Rajamaha Viharaya

The rock pond of Pukunugala Rajamaha Viharaya
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Ambalamoya is a remote village far away from any major road network in Damana Divisional Secretaries Division.  The ancient temple of Pokunugala Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya lies on an area covering number of rocky plains and is a popular buddhist temple in the area.  The large rock pond at the top of a probably gave the temple its name.  But unfortunately,  it has been reported that a large scale rock quarry has begun on the other side of this rock which also might destroy the ruins on the temple.

The ancient stupa and other archaeological remains of the Pokunugala Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya was  declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;

“All archaeological evidences including ancient chaithya, stone pillars and hillocks, ponds at the premises of Pokunugala Raja Maha Viharaya belonging to Ambalanoya village situated at Grama Niladari Division Ambalanoya W/24/D in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 07º 17894′ N and longitude 081º 69590′ E).”

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Travel Directions to Pokunugala Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site

 Route from Ampara to Pokunugala Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site

Through : Hingurana – Damana
Distance : 26 km
Travel time : 40 mins
Time to spend : 20-30 mins
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