Pothana Welyaya Archaeological Site in Ampara – පොතාන වෙල්යාය පුරාවිද්යා භූමිය
Pothana Welyaya lies of West of the Sagama Reservoir in the interior accessible only by gravel roads. Ruins of an Buddhist monastery complex with remains of a stupa and buildings on a hillock on the Pothana Welyaya (Pothana Paddy Field) has been discovered and designated as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows;
“illock covering a Chaitya and site with archaeological evidence in the land called Pothana Welyaya belonging to village Sagamam in Grama Niladhari Division No. 11C, Sagama in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Thirukkovil in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 07º 07′ 45” N and longitude 081º 45′ 17” E).”
GPS location is marked based on the above description. However it is recommended to get directions to this place from a party familiar with the area before attempting to visit the place. It is unlikely that you will get any assistance from the villagers who are predominately non Buddhists. Unfortunately some of the extreme elements are already gradually destroying such remote heritage sites in order to erase any signs Buddhist civilization in the area in the past.
Map of Pothana Welyaya Archaeological Site
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Travel Directions to Pothana Welyaya Archaeological Site
Route from Ampara to Pothana Welyaya Archaeological Site
|Through : Eragama|
Distance : 35 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Time to spend : 30-60 mins
Driving directions : see on google map