Pothgula Ruins near Singha Pokuna of Mihintale – මිහින්තලේ සිංහ පොකුණ අසළ ඇති පොත්ගුල ණටබුන්

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Sinha Pokuna is where the one of the best animal carvings of Anuradhapura period can be found in the country. On a higher terrace from Singha Pokuna ruins, about 50 meters away lies another group of buildings hidden from the traveller and unknown to many.

This site is called Pothgula (the library). When the education of both lay and clergy was centered around temples in the ancient past, only the temples had libraries and acted as the keepers of the ancient knowledge left written in Ola leaves. Very little is known about the buildings at Pothgula. However the massive rock door frame of the main building is easily recognisable to someone exploring this site.

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References

  • දිසානායක, සෙ. (2017). අසිරිමත් මිහින්තලය.

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Driving Directions to Mihintale

Mihintale can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttalam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttalam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Mihintale. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to Mihintale (A3)Route 02 from Colombo to Mihintale
Though : Negombo – Chillaw – Puttalam
Distance :228 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Central Expressway – Badagamuwa – Dambulla
Distance : 223 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps
Route 03 from Colombo to Mihintale Route from Anuradhapura to Mihintale
Though : Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Padeniya – Thambuthegama
Distance :232 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Distance :12 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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