Sagama Pansalyaya Archaeological Site in Ampara (සාගම පන්සල්යාය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය)

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Sagama Pansalyaya lies west of the Sagama Reservoir in the interior accessible only by gravel roads through vast paddy fields reaching the horizon. Ruins of a Buddhist monastery complex with drip ledge caves and other archaeological remains in the area known as the Pansalyaya 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;

“Drip ledged cave ruined buildings and other archaeological evidences found in the land called Pansalyaya in Grama Niladhari Division No. 11C, Sagama in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Thirukkovil in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 07º 06′ 12” N and longitude 081º 45′ 45” 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 of Buddhist civilization in the area in the past.

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Travel Directions to Sagama Pansalyaya Archaeological Site

Route from Ampara to Sagama Pansalyaya Archaeological Site
Through : Eragama
Distance : 35 km
Travel time : 1.5  hours
Time to spend : 30-60 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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