Samanalathenna Arnaya and the Archaeological Site – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය සමනලතැන්න ආරණ්‍ය හා පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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The Rock pool at the Samanalathenna Aranya

The Rock pool at the Samanalathenna Aranya
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Located at the foot of the Samanalathenna mountain range, ruins of ancient buildings, ponds and a stupa at the Samanalathenna Forest Hermitage in Dehiaththakandiya is believed to be belonging to the Polonnaruwa era (11th – 13th centuries).  The ruins are scattered in an area of about 25 acres an the ancient drip ledge caves on this site today serves as residence and meditation “kuti” for the bikkus of the hermitage. The ruins of the Samanalathenna Hermitage was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location of as follows ;

“232. Samanalathenna mountain range with drip ledged cave complex, hillock of Chaitya, Chronicles, ponds and place containing ruins of buildings at the foot of the mountains range at the place of (Latitude 07º 40′ 36” N and longitude 081º 4′ 49.5” E) near the premises of Samanalathenna vihara in Samanalathenna village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. 142/N, Kadirapura in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Dehiaththakandiya in Ampara District in Eastern Province.

234. Rock inscription, hillock of Dagoba and the site containing ruins of buildings at the place of (Latitude 07º 40′ 36” N and longitude 081º 4′ 49.5” E) in Samanalathenna village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. 142/N, Kadirapura in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Dehiaththakandiya in Ampara District in Eastern Province.”

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Route from Mahiyanganaya to Samanalathenna Arnaya and the Archaeological Site

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Distance : 47 km
Travel time : 1 hour
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