Wahawa Rajamaha Vihara Archaeological Site

Wahawa Rajamaha Vihara Archaeological Site (වහව රජමහා විහාර පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය)

What is visible above ground are broken pillar stumps from what appears to be two ancient buildings. a partially covered asana or flower altar and some unspecified stonework. However, the most interesting artefact found at this site is the top part of a broken pillar. The sump is with the pillar head carved from the same stone.

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වනයෙන් වැසී ඇති වැවෙහි ඉහත්තාව Forest cover in the reservoir bed

Ruins of Ancient Diga Wewa (Mahakandiya Wewa) Reservoir in Ampara

R L. Brohier has mentioned that there are legends that King Kavantissa (205-161 BC) stayed in this area on his way of pilgrimage to Seruvila from Magampura and has made his son Saddhatissa to stay at Dighawewa. Accordingly, it can safely assume that Digawewa would have been in existence even before the 2nd-3rd century BC. However it is not mentioned when Diga wewa was last used for human use.

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Bandaraduwa Weheragodella Archaeological Ruins in Ampara

Bandaraduwa Weheragodella Archaeological Ruins in Ampara (අම්පාර බණ්ඩාරදූව වෙහෙරගොඩැල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය)

Hidden deep in the jungle of Ampara off the remote village of Bandaraduwa lies the ruins known as Weheragodella (Veheragodella). The site is rocky surface near the ancient Nawagiriyawa reservoir. The rock plain of Weheragodella is scattered with stone remains of a building. More ruins may lie beneath the surface.

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Ruins of a Stupa at the Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Site 2 in Akkaraipattu

Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Site 2 in Akkaraipattu (අක්කරේපත්තුව අලිකම්පේ බෞද්ධ පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන් 2)

These Buddhist Archaeology Ruins lies on number of rocky outcrop amidst vast paddy fields of Aligambai. These ruins are spread over an vast area covering several rock surfaces all lying in a cluster. Remains of at least 2 stupas are seen on 2 rocks now almost completely destroyed.

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Dilapidated stupa at the top of the rock of Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Ruins in Ampara

Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Ruins in Akkaraipattu (අක්කරේපත්තුව අලිකම්පේ බෞද්ධ පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්)

The people living in Aligambai belong to a special indigenous group of gypsies who used to have their ways and life styles and speak a different language from the rest of the larger community. These Buddhist Archaeology Ruins lies on a rocky outcrop amidst vast paddy fields of Aligambai.

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Reclining Buddha statue destroyed by treasure hunters at the Bambaragasthalawa Caves inside Kumana

Bambaragasthalawa Naga Pabbata Monastery Ruins in Kumana (බඹරගස්තලාව නාග පබ්බත විහාරය)

The extensive ruins at Bambaragasthalawa consist of several caves with drip ledges hewn on the brow of the entrance. According to a pre-christian cave inscription on one of the caves, its original name has been Nakapavatha. Therefore Nicholas has been concluded that this monastery is probably the Naga Pabbata Viharaya built by King Gotabhaya, ruler of the Rohana kingdom very early in the 2nd century BCE.

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