Wathuruwa Rajamaha Viharaya at Sella Kataragama is an ancient Buddhist temple belonging to the kingdom of Ruhuna believed to be built by the regional king Mahanaga, brother of king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC) .
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Sella Kataragama area has been developed as an multi cultural area attracting all walks of life from Buddhists, Hindus and the indigenous Veddas.
Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya is a cave temple complex with has been dated to 2nd century BC and it is believed that the King Devanamapiyatissa and Queen Viharamahadevis marriage was consummated.
Yala was initially started as a Game Sanctuary by the British in 1894 today Yala National Park has the highest concentration of Leopards in the world.
This massive Tissamaharama Stupa (Tissamaharamaya) is believed to be built by King Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC or King Kavanthissa in the 1st century BC and is the largest stupa in the ancient southern kingdom.
Situated in Kirinda in Hambanthota District, Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya has also being called Chiththala Pabbatha in the ancient texts. Stone Inscriptions has identified this location as “Chithala Paawatha Vehera”. This temple complex is attributed to King Kavanthissa who ruled southern area…
In the Culavamsa there is a verse probably referring to the King Aggabodhika who ruled during the 7th century and which says, ‘ In Kanagama (the Village of the Blind) he built a hospital named ‘ The Image’. There the…
Maligawila Buddha Statue is carved out of a single limestone rock and stands about 14.5 metres high. This is the tallest free standing buddha image in the ancient Sri Lanka. Dambegoda Bodhisattva statue, Another massive statue in the same complex stands 500 meters away.
A fisherman roaming the sea-coast spied a strange craft cast ashore at a spot called Dovera, near Kirinda. Coming nearer, he beheld the princess and forthwith carried the news to the king of the southern kingdom of Rohana – where Kavantissa ruled at Magama
Kataragama is one of the few places in Sri Lanka which is worshipped by most of the popular religious people in Sri Lanka. According to the Buddhists, Katragama is one of the 16 places visited by Buddha (solos maha stana) during his 3 visits to Sri Lanka.
Though the Martello Tower at Hambantota is not spread in a large area, it could also be considered as a defense watchtower. Generally believed to be a Dutch fortification, but actually built by Capt. Goper of the Army Engineers during the British Period.