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Monaragala Veheradivulana Archaeological Site – මොණරාගල වෙහෙරදිවුලාන නටබුන්

Steps cut in to the rock leading to the ruined stupas at the top at the Monaragala Veheradivulana Archaeological Site

An ancient temple complex going back to pre christian era hidden in the jungles on the Yala Border vandalized by treasure hunters.

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Wellawaya Kaluwala Ella Falls – වැල්ලවාය කලුවල ඇල්ල

Wellawaya Kaluwala Ella

Kaluwala Ella is a small but beautiful waterfall lying in the Monaragala District close to the Wellawaya town. The natural pool on top of the waterfall is relatively safe and it’s one of the best bathing sites in the whole district.

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Alugallena Monastery at Maligawila – මාලිගාවිල අළුගල්ලෙන වන සෙනසුණ

Alugalge lena / Alu lena boardering hulandawa oya

Alugallena is an ancient monastery lying on the banks of Hulandawa Oya near Maligawila. A single dwelling built under a ancient rock cave is occupied by a single monk.

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Maha Kebiliththa Devalaya – මහ කැබිලිත්ත දේවාලය

Maha Kabiliththa Devalaya

Maha Kebiliththa Devalaya is small shrine deep inside the block IV of the Yala National Park. The general belief is that that Deity Kataragama spends most of his time at tranquil Kebiliththa in meditation.

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Okanda Devalaya – ඔකඳ දේවාලය

Okanda Valli Amma Devale at the top of the Rock

For the devotees traveling on the annual Kataragama Pada Yathra, Okanda is the last gathering point before entering the unforgiving jungle of Kumana and then Yala where they would continue their weeks long walk towards the Katragagama Devalaya.

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Pareiyan Ella Falls – පරෙයියන් ඇල්ල

Pareiyan Ella Falls by Ashan Geeganage

Height : 14 meters District : Monaragala Deforestation on both sides of the Menik River has severely reduced the 14m-high Pareiyan Ella fall’s aesthetic beauty and endangered its existence. It is located in the Monaragala District, Badalkumbura Divisional Secretariat, Athala

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Menik Ganga Dunhinda Ella Falls – මැණික් ගඟ දුන්හිඳ ඇල්ල

menik Ganga Dunhinda Ella Falls

Height : 30 meters District : Monaragala To find the 30m Menik Ganga Dunhinda Ella Falls travel in the Badalkumbura Buttala Road for 5 km and come to the Old Gamsaba or the Old Village Council Road. Again travel along

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Berry’s Falls – බෙරීගේ ඇල්ල

Berry's Falls

Height : 9 meters District : Monaragala The 9m Berry’s Falls is situated in the Monaragala District, in the Bibile Provincial Secretariat in Karagahawela GS area in Helgama. Take the Bibile – Mahiyangena road until the 6th mile post. Turn

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Ellewala Ella Falls – ඇල්ලෙවල ඇල්ල

Elle Wala Ella Falls

Elle Wala Ella is a small but beautiful waterfall lying in the Monaragala District on the Ella – Wellawaya Road.

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Alawaththagoda Naya Kadura Ella Falls – අලවත්තගොඩ නයා කඳුර ඇල්ල

Alawaththagoda Naya Kadura Ella Falls

Height : 11 meters District : Monaragala The 11m Naya Kadura Ella Falls  fall is situated in Alawaththagoda village in the Monaragala District, in the Bibile Secretariat Division, and the nearest town is Bibile. Follow the Badulla road to the

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Lahugala Kitulana National Park – ලාහුගල කිතුලාන ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Size 1,554 hectares Main attraction Large herds of Elephants, Deer, Wild boar, Bear, Birds and Fish The Lahugala Park was initially declared a sanctuary on 1 st July 1966 and then upgraded to a national park on 1 st October

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Gal Oya National Park and Senanayake Samudraya – ගල්ඔය ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Fishermen at Gal Oya through the dead trees -Gal Oya National Park

with Senanayake Samudra Sanctuary, Gal Oya Valley North-East Sanctuary, Gal Oya Valley South-West Sanctuary Size Gal Oya National Park: 25,900ha Senanayake Samudra Sanctuary: 9,324ha Gal Oya Valley North-East Sanctuary: 12,432ha Gal Oya Valley South-West Sanctuary: 15,281ha Total : 62,937 ha

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Yudaganawa and Chulangani Viharaya – යුදගනාව ස්තූපය

Yudaganawa Stupa and the image house

Yudaganawa Temple is located close to Buttala on the Wellawaya– Buttala Road. This is one of the largest Stupas in the country and dates back to 2 nd century BC. This is thought to be place price Tissa and his

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Weherahena Viharaya – වෙහෙරහේන විහාරය

Weherahena Viharaya

Weherahena ( Veherahena) is popular temple among the buddhist pilgrims. Although there is nothing of historical significance, the story of the temple is quite interesting. In addition, the temple is said be the largest and the first tunnel temple in

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Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya – Siyambalanduwa – සියඹලාන්ඩුව වට්ටාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

Monoliths which long ago held large buildings at Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya

At the foot of a rocky hillock in Siyambalanduwwwa lies the ancient Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya which is said to be built by King Kawanthissa (205–161 BC) who Ruled the Magama Kingdom.

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Seethakanda Ancient Monastery at Monaragala – මොනරාගල සීතාකන්ද පුරාණ ආරාමය

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Seethakanda (Sitakanda, Seetakanda, Sithakanda) aranya is located in the district of Monaragala and is believed to be dating back to time of Polonnaruwa Era ( 1017-1236 AD). The area is scattered with ancient ruins indicating that this was a once

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Miella (Myella) Kanda Ancient Caves at Kotiyagala – මයිල්ල කන්ද ගුහාව නටබුන්

The large relining Buddha statue which haven't escaped treasure hunters Miella (Myella) Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Take the Moneragala-Siyambalanduwa highway. Turn off at Kodayana and go up to Kotiyagala. Walk along a jungle track for six miles and you reach two large caves on the slope of a mountain called Miella kanda. This huge cave shrine

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Muhudu Maha Viharaya at Pottuvil – පොතුවිල් මුහුදු මහා විහාරය

Muhudu Maha Viharaya - Pottuvil

It is said that Pottuvil Muhudu Maha Viharaya is the place where Queen Vihara Maha Devi and her entourage were washed ashore and not at Kirinda.

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Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya [2] – Bold father and son pair refuse to let Sasthrawela temple die

Sastrawela Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya

Hundreds of miles to the east, buried in vengeful jungle, is a historic Buddhist shrine. Few, if any devotees, worship there. Fearful of the bear, leopard and wild elephant, nobody lives in the surrounding areas. The only footsteps on the

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Sastrawela Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya – සාස්ත්‍රවෙල මනිනාග පබ්බත විහාරය

Sastrawela Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya

An important ruin remaining at Sastrawela which gives a glimpse of those prosperous times is Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya which is said to date back to the time of King Mahanaga, the first King of Ruhuna.

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Maligawila [2]

Maligawila - Maligawila Buddha Statue and and Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue

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

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Maligawila Buddha Statue and and Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue – මාලිගාවිල

Maligawila - Maligawila Buddha Statue and and Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue

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.

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Magul Maha Viharaya [3] – History and wilderness on road to East

Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya

For the traveller, the ceasefire has afforded many possibilities since the roads to the North and East of the island have been thrown open to adventure and are ready to be explored. As such, in February we decided to take

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Magul Maha Viharaya – Lahugala [2]

Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya

The day was bright and the sea a glittering turquoise blue with a strong wind sweeping over it. Some people standing on a beach saw an object shining with the rays of the sun being tossed to and fro by

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Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya – ලාහුගල මගුල් මහා විහාරය

Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya

Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya is said to be built by King Kavanthissa in the 2nd Century BC on the location where the King married the pricecess Vihara Maha Devi.

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Lahugala Kota Vehera – ලාහුගල කොටවෙහෙර

Lahugala Kota Vehera

Lahugala Kota Vehera has also been known as Kota Pabbatha, Kotagala Vehera and Lahugala Chethiya (Stupa). This complex is also said the have the largest image house ever found in the Rununa.

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Kudumbigala Monastery [2]

Kudumbigala Monastery

Panam Pattuwa is one of the most neglected areas of the Eastern Province. Kudumbigala, which is located in the Panam Pattuwa, is a hundred times worse. There is a thick jungle covering thousands of acres. No road worth its name

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Kudumbigala Monastery – කුඩුම්බිගල වන සෙණසුන

Kudumbigala Monastery

Kudumbigala Monastery lies eleven miles from Panama and seventeen miles away from the Kumana Village. Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks

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Habessa Ruins (Hebessa)

Habessa Ruins

Ruins of an ancient temple complex lies in deep in the jungle bordering the Yala National Park. Known as Habessa Ruins. Among these ruins are an ancient inscription and a cave with a large reclining Buddha statue with murals painted

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Uda Tambana Dewagiri Raja Maha Viharaya උඩ තඹාන දේවගිරි රජමහා විහාරය

Uda Tambana Dewagiri Raja Maha Viharaya

Uda Tambana lies between Bibile and Monaragala, about 28 km from Monaragala and 33 Km from Bibile. It is belived that this temple goes back to the period of king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC). According to the forklore, When the Mahinda

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Biso Pokuna At Galabedda – ගලේබැද්ද බිසෝ පොකුණ

Biso Pokuna At GalabeddaBiso Pokuna At Galabedda

Remains of a palace complex lies at the village of Galabedde (Galebedda), 10.5 km from Monaragala on the Pottuvil road. This includes an interesting sluice gate ponds, moats, ramparts and the remains of a palace thought be of a local

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