Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Thammennawahinna Archaeological Reserve (කහටගස්දිගිලිය කල්පේ තම්මැන්නාවහින්න පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය)

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Kalpe Thammennawahinna (Thammennahinna) Archaeological Reserve lies somewhat in the middle of Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Road. Its 48 km away from Anuradhapura and 61 km away from Trincomalee. Traveling from Anuradhapura passing Mihintale, Kahatagasdigiliya and the Kalpe wewa, you come across the Kalpe Junction, 13 km past Kahatagasdigiliya. From this junction take the gravel road to the left and travel two kilometers to reach the Thammennahinna hills where the ruins lie.

The archaeological site is abandoned by authorities and is covered by the jungle. The main artifact of the site is an fairly large stupa belonging to the Anuradhapura era (437 BCE – 1017 CE). There are number of ruins of buildings and stone pillars scattered around the site. Among them are remains of an image house with full length stone pillars and the base of a seated Buddha image. The life size Samadhi buddha statue which once stood majestically is lying in multiple pieces, destroyed by treasure hunters.

There ruins are spread along a 500 meter streach along the hill range. In addition to these ruins, there are number of drip ledge caves including one with Brahmi inscriptions. The inscription is too weathered to be read,

About 7 meters away southwest of the stupa lies remains of a Tampita Viharaya. You can also see a moonstone, two stone balustrades (Korawak gal) and a pair of Guard Stones (Muragal) close to this building. Since the Bull which is seen on Anuradhapura era is missing in this moonstone, this building can be dated to the Polonnaruwa Era (1017-1236 CE). However the stone balustrades (korawak gal) laks any elaborate carvings.

In addition, there are foundations and remains of few other buildings as well close to the tampita viharaya. Based on the features of the holes on the stone artifacts which were result of splitting the rocks, these buildings can be placed to the early Anuradhapura period. Therefore this site shows activity from Anuradhapura kingdom to Polonnaruwa kingdom up the time time of Kandyan kingdom.

remains of a another building compex enclosed by a moat is found 200 meters east to the stupa in an area called Maligawatta which litterly means Palace Garden. During excavations carried out in this area in 1977, 7 Buddha images made of gold had been discovered which are now placed in Colombo Museum. The building complex surrounded by this moat is believed to be a aramic complex built in the Pabbatha Vihara style of architecture.

No photos are available of this site. The marker on the Google map below is placed on a approximate location and its best to consult a local priest or a villager to guide you to the ruins.


  1. Mendis, T., Abeywardana, N. and Dissanayaka, S. (2015) “මධ්‍ය යාන්ඔය නිම්නය ආශ්‍රිත පුරාණ ජනාවාස රටාව හා සංස්කෘතික භූ දර්ශනය,” The Journal of Archaeology & Heritage Studies, 2(1).

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Map of Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Thammennawahinna Archaeological Reserve

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The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites

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Travel Directions to Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Thammennawahinna Archaeological Reserve

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttalam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttalam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura
Through : Negombo – Chillaw – Puttalam
Distance from Colombo :213 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo : 217 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps
Route 03 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute from Kandy to Anuradhapura
Through : Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Padeniya – Thambuthegama
Distance from Colombo :210 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Katugastota – Matale – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :136 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Route from Anuradhapura to Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Thammennawahinna Archaeological Reserve
Through : Mihintale – Kahatagasdigiliya
Distance : 49 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Time to spend : 1 hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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