Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – තොට්ටම අරියාකාර රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්යා භූමිය
Thottama is an remote village far away from any major road network in Damana Divisional Secretaries Division. The ancient temple of Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be built during the 1st century BC to the time of king Saddhatissa.
Ruins of this temple includes a ruins of a stupa at the top of a rock known as Vehera Pudaamaya, ruins of ancient buildings and crude etchings of a Bahirawa Figure, a Snake and a horse on a rock surface.
The ancient stupa and other archaeological remains of the Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;
“A rock called “Vehera Pudamaya” with other archaeological evidences including inscriptions at Ariyakara Vihara Premises, ruins of buildings, flight of steps, illustrations of animals and other sketches in Peranigama Village in Grama Niladari Division Thottama W/25 in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana in Ampara District in Eastern Province.”
Map of Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site
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Travel Directions to Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site
Route from Ampara to Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site
|Through : Hingurana – Damana|
Distance : 35 km
Travel time : 45 mins
Time to spend : 30-60 mins
Driving directions : see on google map