Toluvila Ruins at Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර තොලුවිල පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්

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The main image house of Toluvila Aramic Complex
The main image house of Toluvila Aramic Complex

Toluvila Aramic Complex lies in the outer circle of the ancient Anuradhapura city, close to the Anuradhapura railway station. It has been identified as the place where the Great Mahinda Thero took shelter on their way from Chethiya Pabbatha to Maha Viharaya in the 3rd century BC.

The monastery is appears to be belonging to the late Anuradhapura period (7-9th centuries). The original name of this site has not been discovered and it is now known as Toluvila, the name of the  village.

Toluvila consists of ruins of a once magnificent image house. Three granite caved images were discovered in this image house, one seated and 2 standing. The seated satue in the Samadhi posture measures 5 feet 9 inches in height and is considered the most elegant Samadhi Statue in Sri Lanka which is now moved to the National Museum in Colombo. A smaller bronze replica of the granite statue found underneath the seat is also kept in the National Museum.

The image house of the Toluvila is an Architecturally interesting building. Within the outer walls of the monastery is the shrine complex. Standing at the each end of the monastery is the sacred quadrangle to the north and the shrine complex to the north. Some scholars believe this to be a Bodhigara and not an image house.

Toluvila has been identified as a Pabbata Vihara Complex based on architectural features which includes a moat surrounding the vihara complex. A large number of ruined buildings surrounds the main image house which at a elevated platform. This main image house is the most prominent and preserved though no statues exists.

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Driving Directions to Toluvila Ruins at Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttlam (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 Anuradhapura

Route 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Though : Negombo - Chillaw - Puthlam
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
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Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
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Route 03 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route from Kandy to Anuradhapura

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Padeniya - Thambuthegama
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Katugastota - Matale - Dambulla
distance from Colombo :139 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station to Toluvila Ruins at Anuradhapura

Distance : 700 meters
Travel time : 5 minutes
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