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|Year and Month||October, 2015|
|Number of Days||One|
|Weather||Sunny mornings and Gloomy evenings|
|Route||Monaragala -> Wellawaya -> Thanamalvila -> Mattala -> Hambanthota -> Ambalanthota -> Nonagama -> Ussangoda -> A18 -> Ambalanthota -> Ridiyagama road -> Godawaya -> returned via A2 & A4|
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- Ramba viharaya
- Gangarama rmv
- Walawe ganga estuary
- Giri hadu temple
- Therapuththa rmv
- Rangiri viharaya
- Galankuttiwala rmv
- Uchawalika Temple
- Veheragodella Temple
- Wilgam rmv
- Gallavila rmv
- Galenda rmv
- Godawaya rmv
Ussangoda ( 6° 5’55.49″N 80°59’10.54″E)
My first stop was Ussangoda plain which is believed to be a part of Ravanas legend. Since it was the rainy season the colours produced some stunning scenery
Ramba viharaya ( 6°11’42.92″N 80°56’57.91″E)
From Nonagama I took off towards Ramba vehera (A18) which is about 8km’s from Nonagama. This extensive archaeology site needs about 2 hours to properly explore and there were many buildings which were restored. This is believed to be done during King Maha Naga’s era.
Gangarama rmv ( 6° 6’15.15″N 81° 0’39.70″E)
After passing Nonagama village guest house I came across a road to the right which took me to the beach. After meeting a 3way junction I took the left turn and ended at Gangaramaya temple. There is an image house with an ancient “Pirith mandapaya” in it where Kandyan era paintings could be seen and the floor of it had square clay tiles. The head priest also mentioned about a similar “pirith mandapaya” at Kassagala.
Walawe ganga estuary
From the temple I entered to the beach and headed towards the Walawe ganga estuary which is a scenic location. Please don’t consider getting in to the water at this point because there are many man eating crocs (even the fisherman fear them)
Pulinathalaramaya ( 6° 6’12.38″N 81° 0’17.75″E)
From Gangaramaya I returned back to the 3way junction and took the other road and ended up at Pulinthalaramaya. Here also an image house could be found. The lower level paintings have been damaged due to the tsunami but the upper paintings still could be visualized. These paintings belong to the Kandyan era.
Giri hadu temple ( 6° 7’22.26″N 81° 1’12.33″E)
Just before the bridge of Walawe river at Ambalanthota one would come across a road side ancient temple where few monoliths could be seen. This is said to be done by King Kavanthissa and “Kesha dathu” of lord Buddha could be found in this pagoda.
Therapuththa rmv ( 6° 6’43.54″N 81° 1’6.17″E)
From Ambalanthota town I took the road in front of Ridiyagama road and reached Therapuththa temple. Where and interesting inscription and many ruins could be found. (This temple relates historically to the giant called Therapuththabaya)
Rangiri viharaya ( 6° 7’37.28″N 81° 1’19.72″E)
After returning back to the town I took the road which starts at the post office and ended up at an ancient temple. There were few ruined statues and huge monoliths in the temple premises plus a huge flower alter.
Galankuttiwala rmv ( 6° 8’3.16″N 81° 1’29.98″E)
I returned back to the town to take the Beragama road and after about 2Km’s I reached this ancient temple where few scattered ruins could be found.
Uchawalika temple ( 6° 8’58.67″N 81° 0’39.20″E)
From Galankuttiwala I headed back to Ridiyagama road and proceeded towards Ridiyagama until I came across an archaeology board directing towards Uchawalika temple. At this temple a ruined image house with a broken statue and a restore pagoda could be found.
Veheragodella temple ( 6° 9’56.97″N 81° 0’59.53″E)
From Uchawalika I headed towards Bolana and just before Bolana School I took the Koggalla road. 1km from this junction Veheragodella temple could be found. At this temple few scattered ruins and a broken statue could be found.
Wilgam rmv ( 6° 9’37.41″N 81° 2’33.98″E)
Passing Veheragodella I headed towards Beragama. At Beragama with the guidance of locals I took the post office road until I reached the ancient temple of Wilgam. At this temple few ruined buildings could be found. There was also a broken statue.
Punyawardanaramaya ( 6° 9’25.54″N 81° 2’6.75″E)
Continuing along the above said road will take one towards another small temple where few scattered ruins and an ancient pagoda could be found.
Gallavila rmv ( 6° 8’58.67″N 81° 3’14.56″E)
From Punyawaradanaramaya I headed south to take the Beragama road. When the Beragama road ended at a 3way junction (close to Beragama tank) I took a right turn and again took a left turn to reach an ancient temple in the region where a restored pagoda plus a caved image house could be found.
Galenda rmv ( 6° 7’42.70″N 81° 2’45.54″E)
I returned back on Beragama road until I reached the junction where I entered Beragama road after visiting Punyawaradanaramaya. I headed towards A2 on this road and about 1Km before reaching the main road I came across another ancient temple. Few scattered ruins and two lovely guard stones could be found at this temple.
Godawaya rmv ( 6° 6’32.07″N 81° 3’4.60″E)
At Dehigahalanda School (On A2) I took a road towards the south and reached the ancient temple of Gothapabbatha. Since the road was under construction had to take few byroads in the process of reaching it. It is believed that King Kavanthissa’s farther Gotabaya did this temple and there is an interesting inscription mentioning that taxes should be donated to the temple which was earned by the ancient Godawaya fort. In the nearby ocean many artifacts and many submerged ships have been identified.
In this journey my main navigation tool was Google maps because most of these temples were mapped properly on it. So I recommend Google maps if you attempt on visiting these temples. This would be the last report by me from southeast Sri Lanka for a while.