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|Year and Month||December, 2013 (22nd)|
|Number of Days||One Day Trip|
|Transport||By bus and walking|
|Activities||Trekking, Archeology and Photography|
|Route||Kalawana -> Samanpura -> Kukuluwa Temple -> Pimbura -> Back to Colombo|
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Kukuluwa Temple is situated on top of Nirieli Kanda නිරිඇලි කන්ද (1500feet) in Rathnapura District at Ayagama (අයගම) area. There are three pathways to reach this temple; two of them are foot pathways. Even along other road also needs a good four wheel vehicle to reach the temple. Climbing to this temple is a nice experience and it reminds me the Kuruwita trail of Sri Pada. There for I decided to share my experience with others.
Historical back ground of Kukuluwa Temple.
This is the oldest cave temple of Kukulu region (කුකුළු කෝරලේ). It is believed King Walagamba (වළගම්බා රජතුමා) has stayed here following the war and then he built this temple. But there are no historical evidences for this. Second thought is this temple belongs to Kotte period and archeologists have accepted it.
As it is situated in “Kukulu Korale” කුකුළු කෝරලේ, it is called Kukuluwa temple. But it’s previous name was “Kanaththe Gal Len Wiharaya” කනත්තේ ගල්ලෙන් විහාරය.
How to approach Kukuluwa Temple.
- You can reach Samanpura (සමන් පුර) from Kalawana via Rajjuwaththa (රජ්ජුවත්ත) by bus (Half an hour journey) then have to climb up about 3-4km. (1.5-2 hour climbing). The foot pathway is clear, scenic and has to cross few water streams.
- You can reach Pimbura (පිඹුර) from Kalawana or Idangoda (ඉඩන්ගොඩ) by bus (Pimbura is situated in between Kalawana and Idangoda) and then follow the foot pathway towards the temple. This foot pathway joins with the path from Samanpura. It has less distance but less scenic.
- You can reach the temple from Niriella (නිරිඇල්ල). There is a gravel road from Niriella to the temple only can be driven by good four wheel vehicle.
After 2hour journey we reached the temple. As it was an ancient temple, it was attacked by treasurer hunters in various occasions. Nowadays it is hard to see ancient things at this temple premises. Only one Buddhist priest is there. He was very kind to show us the temple.
After visiting about one hour at this temple we followed the same route to come down and got the pathway to Pimbura to descend. On our way back, we had a dip at Pimbura.
Thanks for reading.