Kudumbigala Monastery, Arugambay

Kudumbigala is a the magnificent monastery of the Digamadulla. 

Situated within the northern parts of the Ruhuna National Wildlife Park and a short distance from the eastern beach of Panama, Kudumbigala is a monastery with more than 200 cave accommodations. Initially designed to house the meditating arhants of Anuradhapura from the hustle and bustle of the urban life, Kudumbigala reached its glorious peak during the time of King Dutugamunu in the first century BC.The one of a kind cylindrical shape stupa on the top of the mountain can be reached through steps carved on to the mountain. Many other stupas of the same unique shape but of smaller size lies in ruin within the monastery premises and are believed to enshrine the remains of the arhants.

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Latitude: 6.647967 Longitude: 81.723998 Elevation: 136 ft
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Udana Wickramasinghe

Hours Open

During daylight hours

Time Period Represented

First century BC.

Seasons Open

All year round

Accessibility Notes

Colombo – Ratnapura – Wellawaya - Siyambalanduwa – Lahugala – Potuvil Clock Tower – turns right to panama road – Arugambay – continue onto (panama – kumbukkana road) – turn right onto (kudumbigala maha thapowanaya road) - Kudumbigala Monastery complex (355 km – 5 Hours 42 min)

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