Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala

Magul Maha Viharaya is the place where history was made when the daughter of King Kelanitissa, the ruler of the Kelaniya kingdom married the King of Rohana, King Kavantissa, which unified the southern parts of Sri Lanka in the Second Century BC.

Built to celebrate this union which was to change the face of Sri Lankan history forever, Magul Maha Viharaya hosts many characteristics not found in many a temple.

Situated in Lahugala, amidst an elephant infested forest reserve of Lahugala Kithulana, Magul Maha Viharaya carries the look of a lost city hidden amidst the towering trees of the jungle.

The 200-acre archaeological site scattered with temple complexes and granaries sets it apart from any other temple and had been the home to 12,000 arahants some 2000 years ago. It also had been designed to serve the purpose of a monastery and a fortress where food, weapons and animals were kept in preparation for the Dutugemunu-Elara war fought against an invading Tamil King from South India.

The temple complex itself consists of three courtyards, exterior, interior and centre.

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Latitude: 6.882195 Longitude: 81.771324 Elevation: 52 ft
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Hours Open

During daylight hours

Time Period Represented

2nd century BC

Seasons Open


Visitor Fees

No fee

Accessibility Notes

Drive on the Siyambalanuwa - Pothuvil road. Take a right turn towards Lahugala village near the Lahugala Divisional Secretariate Office.

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