Sri Lanka is a beautiful island which offers plenty of opportunities to tourists to indulge in unforgettable holiday experiences. The ancient history and culture of the country is indeed quite remarkable. There are many wonderful sites that you can visit in Sri Lanka, if you have interest in learning more about the land’s magnificent heritage.
The beautiful Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient temple in the country that you really should consider visiting. It is located in a small village named Pilikuththuwa in the Gampaha District. It is quite easy to reach this temple from the main city of Colombo. You will have to travel on the Gampaha – Wathurugama road in order to get to the site. The temple is located in very close proximity to Maligatenna Raja Maha Viharaya, which is also an ancient temple. You can do a temple tour in the area with great ease when you travel in the island with Green Holiday Centre.
About Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya
Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya has recognized as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka. History said that the area that surrounds the temple inhabited during pre historic times too. The temple complex has 99 caves with drip ledges. This gives rise to speculation that the temple complex provided shelter to Sangha during 2nd and 3rd centuries. Today only 78 of these caves identified and they spread across an area of 200 acres.
Some historic records indicate that the famous King Valagamba who ruled in the island between 89 and 77 BC took shelter in this temple during the times of invasions which were carried out by South Indian kings.
A visit to the Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya will surely give you the chance to catch a glimpse of the wonders of the long forgotten days of the paradise island.