Namal Pokuna Aramic Complex
This viharaya is situated on same road leading to the famous Dimbulagala Raja Maha Viharaya from Pollonnaruwa but few kilometres before. This is also built on the same rocky mountain range which Dimbulagala stands but this place seems to be rarely visited. Therefore the unspoilt nature and the ancient monuments standing alone inside the forest makes this a very enjoyable trip.
At the entrance are newer buildings. From here you have to walk about ¾ kilometres towards the top of the mountain. There are few places you have to climb, but generally it’s a pleasurable walk with a mild climb.
We were also accompanied by the temple dog all the way to the top and directed us when we were not sure which way to go. (we were the only people there) Once we were at the top, he directed us to all the monuments one by one and came down with us.
Passing the main site, there are caves which priests sat in meditation and a pond, but this area has not been cleared and is covered by jungle.
Unlike Dimbulagala Raja Maha Viharaya which is now renovated and lost its ancient look, this temple has gone through very minimum restoration just enough to stop further destruction.
Other Sites Around Namal Pokuna
March 28, 2007