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The East

Ampara

    The valley that developed with the construction of the giant reservoir, senanayake samudra, earlier, the galoya valley

was a primeval wilderness and the habit of the aboriginal veddha s. the area has charming natural landscapes, which provide delight and profit to the naturalist, painter, and anthropologist. A veritable paradise for bird watchers, the herds of elephant are its main attraction both fauna and avifauna attract a large number of tourists and wild life lovers.

 

Buddhangala monastery

Hidden among at hick jungle full of wild elephants and leopards is the buddhangala monastery, a Buddhist meditation center, which is nearby 2300 years old

Established in the secondary century BC by a provincial princess named, chitra , the ruins of a once thriving temple and monastery is found scattered over an area of 200 acres within the jungle . the standing ruins spreading across five rocky mountains scattered with ponds tells the story of a vast heritage in the days gone by when ampara was flourishing agricultural and trade base in the fast of sri lanka , then known as digamadulla.

The monastery had been built in and around a rocky mountain scattered with caves and ponds , which are now the home and play ground of many a wild beasts. The temple that is found on site today is Buitona Mountain, which holds the finely carved stone remains of five buildings and a ruined stupa, which is yet to be excavated.

Although the and of the civil war, which engulfed the east coast of the country for the last two decades , had seen an increase of travelers to ampara , buddhangala monastery still remains hidden among the jungle, a forest heritage of ancient tradition.

 

Jayanthi wewa

Built damming the water of pallan oya river jayanthi wewa near the towering wandigala is an idyllic sight in an evening scattered with a few fishing boats and the ever present elephant s around it gathered for a dip.

The reservoir is a source of water to the elephant herds who roam the bordering gal oya national wildlife park . And the flocks of bird like little cormorant , Malayan night heron, lesser whistling – duck and spot billed pelican , who gather at the reservoir in search of food and nesting ground.

The elephant s also roam the mountain of wadinagala , which stand s 2400 feet tall challenging the brave and the reckess.

It is famed to be a mountain , one considered as an alternative to bear the foot marks of the lord Buddha and its heritage in ancient Buddhism is visible in many ruins scattered around the mountain . Beautiful guard stone s, rocks pillars and moonstones lie amidst the towering forest of ebony and stain wood , which is been plunderd by treasure hunters and illegal loggers to whom wadanagala had become a heaven of profit

Being the second highest peak of the galaoya sanctuary the climb towards the peak is perilous and should be undertaken with an experienced guide as the mountain is streaming with wild elephants.

 

Magul maha viharaya

Built to celebrate this union, which was to change the face of srilanka history forever , aamagul maha viharaya carries the look of a last city hidden amidst the towering trees of the jungle.

The 200- acre archaeological sites it apart from any other temple and had been the home to 1200 arahants some 2000years ago. It also had been designed to serve the purpose of a monastery and a fortress were food , weapons and animal were kept in preparation for the datugamunu – elara war fought against the Tamil king from south India.

The temple complex itself consists of three country yards , exterior , interior and center.

The oldest archeological evidence found in the form of a stone inscription states. That the temple was constructed by king datusena and was renovated by a second viharamaha Devi, the wife of buwaneka bahu 4 and again by king parakramabahu 5 during 14th century.