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Ruins in Ampara


According to legend, Deegawapi is the one place in southeastern Sri Lanka that the Buddha visited. The stupa was built during the reign of King Saddhatissa (137–119 BC) and patched up in the 2nd and 18th centuries A…
Buddhist Site in Ampara

Buddangala Rajamaha Viharaya

Rising above the forest north of Ampara, this 150m-high hill offers panoramic views from its rocky summit (including, occasionally, of wild elephants at dusk). Buddangala is said to be 1800 years old, and when the o…
Buddhist Site in Ampara

Japanese Peace Pagoda

This pagoda, 4km west of town, is a graceful stupa with a twist or two, including a vaguely Roman-looking colonnade ringing its lower level. Niches containing gilded Buddhas contrast superbly with the whitewashed bo…
Sri Lankan in Ampara

Keells New City

A good bet for a lunchtime rice and curry, kotthu in the evening or quick eats (deep-fried snacks and other small bites) for the times in between. There is an adjoining bakery and supermarket. It's just east of the …
Hindu Site in Ampara

Sri Manika Pillaiyar

The Sri Manika Pillaiyar, which boasts an array of Hindu statuary illuminated by fairy lights, gives Ganesh a lovely view across Ampara Tank. It's about 1km west of the main traffic circle.
Buddhist Temple in Ampara

Mandala Mahavihara

The central Buddhist Mandala Mahavihara has a large pagoda. Its interior is somewhat tackily painted with Buddhist scenes and a cloud-dotted ‘sky’.