High up on a hill about 458m above sea level, in Kotapola (74km from Galle)on the Galle Deniyaya road is an ancient cave temple and a Devale. A winding road with several hair-pin bends leads to the temple and the Devale, A distance of about a kilometre from the main road. This temple had been constructed during the reign of king Wattagamini Abhaya houses a large recumbent statue of the Buddha. Devalaya adjoining the temple is dedicated to Rajjuru Bandara Deviyo a regional deity of Ruhuna and is well known for its miraculous powers.

Raja Maha Vihara of Getabaruwa is located on the summit of famous Getabaru Kanda at an elevation of 1500 feet above the mean sea level in the village of Katapola between 45-47 mile posts on Gall Deniyaya main road, and within the area of authority of Divisional Secretary’s division of Kotapola in historic Matota, the birth place of many learned and wise sons and daughters of Mother Lanka. The mountain which gives a charming splendid scenic beauty even at a distance is surrounded by many guardian attendant mountains. On one side it is connected to Rakwana hills and the virgin Sinharaja forest and on the other side to Morawak Kanda mountain and is extended to the thick forest.Natures splendid Inheritance

Natural beauty around the temple is charmingly attractive to the eye. It is rich with rare medicinal plants and local animal species. The peak is a unique creation of Mother Nature. The Raja Maha Vihara of Getabaruwa located on the peak is 1 ¼ miles from Kotapola Bazaar.

This age old rock temple is located in a cave of 30 feet which is a majestic creation of the Nature. Inside the care,there is a sleeping Buddha statue of 18 “riyanas” in length. On the side of the Vihara there is the devale of god Ragguru Bandara and on the other side are the devalas of gods Vishnu and Kataragama.


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