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A few kilometres inland from Okanda lies the Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage. Hundreds of caves there had given shelter to the Buddhist monks as far back as the first century BC to date.
Just East of Lahugala lies a cluster of ruins of the ancient Buddhist Temple called the ‘Magul Maha Viharaya’ built by King Dhatusena (515-526 AD). With the ruins of dagoba, vatadage, image house and well-persevered doormats called moonstones the location within the jungle has become a site of religious worship.
Magul Maha Viharaya : The Magul Maha Viharaya, which was constructed during the reign of King Dhatusena, is also believed to be the venue where the royal wedding of King Kavantissa and Princess Vihara Maha Devi had taken place. It is located eight kilometres west of Pottuvil along the A4 main road.