Distance from Ella – 49.7 km (1 hour 13 minutes)
Budugallena Forest Monastery is an ancient monastery complex which is situated near Buttala in the Uva Province. In the past, it has been known as “Konketiya Viharaya”. The monastery complex consists of caves used for meditation of priests. It has been made by a son of Theraputtabaya, one of the generals of king Kavantissa (205–161 BC). Its history dates back to the pre-Christian era according to inscriptions found in the caves.
Getting to Budugallena Forest Monastery
From Ella travel along the Wellawaya – Ella – Kumbalwela Highway, Colombo – Batticaloa Highway and Badalkumbura – Buttala – Sella Kataragama Road passing Wellawaya, Pelwatta, Buttala and Thalakolawewa to reach the Budugallena Forest Monastery which is situated in the Uva Province.