Distance from Polonnaruwa – 3.2 km (6 minutes)
Dalada Maluva is an elevated area in the sacred city of Polonnaruwa in which many Buddhist buildings are situated. Dalada Maluva is situated along the Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway in Polonnaruwa. The buildings situated in this area include;
Hetadage of King Nissanka Malla
Atadage of King Vijayabahu I
Image of Bodhisathwa
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
Galpotha (Stone Book)
Sath Mahal Pasada
The entrance to the Dalada Maluva is through stone steps. The left side of these stone steps consists of a stone slab with three carved figures: A man pointing towards the Dalada Maluva, a crow and a dog. This is believed to warn all those who come to visit the place, that anybody who acts disrespectfully in the sacred area will be reborn as crows and dogs.
Getting to Dalada Maluva
From Polonnaruwa travel approximately 3.2 km along the Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway to reach the Dalada Maluva.