Distance from Tangalle – 37.0 km (47 minutes)
Gota Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple which is situated in Ambalantota in the Hambantota district. It is located on a rocky outcrop near the mouth of the Walawe River in the village of Godawaya, which used to be an ancient shipping port. The temple, which was built by King Gotabaya in the 2nd century BC, is believed to have been used as an administrative point for this port. An image house and chapter house have been discovered as a result of the excavations done in this location. These include a 3.5 m tall standing Buddha statue and two bodhisattva statues, each of which is 1.8 m tall.
Getting to Gota Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya
From Tangalle travel along the Colombo – Galle – Hambantota – Wellawaya Highway passing Netolpitiya and Hungama up to Ambalantota to reach the Gota Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya which is situated in the village of Godawaya in Ambalantota.