Distance from Polonnaruwa – 5.8 km (11 minutes)
Lankathilaka Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Polonnaruwa. It is one of the most emblematic structures of the Polonnaruwa era. Built by King Parakramabahu the Great, the temple has two walls each with a thickness of 4 m & height of 17 m. These two walls form a narrow aisle which leads to a very impressive, though now sadly headless Buddha statue standing at a height of over 14 m. The entrances of the viharaya are guarded by statues similar to those found in vatadages and the interior walls of the temple are painted with murals.
Getting to Lankathilaka Viharaya
From Polonnaruwa travel approximately 3.8 km along the Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway towards Janapada Mawatha and turn to the Polonnaruwa-Hingurakgoda Road at the 26th Mile Post. Travel approximately 2 km along this route to reach the Lankathilaka Viharaya.