Distance from Arugam Bay – 5.1 km (11 minutes)
Introduction to Muhudu Maha Viharaya
Muhudu Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple that is situated in Pottuvil in the Ampara district. The temple is believed to have been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavantissa of Ruhuna. Today, only ruins of the temple remain, which consist of remains of ancient stupas, Avasa Geya, Seema Malaka, and a few statues. The most important ruins of the temple include the stone statues of Buddha and two statues believed to be of old kings or gods.
History of Muhudu Maha Viharaya
Muhudu Maha Viharaya has historical importance as it is believed to be the landing place of Viharamahadevi, who was destined to become the wife of Kavantissa. The ancient chronicle Rajavaliya mentions of Devi, the daughter of the king of Kelaniya, was cast to sea in a Golden Vessel to appease the gods, and washed ashore near the Muhudu Maha Vihara in Pottuvil. It was she who later became the Queen of King Kavantissa, under the name Viharamahadevi.
Getting to Muhudu Maha Viharaya
From Arugam Bay travel approximately 5.1 km along the Panama Road to reach the Muhudu Maha Viharaya in Muhudu Maha Vihara Mawatha, Pottuvil.