Distance from Nuwara Eliya – 48.5 km (1 hour 32 minutes)
Pusulpitiya Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple which is situated in Pusulpitiya village of Nuwara Eliya district, close to Kotmale. The temple has been designated as an archaeological protected site and also has some history behind it. It is believed to be the location where Prince Dutugemunu spent his childhood while Elara was in reign in Anuradhapura. Pusulpitiya Raja Maha Viharaya dates back to the 3rd century and has a sacred Bo tree which is believed to have been planted during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. The temple is also said to have given refuge for the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, three times during periods of turmoil and political unrest in the country.
Getting to Pusulpitiya Raja Maha Viharaya
From Nuwara Eliya travel along the Avissawella – Hatton – Nuwara Eliya Highway, Tawalantenne – Talawakele Road and Harangala – Kalapitiya – Kumbaloluwa Road passing Nanuoya and Talawakelle to reach the Pusulpitiya Raja Maha Viharaya which is situated in Pusulpitiya village of Nuwara Eliya district, close to Kotmale.