Distance from Anuradhapura – 43.1 km (54 minutes)
Thanthirimale Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple which is situated in the village of Thanthirimale in North Central province of Sri Lanka. The temple and the village of Thanthirimale have a historic importance. It is believed that Sangamitta Theri, who brought the sapling from Sri Maha Bodhi India, stopped at this location on her way to Anuradhapura. It is believed that one branch that separately grew from this pot was planted at that Thanthirimale village to remember this historic and sacred incident. This incident has led some to believe that this may be the first Sri Maha Bhodi plant in the country.
Getting to Thanthirimale Raja Maha Viharaya
From Anuradhapura travel along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway, Watawandana Road, Mahawilachchiya Road and Thanthirimale Road to reach the Thanthirimale Raja Maha Viharaya in Thanthirimale.