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Situlpawwa

Situlpawwa is a pilgrim village situated inside Yala National Park. From historical sites to cultural attractions, there are a number of exciting things to do in Situlpawwa. Although situated within the National Park, the place is accessible without actually needing to enter the park itself. A visit to this small village lets you explore the exhaustive list of all the local attractions. Situlpawwa is famed as a place where thousands of Arhaths lived once. If legends are to be believed, a novice monk called Thissa lived here. Later a stupa was built encasing his remains. Therefore, this place has also been known as Tissa Thera Chetiya.

Attractions

Situlpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya
This is an ancient Buddhist Monastery which is believed to have been built in the 2nd century BC by King Kavantissa. This ancient monastery, with a history over 2200 years, was a place of worship for devotees as well as a center of Buddhist education for Buddhist monks.

Sithulpawwa Stupa
The place is home to large number of stupas, cave temples, Buddha statues, a stupa house and image houses spread among a large land area. Among all this, there is a cave temple with ancient paintings belonging to the 3rd century BC. The main Stupa here has been built by flattening the top of a rocky mountain. The stupa can be reached by using the stone steps cut from the south and the north.

Small Situlpawwa
In addition to the main Situlpawwa Stupa there are other similar stupa and buildings on another hill called the ‘Small Situlpawwa’. Stupas have been built on each peak of this rocky mountain range and all these have been built in the Pre Christian Era.

Other attractions
Large amount of valuable items like exclusively made image of goddess Thara in a seating position along with many Buddha statues have been found from the excavations. Two Statues of the Awalokeswara Bodisattva can be seen on the main cave temple. One of these is dressed as a royal and the other is plainly dressed as a sage. A large number of rock inscriptions have been found throughout the vihara complex. All these belong to the pre Christian era.

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