Alawala village, Gampaha district.
|Classification:||Rock Shelter Painted Cave|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
Jinadasa Katupotha, Aravinda Sumanarathna (2020):
Geotourism And Geoheritage Potentials: Vistas And Unique Opportunities Of Sri Lanka
WILDLANKA Vol.8, No.2, pp. 50-100, 2020.
|Address:||Alawala Caves, Tel: +94-.|
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අලවල පුරාණ පොත්ගුල් (alavala purāṇa potgul, Alawala Caves) is a prehistoric site which was excavated by the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR) from the University of Kelaniya. The full name is අලවල පුරාණ පොත්ගුල් ලෙන් රජමහා විහාරය (Alawala Pothgul Len Rajamaha Viharaya). The cave is called Pothgul Kanda (Cave of Books) by the locals, because it was once used by monks who left inscriptions in the cave. There are actually three caves, or better shelters, Vihara Lena, Potgul Lena, and Thapo Lena, which is the reason why the name is plural. Vihara Lena contains a large reclining Buddha statue.