Enjoy a unique Community-based experience in a Tamil Village near Arugam Bay
Discover the off-the beaten track ancient Buddhist temple in Lahugala.
This tour will take you to discover the livelihoods of local farmers in a small tamil village near Arugam Bay, visit the hidden Lahugala Buddhist temple and travel through the Lahugala National Park. This tour is part of our Responsible and Community-based Tourism offers, which supports local communities and farmers’ societies through the promotion of sustainable tourism. The Magul Maha Vihara is a beautiful archeological site that features the place where King Kavan Tissa (205-161 BC) married his wife, Vihara Maha Devi. The word “magul” is the Sinhalese word for wedding. Your guide will explain the history and cultural context of the site as you explore it together.
Magul Maha Vihara is a archeological complex that was constructed in the 2nd Century BC and is still a pilgrimage site as well as monastery for Buddhist monks. It also has a remarkable monument called “Sandakada Pahana”, the Moon
Stone, which has carved a row of elephants with their keepers. It is the only monument in Sri Lanka that depicts both elephants and their keepers. Surrounding the site there is forest and is a very good location to watch birds as well as the chance to see elephants in the nearby water tank of Lahugala.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Arugam Bay|
|PACKAGE DURATION||7 hours|
What to bring:
- Hat for the sun
- Sun block
- Flip flops
Rates are per person on a 2 pax basis. Please enquire us if you are travelling on a larger group.