Village Experience near Arugam Bay

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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.

Community English Speaking Guide Transport from/to Arugam Bay
Entrance ticket to the Magul Maha Vihara temple in Lahugala Lunch with local family in a Tamil village nearby
Accommodation in Arugam Bay.
Guide tips and extras

What to bring:

  • Camera
  • 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.


8:00 am | Departure from Arugam Bay

Leave hotel after an early breakfast / or packed breakfast for Lahugala Excursion.


08:30 am | Reach Lahugala Village

Reach Lahugala village and you will be welcomed by the Community guides at the Lahugala Temple. Then proceed with the community guides to visit a village home garden and have tea with local snacks.


09:30 am | Magul Maha Vihara

Visit the Magul Maha Vihara, ancient temple in Lahugala. This temple is famous for two reasons. One being the location for the Royal wedding of King Kawantissa and Princess Devi. The other reason is it possesses a unique “Moon Stone” with a carving of men in it. At the entrance to the temple there is a small archeological museum with lot of artifacts excavated from the site: though still not organized properly, the museum is worth exploring.


11:00 am | Visit the village and project

After the visit proceed to a nearby village by tuk tuk, where you will meet our partner organization who works with the local farmers in the promotion of organic agriculture and small cooperative organizations. You will be able to visit the local nursery for plantlets, the home gardens with the different vegetables and fruits cultivated in an organic way.

Afterwards, proceed to one of the village families, where you will be welcomed for a community lunch with them.


12:00 pm | Lunch

Enjoy the traditional lunch of Rice & Curry prepared by a village farmer family, done in a local Tamil way.


1:00pm | Back to Arugam Bay

After lunch proceed back to Arugam Bay.



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