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Akerawita Lenawara Raja Maha Vihara

@ Explore Sri Lanka By Tharuka Dissanaike

The mellow-voiced young priest explained to us why this temple was historically important. This was, apparently one of the hiding places of King Walagamba, who fled invaders capturing the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura and hid in the jungle clad southern parts of the island until it was safe for him to emerge and re-establish kingship.


The temple is known to be the only place in the island which could boast of a natural elephant kraal. Elephant kraals were used to trap wild jumbos for domestication.

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