14 November 2009


This ancient and sacred temple is situated in a remote place about 35 kilometers north west of Anuradhapura. It is situated on top of a rocky terrain. Thanthirimale is definitely a larger temple but it surely reminds Buddhangala Temple of Ampara.

As per the historical evidence this area is one of the oldest human settlements in Sri Lanka which dates back to pre 6th century BC. Also it is mentioned in many historical chronicles as a pivotal place all throughout the history.

The Bo tree here is said to be at least 2300 years old. It is a direct sapling of the famous Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura.

I’m not going to give detailed explanation about this place as Harumi has done a few wonderful narratives about this place. You can see those posts here, here and here.

The view from this wonderful hermitage is stunning. The above picture shows the granite Buddha statue which dates back to 8th century AD. I have uploaded more pictures of this wonderful place here.


rainfield61 said...

Sacred, remote and on top of a rocky terrain, you must have spent a tonne of effort in order to get this view.

Sean said...

What an awesome place!

If only the lesser known historical sights were given slightly better publicity... they are some much more interesting than the tourist traps in the main cultural centres.

Janith said...

Thanthirimale is indeed stunning! :D and Harumi, I wish she'd start blogging again soon! :(

eileeninmd said...

It is a pretty place and temple. Great shot.

poefusion said...

what a beautiful temple. such interesting places you share. hope all is well. have a great weekend.

George said...

It must be wonderful to visit such beautiful places with such a fascinating history. The pictures in your slide show are gorgeous.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Thanks for the education, K... The temple is gorgeous. I'd love to see it someday along with the Buddha statue you have posted.

Amila Salgado said...

Informative post, K.
You really are a good guide!

Dave Coulter said...

What an amazing place....I'd love to see that bo tree.

Kim, USA said...

Wow that is amazing. That is why I do really like to see places because of their majestic view and history.

Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it. Happy weekdays!

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Álvaro said...

Marvellous place and pictures. It seems to have been taken from an Indiana Jones film.
Greetings from Spain.

Nicole said...

It must be fascinating to go to that place!
Lovely statue!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes you have to walk quite a bit to get to the top.

Yes, Other than the main cultural centres there are many lesser known places in Sri Lanka all around the island.

Me too waiting till Harumi start her blogging again..

Thanks a lot!

Glad you like this place. will share more simliar places in future too.

Thanks and I'll add more photos of this place soon.

There are many similar places like this in Sri Lanka. You'll surely like visiting a place like this

Thanks mate!

Dave Coulter,
As per the historical chronicles there are quite a few saplings of the Sri Maha Bodhi was planted in many places in Sri Lanka. Thanthirimale is only one such place.

Manang Kim,
You are welcome and thanks for visitng and your comments :)

Thanks for your comments and surely Sri Lanka has lot of material for the perhaps next Indiana Jones Film :)

Thanks very much for your comments!

Harshi said...

@ K: Wow.. you always research about the places you visit don't you? That's a lot of facts I never knew. And your pictures are really nice too, and they are so different from the angles I've captured before. Thanks a lot for sharing these facts and pics plus adding my links too. I completely forgot I wrote all those posts. lol

@ Chavie: hehe.. it took me a while but I'm back again. =D

Kirigalpoththa said...


Thanks and you are most welcome! Thanks for your vivid description earlier so my work got simpler :)

Glad you are back :D