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Ratraveli Cave Viharaya (Maninaga Pabbata Vihara)

  Province Eastern
  District Ampara
  Nearest Town Pottivil
  Period Unknown
  Ruler Unknown

The remains of a very ancient dagoba of large dimensions has been found near the 73rd milepost on the Pottuvil-Panama road. At this site are dripledged caves, remains of ancient structures and Buddha statues of stone. The ancient name of the site was Bahogiri Nama Pavata according to an inscription of Mahadathika-Mahanaga (A.D. 719). The Archaeological Department says that there is no doubt that the site is the Maninaga Pabbata Vihara of the Mahawamsa.