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Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple

  Province Western
  District Gampaha
  Nearest Town Yakkala
  Period Unknown
  Ruler Unknown

Once you enter to the Pilikuththuwa Temple, the Darma Shalawa ( preaching hall) is located by your right hand side. This was build in 1910. Once you pass it, you will reach the Boo maluwa. There are are two Boo trees are there but some times you may notice them as branches of one tree. Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Paintings which have some Portuguese Influence. King Wessantha is wearing socks and queen Manthree was drawn as a normal woman Once you pass the Boo tree you can reach the cave temple and the stupa. When you enter the cave temple, first you will be in a small section, where you can see some mural paintings. One of the noticeable thing is the disfigured mural paintings due to Portuguese influence. These were done in 16th century when the some parts of Sri Lanka were ruled by Portuguese. The paintings were done such a way that the king Vessanthara was wearing socks and shoes and even the queen Mathri was drawn as as with normal type of cloths, not much specialty. Most of the women are not wearing anything for the top. Those paintings were at your left side and you can see the original paintings with authentic Sri Lankan tradition by yor right hand side. The wooden ceiling of this section was decorated with paintings on Lotus, Palapethi and symbols belong to 12

lagna(rashi)

The doratupala figure located by entrance of the section 2( main cave temple) also wearing a Portuguese soldier uniform. Paintings on the Roof The section 2 is large in size and you can see Buddha statues, many other statues and many mural paintings.

Pilikuththuwa Stupa( dageba)

is located by right hand side of the cave temple inside a large cave. This dageba is small in size and believed that done in Mahanuwara kingdom time. Above the main entrance caves were cut in kataram style to avoid rain water drop inside.

Pilikuththuwa Upper Viharaya

This is a small viharaya located by the left side on the main cave temple. You have to climb around 20 steps to reach this. This is very small in size and you can Buddha statue and some other paintings inside that. This paintings believed to be done in British time.

Pilikuththuwa Stupa( dageba)

This is a small viharaya located by the left side on the main cave temple. You have to climb around 20 steps to reach this. This is very small in size and you can Buddha statue and some other paintings inside that. This paintings believed to be done in British time.

Wooden Bridge

This small wooden bridge was done between two awasa ( where monks lived) and believed to be done in Dutch period. You can see a water stream flows under that. This was renovated by Archaeological department recently.

Awasa

One of the awasa were done in Mahanuwara kingdom time and one was done under Dutch period of time. The last awasa done with English architectural design. You can see a "Dolawa" used by ven: Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanga". He came to Pilikutthuwa by this Dolawa and wend back by temple cart. So he left the dolawa in the temple.

Old Dolawa Caves at Pilikuththuwa

There are large number of caved located by the left side of the cave temple. You can climb the rock and visit them. You can see a large 'Pus vela" on your way to top. If you can reach the top this rocky mountain, you can get a good view of the surrounding area.

Siripathula

Siripathula is located on the small rock and you can climb easily with stares