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CELEBRATION OF THE 13th ANNIVERSARY OF SECURITY FORCE HEADQUARTERS (EAST)
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SASTRAWELA MANI NAGA PABBATHA VIHARAYA
Currently the village of Sastrawela is a tiny speck of habitation situated on the Panama-Pottuvil Road. The village does not even make it into the Survey General's map. Since the 1980's many of its inhabitants have fled to Panama due to the unrest in the area. Yet back in the hay day of the Ruhunu Kingdom, Sastrawela was not only well known, but it was considered as an important seat of learning. According to folklore, the name Sastrawela is said to have been derived from the original name Shastraweiliya which indicates that the locality was associated with an institution of learning. The word ....
     
 
 

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VELGAM VEHERA RAJAMAHA VIHARAYA
Velgam Vehera is located around 15 km away from Trincomalee by the Trincomalee - Anuradapura Road. According to the historical facts, the Vegam Rajamaha Viharaya was done by king Devanampiyathissa. Later on some additions and renovations were done by first Bathiya, Second Agkbo, first Vijayabahu and first Parakramabahu. The most important point is this temple was that this was warshiped by both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhist. That is one of the reason that Vilgam Vehera was not destroyed by south Indian Chola invasions in 10th century.

This temple was abandoned after Anuradapura a ....
     
 
 

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MAHAOYA HOT SPRINGS
Mahaoya Hot Springs is located about 2km off Mahaoya town. This is said to be the hottest spring of all the hot springs on Sri Lanka. Here you will find well maintained 7 wells with different temperatures. The temperature of the hottest well is about 56C (133F). Only two wells are of bathing temperature. You can see continuous evaporation of steam from the other wells. You need to pay Rs 50/- to visit the bath. This is charged in form of parking fees for the vehicle. The person who issue tickets also have few buckets which will gladly give you.

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THIRUKKOVIL
Thirukkovil or Tirukovil is a Town in the Ampara District of Sri Lanka, situated along the Eastern coast of the Island. It is located 30 km North of Pottuvil and 35 km south of Kalmunai. In Tamil it translates to God's-temple. It was affected by 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

It was under Batticaloa district and now under Ampara district. It is a famous place for the old Tamil cultures and Temples. It was severely affected by the Tsunami tidal waves of December 26, 2004. Because of the Tsunami, many people lost their relations and properties including houses, livestocks and paddy f ....
     
 
 

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SERUWILA MANGALA VIHARAYA
The Seruwila Mangala Viharaya in Trincomalee district is considered one of the most venerable ancient Buddhist temples to be found in the Eastern province where once Buddhism flourished at its peak. According to historical annals King Kavantissa who ruled the Ruhuna built this temple 2231 years back by enshrining the forehead relic of Gautama Buddha. It is believed that three viharas existed at this particular spot built during the periods of three former Buddhas named Kakusanda, Konagama and Kasyapa with their relics enshrined and Gautama Buddha who was the last Buddha in this eon had persona ....
     
 
 

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