Maradankadawala is a village halfway between Anuradhapura and Dambulla, it’s located at the mainroad A9, which crosses the centre of the island. At the northern end of a village, a dead-end road branches off and leads to the local cave temple, which is known as Gallenvihara. The name of this temple translates to „rock monastery“. Gallenvihara belongs to the Asgiriya branch of the Syam Nikaya. Some of the caves are still used by the monks, others are typical Sinhalese painted caves for worshiping Buddha images. They are also decorated with sculptures of humans and demons.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka