Ramba Raja Maha Viharaya in Ruhuna is situated half-way between Ambalantota at the south coast of Sri Lanka and Embilipitiya near Udawalawe National Park. The Ramba Viharaya is not a spectacular site, although this is actually the largest excavation of ancient monastic buildings in southern Sri Lanka. The ruins that can be seen today are monastic complexes that belonged to the important harbour of ancient Maha Nagakula at the Walawe river. Maha Nagakula also served as the island’s capital for a short time in the 11th century, when the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa region was occupied by Chola invaders. You can find a small ancient moonstone at one of the typical image houses. A museum is attached to the Ramba Vhiaraya archaeological site. Parts of the excavation area are covered by modern buildings of a living Buddhist monastery.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka