Dondra



Dondra
Devi Nuwara Vishnu Devale

The tiny town was formerly an important religious center. Known as the Devi Nuwara (City of the gods), it was home to greatly revered temple dedicated to Vishnu, which was destroyed by Portuguese in 1588. All that remains of original structure is small shrine thought to date from the 7th century. Today, the Devi Nuwara Devale is the town’s main temple, with the huge statue of the Buddha within the temple complex. A little way south of town, Dondra Head is where a 19th century lighthouse marks the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. more