Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Alongside the Arugambay in Pottuvil is an inconspicuous but ancient temple called Muhudu Maha Viharaya. Many archaeologists believe that this spot, also known as the Samudra Maha Vihara, in fact marks the place at which Princess Devi set foot in the Ruhuna Kingdom.

Near the Viharaya is the the village of Komari. The name of the village is said to have originated when the King of Ruhuna, Kavantissa was desperately searching for the little princess who had reportedly drifted to the shores of his kingdom. As he went hither and thither seeking this strange visitor to the shores of his kingdom, Kavantissa is reported to have asked all who passed him – “ko kumari?” or “where is the princess?” The tiny village of Komari is believed to have come by its name thus. This tale, although largely believed to be folk tale, lends credence to theory that the heart of the Ruhunu kingdom may have been situated south east of the island.