Hulugalla Tampita Viharaya (Kandyan Period)
Rock tends to be timber in the design of the Tampita Viharaya, meaning a temple on pillars. The Hulugalla Tampita Viharaya is a timber structure elevated on a 16-pillard monolithic foundation. An ornate wooden door acts as the main entrance to a raised inner chamber. Religious murals and Buddha statues take refuge in the scared constructed of timber roofing and floorboards. The ceiling is covered with lotus flower patterns.
A need to protect the wooden façade and interior artworks against white ants, woodworm and dampness informed the Tampita structural design. Kandyan aesthetics influenced its veranda, rafters and shutters, built to further protect the enclosed shrine. The Tampita Viharaya vernacular tradition resembles that of the Ambalama rest house where both rely on rock foundations.