Deegavapi is one of the 16 places which has been blessed by the Buddha's presence. Buddha was invited to Kelaniya by Mani Akkika of Naga Tribe, ruler of the Kelaniya region on his second visit to Nagadeepa. On the 8th year of attaining nirvana Buddha decided to visit Sri Lanka for the third time specially to Kelaniya. During this visit he came to Deegavapi with 500 arhaths and spend time meditating.
(Ampara is the nearest main town to Dighavapi. From Ampara take the road to Irakkamam and then proceed for another 5 km, a total distance of about 17 km. Beyond Irakkamam the road is very poor and there are no buses)