Godavaya or Godawaya is a little fishing village situated at the mouth of the Walawe waterway, among Ambalantota and Hambantota in the Hambantota District in southern Sri Lanka.
It got its name, initially Goda Pavata Pattana or Gota Pabbata Pattana (signifying 'little stone harbor') from an immense stone ignoring the Indian Ocean, at the foot of which it is arranged. The first harbor town was an entrepot on the oceanic silk course from in any event the second century CE.
It has been the site of broad unearthings by German and Sri Lanka Archeologists since the mid-1990s.
Godavaya is additionally the site if a natural life haven. The sea shore is significant for settling leatherback turtles.
From 1994 onwards, a group of German archeologists from the University of Bonn coordinated by late Prof. Dr. Helmut Roth, Dr. Udo Recker (1994-1996) and Oliver Kessler M.A. (1997 onwards) led joint unearthings at Godavaya with the Archeological Department of Sri Lanka, under Director General Dr. W.H. Wijeyapala and the German Archeological Institute (DAI).
They uncovered proof to demonstrate Godavaya's significance in the oceanic Silk Route, uncovering associations from China in the east to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in the west.
Among the findings have been:
Sassanian (Persian) and Chinese earthenware
globules and bangles
blocks indicating society marks looking like an 'O'
an old arrival breakwater built on stone columns up to 3.50 meters high
an enormous antiquated stone stay found submerged