Category: Heritage

Kalinga Nuwara Ruins – කාලිංග නුවර නටබුන්

Kalinga Nuwara is an large island in the Mahaweli River south of Polonnaruwa. The River gets divided to seven channels by a cluster of islands at this location. The largest island in this cluster is the Kalinga Nuwara. This island

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Kattankudy Heritage Museum – කාත්තාන්කුඩි උරුම කෞතුකාගාරය

Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which commemorates the Dutch interval in her history (1656-1796) by founding a Dutch Period Museum.

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Ambagasthanne Kurukulttala Ambalama – අඹගස්තැන්න කුරුකුට්ටල අම්බලම

Ambagasthanne Kurukuttala Ambalama

The Ambagasthanne Kurukulttala Ambalama is an ancient wayside rest now lying in surrounded by paddy fields on the road to Ambagasthanne from Illukwatte close to Kadugannawa.

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Wathumulla Ketawala Ambalama – වතුමුල්ල කැටවල අම්බලම

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The Ketawala Ambalama in Wathumulla is an ancient wayside rest now lying in surrounded by paddy fields. The ambalama lies close to the Daraluwa Railway Station.

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Aluthnuwara Giruwa Ambalama – අලුත්නුවර ගිරුවා අම්බලම

Aluthnuwara Giruwa Ambalama

Giruwa Ambalama at Aluthnuwara is a historic wayside rest close to the Aluthnuwara Dedimunda Devalaya in Kegalle District. site built by Queen Sunethradevi chief consort of King Parakramabahu II (A.D 1236-1276) and mother of King Bhuvanekabahu I.

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Embekke Ambalama – ඇම්බැක්කේ අම්බලම

Embekke Ambalama

Embekke Ambalama lies on the popular road to Embekke Devalaya though overlooked by many travelers. Standing on 16 carved granite pillars much of history of this Ambalama is not known.

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Morapaya Ambalama – මොරපාය අම්බලම

Morapaya Ambalama

The Morapaya Ambalama lies about 2 kms on the road to Mandaram Nuwara from Padiyapellela. Even through lying right next to the road, this Ambalama doesn’t seems to have been caught the eye of the authorities.

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Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya – මොරපාය රජමහා විහාරය

The old image house of Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple which owns a golden statue of Buddha believed to be donated by Maliyadeva Maha Arhath, the last Arhath of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya – කුන්ඩසාලේ ශ්‍රී නරේන්ද්‍රසිංහ රජමහා විහාරය

Entrance to the ancient image house of Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya

This temple was built by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1746-1781). A gold plated Buddha statue made of sandalwood donated by the king can be still seen in the ancient image house

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Alawathugoda Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya – අලවතුගොඩ පුරාණ සමන් දේවාලය

Alawathugoda Ancient Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya

The Alawathugoda Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya is said to be built during the period of King Walagamba (89-77 BC) but was burnt down by the invading Portuguese armies. The devalaya was rebuilt again in 1814.

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Thonigala Inscription at Vavuniya – වවුනියාව තෝනිගල සෙල් ලිපිය

The inscription is protected from elephants and nature by a foot high brick wall filled with sand.

The Thonigala inscription had been made during the period of the King Sirimeghavanna (Kithsiri Mevan) (303-311) and considered one of the most important inscriptions found in the country. The inscription read and documented by Mr Paranawithana in 1933 has been first recorded by HCP Bell in 1866.

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Wolvendaal Church – කොලඹ ආදුරුප්පුවීදිය ඕලන්ද පල්ලිය

Wolvendaal Church

Built in 1757 Wolvendaal Church is located in Pettah, a neighbourhood of Colombo. It is one of the most important Dutch Colonial era buildings in Sri Lanka, and is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country.

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Colombo Dutch Museum – කොලඹ ඕලන්ද කෞතුකාගාරය

The Dutch Museum on the Prince Street

Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which commemorates the Dutch interval in her history (1656-1796) by founding a Dutch Period Museum.

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Red Mosque of Pettah (Al Jamiul Alfar Mosque) – කොලඹ කොටුව රතු පල්ලිය

Red Mosque (Al Jamiul Alfar Mosque) in Pettah

Hidden in the busy Pettah Market lies a the old town hall building of then Ceylon hidden by the hawker stalls. Built in 1873, the mastermind behind this wonderful creation was British architect J. G. Smither who himself designed the furniture to match the woodwork of the building.

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Colombo Old Town Hall Building and Museum – කොලඹ පැරණි නගර සභා ගොඩනැගිල්ල හා කෞතුකාගාරය

Old Town Hall Building now converted in to a Museum

Hidden in the busy Pettah Market lies a the old town hall building of then Ceylon hidden by the hawker stalls. Built in 1873, the mastermind behind this wonderful creation was British architect J. G. Smither who himself designed the furniture to match the woodwork of the building.

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Koch Memorial Clock Tower – කොලඹ වෛද්‍ය පීඨ ඔරලෝසු කනුව

Koch Memorial Clock Tower next to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo

Koch Memorial Clock Tower, is located on Kynsey Road, Colombo next to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo. It was built in 1881 in memory of Dr. E. L. Koch (1838-1877), the second principal of the Colombo Medical School. It stands directly in front of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka.

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Jaffna Clock Tower – යාපනය ඔරලෝසු කනුව

Jaffna Clock Tower

Jaffna Clock Tower is a clock tower in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. The tower was built to commemorate the visit of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales to Sri Lanka in 1875.

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Kandy Clock Tower – මහනුවර ඔරලෝසු කනුව

Kandy Clock Tower

The Kandy Clock Tower was built by the wealthy merchant Haji Mohomed Ismail incorporating designs from Temple of Tooth and Kings Palace in memory of his son who died in an earth slip at Kadugannawa

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Khan Clock Tower of Colombo – කොටුව ඛාන් ඔරලෝසු කනුව

Khan Clock Tower of Colombo in 2011

The Khan Clock Tower was built in the early 20th century by the family of Framjee Bhikhajee Khan. This Parsi family hailed from Bombay, India and also owned the famous Colombo Oil Mills as well as other business interests in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then called.

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Kayman’s Gate Bell Tower of Colombo Fort – කොලඹ කොටුවේ කයිමන් දොරකඩ

Kayman's Gate Bell Tower today

Kayman’s Gate called “Kaiman Dorakada” in Sinhalese, was an entrance to the former Colombo Fort located at the foot of the Wolvendaal Hill in the Pettah district of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prison Cell of king Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe – ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජුගේ කොලඹ සිර කුටිය

The cell which is believed be the holding cell of king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe

The cell identified as the holding cell of Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe lies on the intersection of Bank of Ceylon Mawatha and the Janadhipathi Mawatha within the Ceylinco Building car park area but visible to the road.

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Kahambiliyawa Rajamaha Viharaya – කහඹිලියාව රජමහා විහාරය

Kahambiliyawa Rajamaha Viharaya

Kahambiliyawa Rajamaha Viharaya at Kahambiliyawa is built upon a ancient Buddhist temple built more than millennia ago. A fairly well preserved Samadhi Statue san a head surrounded by large pillars which would have been holding the image house, all made of granite can be seen at this temple.

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Kokkichchiya Siri Sambuddha Prathiharya Viharaya – කොක්කිච්චිය සිරි සම්බුද්ධ ප්‍රාතිහාර්ය විහාරය

Statues of Kokkichchiya Siri Sambuddha Prathiharya Viharaya

Kokkichchiya Siri Sambuddha Prathiharya Viharaya has no historical value and still not completed but due to its novelty it has become a popular destination for pilgrims to Anuradhapura and pilgrims to Thantirimale Rajamaha Viharaya.

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Nellikulama Siri Sambuddha Panchasathika Charikaramaya (Pilima Pansala) – නෙල්ලිකුලම සිරිසම්බුද්ධ පංචසතික ශ්‍රාවක චාරිකාරාමය

Statues of Nellikulama Sirisambuddha Panchasathika Charikaramaya

Located in a forested area close to the sacret city of Anuradhapura, Nellikulama Sirisambuddha Panchasathika Charikaramaya is a temple built in 2006 with 500 bikku statues walking in formation behind the Buddha.

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Mamaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya – මාමඩුව රජමහා විහාරය

Kirivehera Rajamaha Viharaya

Located near the picturesque Mamaduwa Reservoir, the Mamaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple but unfortunately nothing much remains of its ancient past other than some granite pillars of a building.

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Kiri Vehera Rajamaha Viharaya Ruins at Etambagaskada – ඇටඹගස්කඩ කිරිවෙහෙර රජමහා විහාරය

The vandalized statue at Kirivehera Rajamaha Viharaya

The ruins of Kiri Vehera lies behind the Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya. Although not located in the jungles, this site too has not been protected by the authorities.

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Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya – Etambagaskada – ඇටඹගස්කඩ ශ්‍රී සුධර්මාරාම මහා විහාරය

Etambagaskada Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya

Doramadalawa is an hidden village lies between Mihinthale and Rambewa on the route to Vavunia. This sleepy little village takes a very prominent place in the “Maha Vansa”, the “Great Chronicle” of Sri Lanka.

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Doramadalawa Rajamaha Viharaya – දොරමඩලාව රජමහා විහාරය

Doramadalawa Rajamaha Viharaya

Doramadalawa is an hidden village lies between Mihinthale and Rambewa on the route to Vavunia. This sleepy little village takes a very prominent place in the “Maha Vansa”, the “Great Chronicle” of Sri Lanka.

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Ruins at Erupothana Rock – එරුපොතාන ගල බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

Erupathana Rock next to the Erupothana Reservior

Traveling from Vavuniya and passing Mahakachchakodiya you will come across the unique Erupothana Reservoir. The Erupothana Rock lying right along the road next to the reservoir. Next to the Erupothana rock, lies the Kimbulagala Rock which contains more Buddhist ruins.

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Ruins at Kimbulagala Rock – කිඹුලාගල බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

Kimbulagala Ruins

The Kimbulagala Rock is encircled by Kebithigollewa, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts on all four sides and the magnificent Eropothana Tank and the Mamaduwa Tank is also visible as shimmering water bodies in the distance. The Eropothana Rock formation

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Mahakachchakodiya Purana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya – මහකච්චකොඩිය පුරාණ ගල්ලෙන් රජමහා විහාරය

Mahakachchakodiya Purana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya

Mahakachchakodiya Purana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya lies on an ancient monastic ruined ground sandwiched between Mahakachchakodiya reservoir and a hillock among the lush green paddy fields.

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Uggal kalthota Amuna – උග්ගල් කල්තොට අමුණ

Uggal Kaltota Right Bank Anicut

The Uggal Kalthota Amuna has been built during the regime of King Gaja Bahu (112-134 A.C.). In 1892, the right bank channel was restored and an independent weir of 71 m long and 1 m high was constructed upstream in 1956 to provide water for new left bank irrigation.

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Ruins at Govinda Hela (Westminster Abbey) – ගෝවින්ද හෙල බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

The mighty westminster abbey en route to Bingoda Ruins

Govinda Hela also known as the Westminister Abbey, is a majestic rock rising upto 500 meters which is said be have been a fortress for king Buwanekabahu VI.

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Bingoda Monastic Ruins at Govinda Hela (Westminster Abbey) – ගෝවින්ද හෙල පාමුල බිංගොඩ නටබුණ්

Entering the forest while the rays of the sun tried to creep through Govinda Hela - Bingoda

Ruins of an ancient monastic cave complex known as Bingoda caves lies hidden away in the jungles of Govinda Hela in Monaragala excavated only by treasure hunters.

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Meegahakivula Kovil Mulla Ruins – මීගහකිවුල කෝවිල් මුල්ල නටබුණ්

Ruins at Kovilmulla at Komarikagama in Meegahakivula

To reach the Meegahakivula Kovil Mulla Ruins, one needs to take the Ketawatta road from Meegahakivula. Proceeding along Ketawatta road will bring you to Gurumada junction from here ride along Kalugahakadura rd until you reach Komarika gama where the Komarika Ela could be found.

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Meegahakivula Wee Atuwa Ruins – මීගහකිවුල වී අටුව නටබුණ්

Ruins of the ancient Wee Atuwa — at Meegahakiula.

To reach Meegahakivula Wee Atuwa Ruins, one needs to take the Ketawatta road from Meegahakivula for 2 miles and take a left turn towards Pimburaulpotha.

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Kumbukkadawala Nilgiri Rajamaha Viharaya – කුඹුක්කඩවල නිල්ගිරි රජමහා විහාරය

The image house of Kumbukkadawala Nilgiri Rajamaha Viharaya

As with many cave temples in this area, Nilgiri Rajamaha Viharaya has been renovated during the Kandyan era thus temple shows architectural characteristics of Kandyan Era.

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Maraluwawa Rajamaha Viharaya – කුරුනෑගල මරළුවාව රජමහා විහාරය

Maraluwawa Raja Maha Viharaya

Maraluwawa Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple complex lying on the top of Andagala Rock close to the Kurunegala town going as far as King Dutugemunu (161-131 BC). Like a eel this rock stretches for over 15 kilometers in length

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Kabella Lena Purana Rajamaha Viharaya at Maeliya – මාඑලිය කැබැල්ලෑ ලෙන රජමහා විහාරය

The image house of Maeliya Kabella Lena Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Veheragala Viharaya at Rambe is an ancient cave temple complex site on which a new temple has been built upon. Built surrounding a massive rock, its natural caves which had been used in the ancient times had been used to build the new buildings.

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Rambe Veheragala Viharaya – රඹේ වෙහෙරගල විහාරය

Image House of Rambe Veheragala Temple

Veheragala Viharaya at Rambe is an ancient cave temple complex site on which a new temple has been built upon. Built surrounding a massive rock, its natural caves which had been used in the ancient times had been used to build the new buildings.

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Kumbukwewa Rangiri Lena Viharaya – කුඹුක්වැව රන්ගිරි ලෙණ විහාරය

The main cave, "Rangiri Lena" of the Rangiri Lena Viharaya

Kumbukwewa Rangiri Lena Viharaya is a Cave temple hidden in the Arankele area in the Kurunegala District. The main image house of this temple is built underneath an large cave with a drip ledge underneath an massive rock. Another image house and bikku kuti too can be seen built around more ancient drip-ledge caves.

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Rankirimada Rajamaha Viharaya – කුරුණෑගල රන්කිරිමඩ රජමහා විහාරය

Rankirimada Rajamaha Viharaya lies at the base of this rock

The Dimbulagala Rock is known for the Dimbulagala Rajamaha Viharaya by the public. But the Dimbulagala rock is scattered with ancient ruins not known by many. Kosgaha Ulpotha is such site hidden inside thick forest on the eastern slopes of the Dimbulagala Rock.

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Thaniwella Devalaya at Madampe – මාදම්පේ තනිවැල්ල දේවාලය

Thaniwella Devalaya at Madampe

As you travel passing Wenappuwa towards Puttalam on the Colombo – Puttalam road, one of the landmarks that no one misses is the Devalaya with a giant white horse in a jumping position facing away from the road popularly known as the Thaniwella Devalaya (Thaniwelle Devalaya).

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Dimbulagala Kosgaha Ulpotha Ruins – දිඹුලාගල කොස්ගහ උල්පත නටබුණ්

Wee Atuwa at Kosgaha Ulpotha

The Dimbulagala Rock is known for the Dimbulagala Rajamaha Viharaya by the public. But the Dimbulagala rock is scattered with ancient ruins not known by many. Kosgaha Ulpotha is such site hidden inside thick forest on the eastern slopes of the Dimbulagala Rock.

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Veheragala Mahasen Rajamaha Viharaya at Aralaganwila – අරලගංවිල වෙහෙරගල මහසෙන් රජමහා විහාරය

Remains of the ancient stupa of Veheragala Mahasen Rajamaha Viharaya

As you travel from Aralaganwila towards Dehiattakandiya, the ancient Mahasen Rajamaha Viharaya at Veheragala can be seen on the left. The temple built upon a very ancient temple built millennia ago, still maintains signs of its antiquity.

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Dehiattakandiya Nuwaragala Ruins – දෙහිඅත්තකණ්ඩිය නුවරගල නටබුන්

The ancient Asana slab at the Dehiattakandiya Nuwaragala Temple

Nuwaragala Viharaya is an ancient temple complex in Dehiattakandiya. To reach this temple you need to travel 14 km from the Dimbulagala Rajamaha Viharaya towards Dehiattakandiya.

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Purana Meda Maha Viharaya at Karandagahamada – කරඳගහමඩ පුරාණ මැද මහා විහාරය

Karandagahamada Purana Meda Maha Viharaya

Traveling through Meegahakivula towards Mahiyanganaya and 2km pass the town, you will come across the B86 road at the Arawa Junction. Traveling 2.6 km on this road , you will come across the Purana Meda Maha Viharaya of Karandagahamada.

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Alakolagoba Purana Viharaya and Randoliya Diyane Pokuna – අලකොලගොබ පුරාණ විහාරය හා රන්දෝලිය දියනෑ පොකුණ

Remains of a Tampita Viharaya at Alakolagoba Purana viharaya

Traveling through Meegahakivula towards Mahiyanganaya and 2km pass B86 road (Dambagahapitiya – Pinnagolla – Arawa – Meegahakiula road) a minor road to the right will take you to the Alakolagoba Purana Viharaya and Randoliya Diyane Pokuna.

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Silumina Seya at Aralaganwila – සිළුමින සෑය

Silumina Seya of Aralaganwila

The main attraction of the site is the Silumina Seya stupa which lies on an elevated square pedestal. The importance of this site in the middle of the jungle is that the largest “Gal Chatraya” also known as “Chatra Gala” or “Gal Kude” (Stone Umbrella) recovered in Sri Lanka.These were used as the pinnacle of earliest stupas built in the country.

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Samadhi Statue of Galamuna, Medirigiriya – මැදිරිගිරිය ගල්අමුන සමාධි පිලිමය

Samadhi Statue of Galamuna Bisobandara Viharaya

A hidden Samadhi statue as elegant as the Samadhi of Anuradhapura hidden away undiscovered by the general tourist.

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