Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Halpan Ela – Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර හාල්පාන් ඇල ගල් පාලම

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Gal Palama over Halpan Ela

Gal Palama over Halpan Ela

The road leading to this rather unknown Halpan Ela Gal Palama is located close to the Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds). Traveling 3 kms from Sangamitta Mawatha,  you can reach the point where this ancient stone bridge crosses the Halpan Ela. Traveling further down on the same road you can reach the more famous Stone Bridge over the Mawathu Oya.

There are at least 5 large scale stone bridges discovered  in Sri Lanka. The most popular is the bridge over the Malwathu Oya.

  1. Bridge over Malwathu Oya (Anuradhapura)
  2. Bridge over Halpan Ela (Anuradhapura)
  3. Bridge close to Mahakanadarawa Reservoir (Mihintale)
  4. Bridge at the Girihandu Seya  (Tiriyaya)
  5. Bridge in Kayankerni (Eastern Province)

Only a part of this stone bridge can be seen today. Stone slabs are laid across rows of 3 stone pillars. This bridge is hidden behind a building and only those who knows the existence of this bridge will visit.

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Map of Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Halpan Ela

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Driving Directions to Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Halpan Ela at Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttlam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttlam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Though : Negombo - Chillaw - Puthlam
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

Route 03 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route from Kandy to Anuradhapura

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Padeniya - Thambuthegama
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Katugastota - Matale - Dambulla
distance from Colombo :139 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station
to Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Halpan Ela

Distance : 6.8  km
Travel time : 15 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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