Haldummulla Portuguese Fort – හල්දුම්මුල්ල පැරණි බලකොටුව

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Remains of Haldummulla Fort

Remains of Haldummulla Fort – Photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage

An artist's impression of Katugogalla Fort in Haldummulla against the backdrop of the Idalgashinna pass, Gommoli kande and Balathuduwa kande

An artist’s impression of Katugogalla Fort in Haldummulla against the backdrop of the Idalgashinna pass, Gommoli kande and Balathuduwa kande

Haldummulla lies about 175 km off the capital of Colombo at a elevation of about 1200 metres. A Portuguese fort has existed in the early 17th century between Haldummulla and Idalgashinna. Only stones outlining the shape of the base of  this Haldemulla Fort  fort lie within forestry in the present day. At the time of its existence, it formed a frontier post for the Colombo based area under Portuguese control. The Idalgashinna pass was a gateway to the Uva and its capital of Badulla and it was used as a staging post by the Portuguese forces.

This Portuguese Fort is built on the summit of Haldummulla hill. This fort has also being referred to as Katugodalla Fort. Since this is built on a strategic location it gives one an excellent view of the surrounding area.

A good collection of photos of the location can be found here

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Map of  Haldummulla Fort

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The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites.

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Driving Directions to Haldummulla Fort

There are few paths you could take to reach the remains of the the fort depending on how adventurous you feel. A good discussion on the different paths available is discussed here

Route from Colombo to Haldummulla Fort

Via : Avissawella – Ratnapura – Balangoda – Haldummulla
Distance : 175 km
Travel time : 3.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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