Dutch Fort of Ruwanwella – රුවන්වැල්ල බලකොටුව

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17th century map of Ruwanwella Fort

17th century map of Ruwanwella Fort
Source : http://www.gahetna.nl/

It was a sizzling hot afternoon. The sun scorched road glowered at us The roadside shade trees, paddy fields, flowering plants glowed in a their brilliant hues. The concrete buildings that lined the road seemed to be burning. Such was it when we reached the crowded, traffic – congested Ruwanwella town.

It was not at all the kind of day, time or place to get out of our vehicle and go looking for an ancient fort.

The only indication given to us was that it was in the main town. We asked for directions from a shop and a man pointed towards the courthouse. We walked the short distance passing the crowded courthouse and suddenly reached a wide arched gate – so out of place and obviously that of the fort. And, believe it or not, the fort of Ruwanwella now houses the local police station.

With regard to the Ruwanwella Fort, it is said that the Portuguese, in the 1590s, had a fortified base camp here and the Dutch, in 1665, built a wooden fort here but abandoned it a few years later. It was the English, in 1817, who built the actual fort with two bastions. It is recorded that the fort at Ruwanwella was never more than a stockade, though it was of some importance as a useful outpost. Nevertheless the difficulty of holding it led to its early abandonment.

Source : A Historic Fort and a Wayside Ambalama
by Kishanie S. Fernando
Daily Mirror

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Travel Directions to Ruwanwella Fort and Ambalama

Route from Colombo to Ruwanwella Fort and Ambalama

Route 2 from Colombo to Ruwanwella Fort and Ambalama

Through : Kelaniya – Nittambuwa – Urapola
Distance : 70 km
Travel time : 2 hours.
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Through : Kaduwela – Weliveriya – Kirindiwela – Urapola
Distance : 72 km
Travel time : 1.5 – 2 hours.
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