Ruins of Stone Bridge inside Angammedilla National Park – අංගම්මැඩිල්ල තුල පිහිටි ගල් පාලම නටබුන්

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Ruins of a stone bridge over a smaller tributary of Angammedilla Canal which feeds Parakrama Samudraya in parallel.  - අංගම්මැඩිල්ල තුල පිහිටි ගල් පාලම නටබුන්
Ruins of a stone bridge over a smaller tributary of Angammedilla Canal which feeds Parakrama Samudraya in parallel. – අංගම්මැඩිල්ල තුල පිහිටි ගල් පාලම නටබුන්
photo source : Ruins in Central Eastern Area of Sri Lanka

These ruins of an ancient stone bridge are It is located in the southwestern part of Parakrama Samudraya reservoir in Polonnaruwa built by king Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186), inside the national park of Angammedilla. These remains of a bridge are located across a small tributary that flows from the west into the ancient Angamedilla Yoda Ela, which carries water to Parakrama Samudraya. These tributaries become dry during the dry season. GPS measurements were 7 degrees 53 minutes 02.5 seconds north latitude and 80 degrees 56 minutes 41.1 seconds east longitude.

From Polonnaruwa, drive around the paved road from the south bunt to the west shore of the reservoir, and walk across the Angammedilla canal to the opposite shore After that, proceed along the bank of the irrigation canal, to arrive at the the dried up tributary. You can walk along this path up to the ruins.

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Both banks where the bridge lie are open rock boulders. There are six stone pillars of the bridge still remaining on the dried up river bed which is 14 meter in width at this point. The height of the stone pillars from the riverbed is approximately 1.7 meters. Eight steps are carved in the east-west direction on the slope of the rock in the right bank side (south side). There are three 12 cm square pillar holes were found at 2 m intervals on the upper part of the open rock with goes up the stairs to the east including a cornerstone. Therefore there would have been a building on this rock in the past.

The stone pillars used as piers have a groove at the top where wooden beams as girders of the bridge would have been placed. Although some pillars are tilted or collapsed, it is estimated that they stood at intervals of about 1 meters. Natural stones with a size of about 30 cm are lined up on the shore along the upstream from the pier on the left bank (north bank) to stop the river bank from being washed away. Wooden planks would have been laid across the bridge along the beams when it was functional.

In addition, a stone gutter of about 50 cm square x 1 m in length was found on the riverbed indicating that the water on this stream had been diverted through a stone gutter and carried elsewhere for some unknown purpose.

References

  • Okamura, T., 2015. RUINS IN CENTRAL EASTERN AREA OF SRI LANKA — at the jungle of Amban Ganga Basin and the outskirts —. Tokyo: South Asian Ruins Exploration and Research Society (SARERS).

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Travel Directions to Stone Bridge inside Angammedilla

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :220 km
Travel time : 4.5 hours
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Through : Matale - Dambulla - Habarana
Distance from Colombo : 145 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
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Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Though : Maradankadawala - Habarana Distance from colombo : 105 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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Though : Chenkaladi - Valachchena
Distance from colombo :100 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
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Route from Polonnaruwa to Stone Bridge inside Angammedilla
Through : Parakrama Samudraya Bunt Road
Distance : 13 km
Travel time : 25 minutes
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