Dodanwela Devale – දොඩන්වල දේවාලය

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Dodanwela Devale
Dodanwela Devale
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Passing Suriyagoda Viharaya in Yati Nuwara you come across two more historical locations, Dodanwela Devalaya and Danthre Viharaya. These can also be reached by the main road from Alakolange.

It is said that the King Rajasighe II (1635 – 1687) was on his way to Balana to battle the Portuguese when his palanquin snapped and he had to alight at the Dodanwela. He asked where this place was and was informed this was called “Nahimige Kovila”. Then the king made a wow to present his crown and the jewels to the kovila if he wins the battle. The king was victorious and the promise was kept. Dedicated to a local deity in the past, now it is dedicated to Vishnu and is now called Dodanwela Devale.

The Royal crown that was gifted to the Devale was placed in the Kandyan Museum which was stolen recently by treasure hunters.

The Devale in architecture is similar to Vishnu Devale in Kandy but the inner sanctum has no Vishnu image. Instead there are two portraits of Kings painted on wood which one is believed to be of King Rajasighe II. It also preserves two embroidered silk jackets believed to be belonging to the king and dozen of swards.

Another curious abject here is a brass crown which is said to be of King Vesamuni, the king of the daemons.


  1. Seneviratna, A., 1983. Kandy: an Illustrated Survey of Ancient Monuments With Historical, Archaeological and Literary Descriptions Including Maps of the City and Its Suburbs. Colombo: Central Cultural Fund, Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
  2. Abeyawardhana, H. A. P. (2004) Heritage of Kandurata: Major Natural, Cultural, and Historic Sites. Kandy: Kandurata Development Bank, in association with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Also See

  • Kandy – The Last Kingdom of Sinhale

Map of the Dodanwela Devale

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Driving Directions to Dodanwela Devale

Route from Colombo to Dodanwela Devalya

Route from Kandy to Dodanwela Devalya

Though : Kandy Road – Pilimatalawa
distance : 110 km
Travel time : 3.5 hours
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Though : Peradeniya – Kiribathkumbura
distance : 12 km
Travel time : 20 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map


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