Pollebedda Nidangala Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය පොල්ලේබැද්ද නිදන්ගල පුරාවිද්යා භූමිය
Pollebedda is a remote village in Mahaoya found on the way to Rambakan Oya Reservoir, home to one of the few surviving tribes of Aborigines (Vedda’s). All the Vedda tribes believe that they decent from the lineage of Queen Kuveni of Yaksha tribe who lived in Sri Lanka when prince Vijaya of India landed in the country in 5th century BC. They were hunter gatherers until recently but with the colonization of the areas most have become farmers and mixed with the Sinhalese and Tamil communities depending on the location of the village.
A rock where 2 rock inscriptions and carved flight of steps called Nidangala in the village of Pollebedda has been declared as protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 26th December 2014, and describes the locations as follows ;
“Rock called Nidangala with two rock inscriptions, plight of steps, chronicles and square type marks belonging to Pollebedda village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. 136B, in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Pollebedda in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 07º47´94.1´´ N and longitude 081º38´ 530´´ E).”
GPS location is marked based on the above description. However it is recommended to get more information and directions before attempting to visit the place.
Map of Pollebedda Nidangala Archaeological Ruins
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Travel Directions to Pollebedda Nidangala Archaeological Ruins
Route from Mahaoya to Pollebedda Nidangala Archaeological Ruins
|Through : Mahaoya – Rambakan Oya road|
Distance :7.5 km
Travel time : 15 mins
Time to spent : 15 mins
Driving directions : see on google map