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Bothale Welameda Ambalama in Gampaha – බෝතලේ වෙලමැද අම්බලම

View of Bothale Welameda Ambalama over the lush paddy fields

In the middle of lush green paddy fields of Bothale lies an dilapidated Ambalama neglected by the authorities. The history of the Bothale village goes back to times of King Gothabaya (253-266 AD) of Anuradhapura kingdom.

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Malgamandeniya Ambalama in Akurana – අකුරණ මල්ගමන්දෙණිය අම්බලම

Malgamandeniya Ambalama in Akurana

Malgamandeniya is a small agricultural village in Akurana, Matale District. The wooden Ambalama at Malgamandeniya lies on the edge of a paddy field interior to the main road. The structure stands on 4 huge raised wooden beams. The roof is

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Mangalagama Ambalama – මංගලගම අම්බලම

Mangalagama Ambalama

Mangalagama is known for 2 landmarks, one is the historic Bodhimalakaramaya Temple and and the other is the Mangalagama Ambalama which lies right next to the road.

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Padiwita Ambalama in Matale – පැරණි පඩිවිට අම්බලම

Padiwita Ambalama in Matale

Padiwita Ambalama, and ancient wayside rest lies in middle of a paddy field in the Matale District. History of this Ambalama is not known but it can be presumed that this has been built during the Kandyan kingdom, before the British invasion.

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Shailabembaramaya Viharaya at Dodanduwa – දොඩන්දූව ශෛලබිම්බාරාමය මහා විහාරය

Shailabembaramaya Viharaya at Dodanduwa

This ancient Dodanduwa Shailabembaramaya temple is located close to 103 km post along the Galle – Colombo main road near the Dodanduwa Railway Station. Considered as the base for Sri Kalyanawamsa Chapter, this temple was built in the early 19th

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Hathe Ella Falls – හතේ ඇල්ල

Hathe Ella Falls

It was only on the fifth day that the seven adventurers reached the 90-ft Hathe Ella waterfall made up of three different layers. “Finally after walking for three hours on the fifth day, we heard the waterfall.

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Hakgedi Ella Falls – හක්ගෙඩි ඇල්ල

Hakgedi Ella Falls - The pool where the eel is said to live

Height : 3 meters District : Matara Hakgedi Ella Falls is a small waterfall which is probably about 3 meters tall lying in the rural village of the Porambakananke on the Galle – Akkuressa Road. The source of this fall

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Kanneliya Anagimala Ella Falls – අනගිමල ඇල්ල

Kanneliya Anagimala Ella Falls

Kanneliya Anagimala Ella Falls lies in Galle District inside the Kaneliya Forest Reserve. From here, a 3 km trek leads you to the fall. This multi necklace waterfall is more lively in the moths of May –June.

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Japanese Peace Pagoda In Rumassala – ගාල්ල රූමස්සල ජපාන සාම චෛත්‍යය

Japanese Peace Pagoda In Roomassala

Rumassala , known to colonialists as Buona Vista, is the subject of many legends. It is featured in the Ramayana, as the home of the beautiful Queen Sita. According to the Ramayana it is also said that Hanuman dropped a chunk

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Kanneliya – Dediyagala – Nakiyadeniya (KDN) Biosphere Reserve – කන්නෙලිය-දෙදියගල-නාකියාදෙණිය ජෛවගෝල රක්‍ෂිතය


Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya or KDN is is the last large remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka other than Sinharaja and was designated as a biosphere reserve in 2004 by the UNESCO.

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Anawilundawa Sanctuary – ආනවිලුන්දාව අභය භූමිය

Anawilundawa Sanctuary

Anawilundawa Sanctuary consist of interconnected 9 tanks going back to the 12th century and sadly the water ways which fed this system is lost without an trace and today these tanks are fed by flood waters of the Deduru Oya

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Hikkaduwa National Park (Corral Reef) – හික්කඩුව ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය (කොරල් පර)

hikkaduwa national park

Hikkaduwa National Park lies in the popular tourist destination of Hikkaduwa along its beach. The corral reefs on this marine park has made Hikkaduwa Beach one of the most sought after beaches of the country

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Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya – යටගල රජමහා විහාරය

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

2300 year old Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya is a Buddhist place of worship that has been recipient of Royal Patronage from Three Kings of Sri Lanka.

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Wewurukannala Viharaya at Dikwella – වැවුරුකන්නල විහාරය

Wewurukannala Viharaya

15 miles east of Matara is the town of Dikwella, where there is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The Wewurukannala Vihara temple is dominated by an image of a seated Buddha. It is 160ft high,

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Vakaneri Ancient Buddhist Ruins – වාකනේරි බෞද්ධ පුරාවස්තු භූමිය

Ruins @ Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya

In ancient Sri Lanka Vakaneri was called “Vahaneriya”. In the Vakaneri colony near Valachchenai is an ancient site with a pilfered dagaba and the remains of three structures. There are also the remains of a pond and a stone prakara around

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Tsunami Honganji Viharaya at Paraliya – සුනාමි හොංගන්ජි විහාරය

Paraliya Tsunami Honganji Viharaya

Buid as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami in 2004, The Paraliya Tsunami Honganji statue is an exact replica of the 5th Century 175 feet Barmiyan Buddha Statue destroyed by the Muslim Fundamentalists in Afghanistan.

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Totagamu Rajamaha Viharaya – තොටගමු රන්පත් රජමහා විහාරය

Totagamu Rajamaha Viharaya

On the façade of the aluth vihara at the Totagamu Rajamaha Viharaya  between the two doorways adorned with two makara toranas stands the beautiful image of the god of love. Totagamu Rajamaha Viharaya  or the Ratpat Viharaya  , or Telwatte

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Habaraduwa Meepe Ambalama – හබරාදූව මීපේ අම්බලම

Meepe Keselkaduwa Temple

Meepe Ambalama, the 300 year old travellers’ rest at Meepe in Habaraduwa, has been left to the mercy of the elements without any attention being paid to it by the government or connoisseurs of ancient buildings and antiquities. The historic

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Dutch Reformed Church of Galle

Dowa Raja Maha Viharaya

Galle Church — Burial Chambers and Vaults The Dutch Reformed Church, with gables on the eastern and western walls, but no tower, was completed in 1755. It is similar in style to the ones in Negapatnam and Cochin in India,

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Galle Lighthouse – ගාල්ල ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

Galle Lighthouse

The port of Galle dates back to the time when Arab traders sailed to China in search of eastern riches. Galle was their last haven before crossing the Bay of Bengal. Perhaps one of the earliest recorded references to Galle

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Galle [2] : “Tarshish” of the Old Testament

According to Sir James Emerson Tennant Galle was the “Tarshish” referred to in the Bible as the port where ships trading with King Soloman obtained their Elephants, Peacocks and Gemstones. Most certainly the place where the Galle Fort now stands as well as other areas in Galle like Unawatuna, Magalle, Kaluwella and even the China Gardens were all areas with historic connections which go back long before the Portuguese Era.

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City of Galle – ගාල්ල

Centuries ago when Lanka was ruled by the Sinhalese Kings, ‘Gaalla’ or Galle was the old world’s romantic city which owed its glory to its natural harbour.

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Galle Fort – ගාල්ල කොටුව

The Dutch Galle Fort is a rare historical jewel protected by dark, thick stone walls – with the endless ocean on one side.

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Ata Dahe Walawwa – අටදාහේ වලව්ව

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The Ata Dahe Walawwa at Kataluwa in Habaraduwa DS area in Galle district which was declared a heritage site a couple of years ago is today in a dilapidated condition.

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