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Mabotuwana Sri Sumanarama Purana Wilgamu Rajamaha Viharaya – මාබොටුවන ශ්‍රී සුමනාරාම පුරාණ විල්ගමු රජමහා විහාරය

Mabotuwana Sri Sumanarama Purana Wilgamu Rajamaha Viharaya

Wilgamu Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Tampita Viharaya built in 1240 by the Minister Devapathiraja, during the king Parakarambahu II of Dambadeniya Kingdom. Minister Devapathiraja is credited with contributing immensely towards the development of temples in the Southern Region.

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Katudeniya Purana Viharaya – කටුදෙණිය පුරාණ විහාරය

Katudeniya Purana Viharaya

Katudeniya Purana Viharaya lies in the Ukuwela PS in the District of Kandy. The origins of this temple is unknown but according to folklore this temple has been in existence during the period of Prince Wijayapala of Matale Godapola Nuwara.

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Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya – මොරපාය රජමහා විහාරය

The old image house of Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple which owns a golden statue of Buddha believed to be donated by Maliyadeva Maha Arhath, the last Arhath of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya – කුන්ඩසාලේ ශ්‍රී නරේන්ද්‍රසිංහ රජමහා විහාරය

Entrance to the ancient image house of Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya

This temple was built by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1746-1781). A gold plated Buddha statue made of sandalwood donated by the king can be still seen in the ancient image house

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Commonwealth War Cemetery at Kandy – මහනුවර පොදුරාජ්‍යය යුද සොහොන් පිටිය

Kandy Commonwealth War Cemetery

Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, the Kandy war cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is considered one of the most beautifully landscaped and maintained war cemeteries in the world.

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Matale Balakaduwa Ella Falls – මාතලේ බලකඩුව ඇල්ල

Balakaduwa Ella Fall

The name ‘Balakaduwa‘ is said to be a command made by King Walagamba meaning “lookout for the sword.” The king had thrust his sword on the ground and gone for a dip in the waterfall. Afterwards he had left the place forgetting the sword.

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Kurunduwala Ella Falls – කුරුඳුවල ඇල්ල

Kurunduwala Ella Fall

No addtional information is available on this 14 meter high Kurunduwala Ella Falls. The location of the waterfall is based on alltravels.com information.

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Perumal Ella Falls – පෙරුමාල් ඇල්ල

Perumal Ella Falls

The little known Perumal Ella falls lies on the Galmal Oya stream few kilometers above the Victoria Reservoir bordering Knuckles Reserve in the Hakmana area

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Kotaganga Ella Falls – කොට ගඟ ඇල්ල

From the top of Kota Ganga Ella Falls

The Kotaganga Ella Falls (Kota Ganga Ella) is a cluster of cascading waterfalls on Knuckles Mountain Range consisting at-least 7 major segments totaling probably over 100 meters in height.

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Upper Hunas Falls – ඉහළ හුන්නස්ගිරි ඇල්ල

Upper Hunas Falls

The 50 meter high lesser known Upper Hunas Falls lies above the Hunas Falls Hotel in the Hunnasgiriya Estate.

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Ratna Ella (Navarathna Ella) Fall – රත්න ඇල්ල (නවරත්න ඇල්ල)

Ratna Ella (Navarathna Ella) Fall

Height : 101 meters District : Kandy The 101m Ratna Ella (Navarathna Ella) fall is the highest in the Kandy region and the stream that serves it irrigates the paddy fields of the surrounding villages. Superstitious villagers say that there

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Jodu Ella Falls (Bambarella Knuckles Falls) – ජෝඩු ඇල්ල (බඹරැල්ල නකල්ස් ඇල්ල)

Jodu Ella Falls (Bambarella Knuckles Falls)

Height : 45 meters District : Ratnapura The twin falls of Jodu Ella Falls , also known as ‘Bambarella Knuckles falls’, have identical lengths (45m) and cascade simultaneously from both ends of the mountain into the Mahaweli River via the

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Hunas Falls – හුන්නස්ගිරි ඇල්ල

Hunas Falls

Height : 48 meters District : Kandy The Knuckles mountain range extends up to Matale – the Hunnasgiriya is located at one end, 1765m above sea level. This area is subject to every climatic condition of the island. A group

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Huluganga Ella Falls – හුළුගඟ ඇල්ල

Huluganga Ella Falls

Huluganga Ella Falls is one of many waterfalls created by the stream originating from the Knuckles mountain range. The cascading water sprinkles the villages of Elliyadda and Aratthana, before flowing to the Victoria Reservoir.

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Demali Ella Falls (Twin Falls) – දෙමලි ඇල්ල

Demali Ella

Height : 105 meters District : Ratnapura Demali Falls is 105m in height and flows to the Deni River. It is said to have got its name from ‘demala’, meaning twin falls. There is a massive crevasse at the base

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Andawala Ella Falls – ආඳාවල ඇල්ල

Andawala Ella Falls

Height : 40 meters District : Nuwara Eliya The Andawala Ella Fall flows from the Nayameruhinna mountain range and is 40m high. It is situated in the Andawela village, which is in the Nuwara Eliya district between Walapane and Hanguranketha.

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Wasgamuwa National Park – වස්ගමුව ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Elephants are the main attraction at the Wasgamuwa National Park

Size 37,062 hectares Main attractions Large herds of Elephants, spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Bow, Crocodiles, Water Buffalo, Peacocks and many migratory birds. The Wasgamuwa National Park lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts. Its eastern boundary is

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Rajapihilla ( The Royal Bath) – Kandy රජපිහිල්ල – මහනුවර

Rajapihilla ( The Royal Bath) - Kandy

The story behind Kandy’s hidden royal bath Recently on a trip to Kandy, while visiting friends along the Ampitiya road we noticed an Archeological Department sign board with the word Rajapihilla. This is how we went looking for the Rajapihilla

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Madawala Stone Inscription – මැදවල ශිලා ලේඛනය

madawala Stone Inscription

Madawala is a village in Pahatha Dumbra of Kandy District. This valuable inscription is located in a land called Akuraketugalewatta. This inscription is said to be written by a person called Jothi on the seventeenth year of King Parakramabahu VI

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Lihiniyagala Rajamaha Viharaya – ලිහිණියාගල රජමහා විහාරය

Lihiniyagala Len Viharaya

Lihiniyagala Rajamaha Viharaya (Lihiniyagala Len Viharaya) is an ancient cave temple which lies in Kirthi Bandarapura in Walapane PS. Even though it is not known who or when this temple was built, this temple is believed to have been in

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Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya, Molagoda – කොටමුදුන්ගල රජමහා විහාරය

Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya - Molagoda

Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya  is believed to be built by King Vatta Gamini Abaya aka King Walagamba between 103 BC – 89BC, who said to use this area to train his armies during his hiding from South Indian invaders. The

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Kithulpe Raja Maha Viharaya [Si] – දළදා වහන්සේට සෙවණ සැළසූ කිතුල්පේ රජමහා විහාරය

Kithulpe Raja Maha Viharaya

Kithulpe Raja Maha Viharaya at Hanguranketha is a important temple in the Buddhist history of Sri Lanka, The Tooth Relic of the Buddha was hidden in this temple during 1802 when the British invaded the Kandy Kingdom

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Kengalla Ambalama – කෙන්ගල්ල අම්බලම

Kengalla Ambalama

If you happened to travel to Digana in Kandy via Pallekelle, you would come across a small town known as Kengalla and at the bus halt on your left, you will not miss a small building without doors. It is

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Kundasale Kele Devale – කුණ්‌ඩසාලේ කැලේ දේවාලය

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ඒ උඩරට අවසාන සිංහල රජු වූ ශ්‍රී වීරපරාක්‍රම නරේන්ද්‍රසිංහ රජු කුණ්‌ඩසාලේ අගනුවර පිහිටුවා ගෙන රජකරන අවධියයි. (1707 – 1739) නරේන්ද්‍රසිංහ රජු සංගීතය, නැටුම්, සුරාව හා ස්‌ත්‍රීන් ප්‍රියකළ විනෝදකාමියෙකු විය. රජකම පිළිබඳ එහි පුළුල් වටිනාකම් පිළිබඳ ගැඹුරෙන් කටයුතු කළ අයෙකු නොවීය.මහවැලි

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Ilupandeniya Raja Maha Viharaya – ඉළුපැන්දෙනිය රජමහා විහාරය

Ilupandeniya Rajamaha Viharaya

Ilupandeniya Raja Maha Viharaya lies in the District of Kandy and its origins are believed to be going as far as the era of King Devamnampiyatissa (250-210 BC). History records that there was an Buddhist education center (Pirivena’) during the

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Gannoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya – ගන්නෝරුව රජමහා විහාරය

Gannoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya is located near Peradeniya on the Colombo Kandy Road about 3 kilometers in to the Gannoruwa Road.  Gannoruwa  is itself is a historic battle ground which Portuguese had the worst defeat against the Kandyan Kingdom during its

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Menikkadawara Fort of the Portuguese – මැණික්කඩවර බලකොටුව

This original rare old antique engraved print from: “Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën” by François Valentyn / Valentijn, published in 1724-1726. l source : lankapura.com

Archeology Department board of the Fort at Menikkadawara, stood on the side of the road, but hardly was there any other indication of an ancient site.A few shops and a sub post office made a very tiny bazaar.

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Fort Macdowall at Matale – මැක්ඩොවල් බලකොටුව

Remains of Fort Macdowall

Fort Macdowall was built by the British in the town of Matale in 1803 as an out post during the Kandian Wars. The fort was named after General Macdowall, who led the expedition to the Kingdom of Kandy, it is one of the few forts build inland.

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Balana Fort – බලන බලකොටුව

Balana Fort

After the Portuguese landed in Sri Lanka in 1505, their aim was to acquire more territory. But, the Balana rock fortress that served as an observation post stood against an invasion of the Kandyan kingdom.

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Udawattekele – the Forbidden Forest

The Pothos or Devil's Ivy, Epipremnum aureum, creeper from the Salomon Islands poses the second major foreign invasive threat to the natural ecosystem. Without their natural enemies (diseases, insects or animals that feed on them) these grow and multiply rapidly, blocking light for other species underneath.

Kandy, with its historical, archeological and religious value, has protected Udawatta Kele Sanctuary even during the time when Kandy was the capitol of Sri Lanka. In fact, Kandy has been named “Senkadagala” in 1371, during the time of King Wickramabahu,

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Vishnu Devalya of Kandy Kingdom – මහනුවර විශ්ණු දේවාලය

Kandy Vishnu Devale

Different historical documents have called this deity and the Devale by different names. Robert Knox, the English Prisoner has called the deity in this devale “Aluth Nuwara Deiyo”. According to legend the “Aluth Nuwara Deviyo” was brought to Aluth Nuwara in Kegalle District from Devinuwara in Matara.

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Vallahagoda Devalaya at Gampola – වල්ලහගොඩ දේවාලය

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Ulpange (Queen’s Bathing Pavilion) උල්පැන් ගේ

Queens Bathing house on the edge of the Kandy lake

The Ulpange or the Queen’s Bathing Pavilion is situated partly in the waters of the Kandy Lake and the other part on land near the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

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Place where King Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe was Captured – Tree and stone pillar to be a tourist attraction

Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe - The last King of Ceylon

Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe – the last King of Kandy was captured at a historic place called Mada Maha Nuwara nestling in the mist laden Dumbara valley not far away from Kandy near Teldeniya and taken a virtual prisoner on the

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Place where King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was Captured @ Bomure – ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජු ඉංග්‍රීසින්ට අසුවූ ස්ථානය

Place where King Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe was Captured @ Bomure

To reach the monument at the Place where King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was Captured, you need to go to the small town of Medamahanuwara, then walk for 10 minutes to reach the location.

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Naga Vimanaya (Sri Naga Viharaya) in Kandy – නාග විමානය

Naga Vimanaya (Sri Naga Viharaya)

Just above the Malwatu Maha Viharaya in Kandy and near the present Wales Park on the hills is found a small but beautiful old viharaya called Naga Vimanaya. This is a supposed to be a place where Velivita Sri Saranankara Thero lived for some time.

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Malwatu Maha Viharaya at Kandy – මල්වතු මහා විහාරය

Entrance to the Malwatu Maha Viharaya

Across the lake from the temple of the Tooth Relic, is situated one of the great centres of the Sangha, belonging to the Siam Nikaya, known as “Malwatu Maha Viharaya”. This great monastery consists of two sections.

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Magul Maduwa (Audience Hall) of the Kandyan Palace – මගුල් මඩුව – මහනුවර රාජධානිය

Magul Maduwa of the Kandyan Kingdom

The “Magul Maduwa” of the Palace is where the king met his ministers and and carried out his daily administrative tasks. This was also known as the “Maha Naduwa” (high court) by the local residence as this building was used by the king as the court.

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Kataragama Devalaya of Kandyan Kingdom – මහනුවර කතරගම දේවාලය

Kandy Kataragama Devalaya

The Kataragama Devalaya at Kandy is run by Hindu priests unlike the other 3 devales in Kandy. The entrance to the main shrine faces the main street through a colorfully ornamented vahalkada.

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Kandy Lake (Nuwara Weva) – නුවර වැව

Queens Bathing house on the edge of the Kandy lake

Kandy Lake or the Nuwara Wewa was built by the last king of Kandy (and of Sri Lanka), Sri Wikrama Rajasinhe to beatify the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) by excavating paddy fields in 1807. He called this artificial lake the :Kiri Muhuda” or the Milky Ocean.

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Hendeniya Rajamaha Viharaya – හේන්දෙනිය රජමහා විහාරය

The new shrine room carved out of the rock

Local traditions say that this Hendeniya Rajamaha Viharaya was built at the the request of Henekanda Biso Bandara (consort of King Wickremabahu III) of the Gampola period (1357-1374)

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British Garrison Cemetery of Kandy

British Garrison Cemetery of Kandy

Lewis called this Garrison Cemetery, the ‘European graveyard of Kandy’, in his book on the ‘List of Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in Ceylon’ published in 1913.

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Gangarama Raja Maha Viharaya – Lewella – ලේවැල්ල ගංගාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

Gangaramaya Raja Maha Vihara - Lewella

Renowned for its murals of the Kandyan Sittara art, “Gangarama Raja Maha Viharaya” is attributed to King Kirti Sri Rajasinhe (1747 – 1781).

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Galmaduwa Viharaya – ගල්මඩුව විහාරය

Galmaduwa Viharaya

A short turn off from the Kundasala Road just outside of Kandy and you will come upon a strange sight: the unfinished Galmaduwa Viharaya.

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Dodanwela Devale – දොඩන්වල දේවාලය

Dodanwela Devale

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.

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Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Vihara – දෙගල්දෝරුව රජමහා විහාරය

Degaldoruva Raja Maha Vihara

The Kandyan king, Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1780) was a great patron of the arts. It was during his time that some of the best paintings in upcountry temples were created. Among them, the Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Vihara paintings stand out.

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Some Historical Places Associated with Dalada Maligawa

Temple of the Tooth Relic - Dalada Maligawa - Dalada Maligaya(Dalada Maligawa)

ccording to Mandarampura Puwata, the Kandyan Kingdom was established after king Vimaladarmasuriya ascendent to the throne defeating Yamasinha Bandara in 1592 AD. The king immediately embraced Buddhism and brought the sacred Tooth Relic to Kandy then known as Senkadagalapura and

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The history of the Sri Daladawa (sacred Tooth Relic)

Dalada Karanduwa

The worship of corporeal remains of the Buddha, as recorded in the Mahaparinibbana-sutta ( the Record of the Demise of the Buddha), was sanctioned by the Buddha himself on the verge of his passing away. The Buddha declared that four

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Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) – ශ්‍රී දළදා මාලිගාව

Temple of the Tooth Relic - Dalada Maligawa - Dalada Maligaya(Dalada Maligawa)

The Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) in Kandy, the temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of The Buddha, is possibly the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the world. It is venerated not only by Buddhists in Sri Lanka but by Buddhists all over the world.

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Bambaragala Monastery – Teldiniya – බඹරගල රජමහා විහාරය – තෙල්දෙනිය

Bambaragala Monastery

A steep flight of stone steps leads to the summit of the Bambaragala rock cave temple, where halfway up is the priests’ residency (Avasa).

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