Tomb of Andare the Court Jester – හම්බන්තොට අන්දරේ සොහොන

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Tomb of Andare

Tomb of Andare
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

 

Andare was a witty court jester who lived during the 18th century during the reigns of Kings Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe and Rajadhi Rajasinhe of the Kandyan Kingdom.

He is believed to have been born in Devinuwara in the Matara district. He was the second son of Palawinnage Palliyaguru, an accomplished linguist and the teacher at the Church of Devinuwara appointed by the Dutch.

According to the folklore Andare died of thirst on a trip to his home town. It is said the king hearing the death of his favorite court jester, immediately visited the place of his death and seeing the corpse with all his limbs spread wide made the king smile and said “Dear Andare, you are making me laugh even after your death”.

A tomb and a monument has been built in 2001 where Andare is believed to have died along with a  sculpture showing how he died with arms spread.

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Route from Colombo to Tomb of Andare the Court Jester

Route from Matara to Tomb of Andare the Court Jester

Though : Galle – Matara
Distance : 240 km
Travel time : 4.5 hours
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Though : Tangalle
Distance : 84 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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