Ulpange : Queen’s Bathing Pavilion (උල්පැන් ගේ)

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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. This was part of the palace complex of the last king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe and as the name implies it was used by the queens for bathing. After the British invading forces captured the city, this was converted into a library and today this building has become a police post.

The Ulpange had been constructed in 1806 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe to serve as the bathing chambers of the queens. Three sides of this building are bounded by the Kandy Lake. The upper floor of the building has been used as the changing rooms for the royals and the ground floor for bathing. The arches supported by columns admit sunlight to the lake at the ground level.

References

  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

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Traveling Directions to Queen’s Bathing Pavilion

Kandy can be reached from Colombo on the old Colombo – Kandy road (option 1) which is scenic but heavy in traffic, especially on Fridays and Sundays. However, the new Central Expressway (option 2) has opened up a new route which is longer but less cumbersome.

Route 1 from Colombo to KandyRoute 2 from Colombo to Kandy
Through : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala
Distance :150 km
Travel time: 3.20 hours
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Through : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala
Distance :150 km
Travel Time: 3.20 hours
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Route From Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
Through : Walapane – Raja Mawatha
Distance :100 km
Travel Time : 3.0 hours
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