Ruins of Yanoya Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) – යාන් ඔය පුරාණ ගල් පාලම නටබුණ්
Anuradhapura was the first real capital of Sri Lanka over two thousand two hundred years ago. The road network was in a highly developed stated during this era, with major roads leading to Trincomalee, Mannar, Jaffna and the southern kingdoms from Anuradhapura. These roads were not only used for foot traffic but carts carrying goods traveling on trade and commercial activities. With the development of the road network, the ancient kings built sturdy bridges out of granite slabs and pillars. Ruins in various bridges around Anuradhapura can be found across Malwathu Oya, Hal Pan Ela, Kandara Oya, Yan Oya, Kala Oya and Deduru Oya.
Outside the more popular stone bridges over Malwathu Oya and Halpan Oya, ruins of few other bridges have been discovered. There may be many more still undiscovered stone bridges across the unknown ancient routes.
Ruins of such an ancient stone bridge can be found at close to the Horowpathana – Trincomalee road. The ruins lies across Yan Oya, some distance upstream in a forest patch from the new bridge over Yan Oya on the Horowpathana – Trincomalee road. Large number of rough rock pillars and slabs are scattered across the river banks. Some broken pillars can be seen still standing on the river bed. Approximated height of pillars has been calculated as 2 meters and there are 30cmx30cm is size.
Traveling 55km from Anuradhapura towards Trincomalee will bring you to the Horowpathana town. Traveling a further 6 km passing the town will bring you to the new bridge over Yan Oya.
There are at number of stone bridges discovered in Sri Lanka. These are in various states while some have been conserved to an extent. The most popular is the bridge over the Malwathu Oya.
- Stone Bridge over Malwathu Oya (Anuradhapura)
- Stone Bridge over Halpan Ela (Anuradhapura)
- Stone Bridge close to Mahakanadarawa Reservoir (Mihintale)
- Stone Bridge at the Girihandu Seya (Tiriyaya)
- Kayankerni Stone Bridge (Eastern Province)
- Habagama Stone Bridge
- Yanoya Stone Bridge
- Weliela Mankada Stone Bridge
- Palamgala Stone Bridge
- Alubedda Stone Bridge
- Palugaswewa Stone Bridge
- Thirappane Stone Bridge
- Ebawalapitiya Stone Bridge
- Thulawelliya Stone Bridge
- පුරාණ ශ්රී ලංකාවේ ශෛලමය පාලම් නිර්මාණ කිහිපයක් සහ එහි තාක්ෂණය පිලිබඳ මූලික විමසුමක් – ආචාර්ය චන්දන රෝහණ විතානාච්චි
Map of the The Ruins of Yanoya Gal Palama
Note that the location is approximate based on the directions given.
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Traveling Directions to the Ruins of Yanoya Gal Palama
Route from Anuradhapura to The Ruins of Yanoya Gal Palama
|Through : Mihinthale – Kahatagasdigiliya – Horowpathana|
Distance : 61 km
Travel time :1.15 hours
Time to spend : 30 mins to 1 hour
Driving directions : see on google maps