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|Year and Month||2014 March 01|
|Number of Days||One Day|
|Crew||02-Uddika and Myself|
|Transport||Train, Bus, Three wheeler and walking|
|Activities||Climbing, Archeology and Photography|
|Route||Colombo -> Kadugannawa -> Around Kadugannawa -> Back to Colombo|
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Kadugannawa (කඩුගන්නාව) is the highest point of Colombo-Kandy road (A1) and the lookout point of old Sinhala Kingdom. I thought to have one day trip to visit at tourist attractions in Kadugannawa.
Tourist attractions in Kadugannawa
1. Dawson Tower
2. National Railway Museum
3. Balana Ancient Fort
This Tower was made to commemorate Captain William Francis Dawson who was the Royal Engineer who designed and built current Kandy road form Colombo. He died on March 29, 1829 before finishes his work and this column was mad by his friends. Kadugannawa tunnel is a remarkable place of Kandy road. Therefore they have placed this memorial tower at Kadugannawa.
You can climb this tower and enjoy the surrounding view of Kadugannawa.
National Railway Museum
National Railway Museum is situated next to Kadugannawa Railway station and it started 2months before. It demonstrates the evolution of Sri Lankan railway history.
Balana Fort (බලන කොටුව)
Balana rock fort was the watch tower of ancient Kandyan kingdom. It has been used since Protégées era. Once you get down at Balana-Kadugannawa road there is a board indicating Balana fort.
Balana fort provides nice view towards Bathalegala (බතලේගල) and Ura kanda (ඌරාකන්ද).
Mudukirigala (මුදුකිරිගල)-Highest point of Kadugannawa
Mudukirigala provides a good view towards Kandy, Gampola and Kadugannawa towns. As it is the highest point there, it is saturated with transmission towers. The road towards Mudukirigala starts in front of Kadugannawa library. It can be driven up to certain extent and then have to follow the foot pathway.
It’s old name called Mundagiriya (මුණ්ඩගිරිය) where a temple was situated.
Balumgala provides another bird’s eye view towards Kadugannawa town and Mawanella side. We attempted to reach there and came back due to lack of time.
Summary of the day
We reached Kadugannawa town around 10.00am by bus as we were unable to get into 7.00am intercity train from Colombo. After our breakfast we visited at Dawson tower but care taker was not there to climb up. Then we went to National Railway Museum and after finish half of it got into the train towards Balana. From Balana station we hired a three wheeler to the fort and on our way back we came along the road from Balana to Kadugannawa. Then we completed rest of railway museum and mean while we were able to contact the care taker of the Dawson tower. After enjoying the view from Dawson tower we tasted our lunch from Kadugannawa town and got directions towards Mudukirigala. We walked up to Mudukirigala and attempted to visit at Balumgala as the last objective of the day. We reached Colombo by Podi-Menike train around 9pm.
Thank you for reading.