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|Year and Month||November, 2014|
|Number of Days||One|
|Transport||Public transport / trishaw|
|Activities||Archaeology / trekking / Scenery / Photography / Waterfall hunting|
|Route||Monaragala -> Passara -> Rambukpotha -> Badulla -> Soranatota -> Badulla -> Monaragala|
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** SPECIAL THANKS TO ** Indaka from Bandarawela
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Ah it’s time to do another “Secrets of….” album and this time I wanted to do one on Badulla. Look out for the new additions when you guys pay a visit to Badulla again.
This ancient temple could be reached via Badulla – Passara rd. when you reach 1st mile post (after passing the university) there would be an Archeology board directing to the left. Take that road and reach the temple. It’s believed to be done by King Udaya and it has sheltered many leaders of Wellassa rebellion. The main attraction is the Image house. This is beautiful piece of architecture; out of everything I loved the heavy wooden door. There were paintings belonging to Kandyan era in it. The bell has an interesting story; it’s said to be done with old railway lines by the Englishman.
Lindamulla Pattini devalaya
Just before reaching Badulu Oya Bridge from Passara side there is a turn off towards Spring Valley. Traveling few kilometers along this rd will bring one towards a beautiful Pattini devalaya which is a must visit place if you ever come to Badulla. The outer wall paintings of this devalaya are the hallmark feature at this place.
This interesting inscription could be found at the center of Senerath Paranavitharana library. So to visit it you need to go there when it’s open and keep in mind to be silent. This was initially found at Soro bora lake (Mahiyanganaya) and later shifted to Badulla.
Welekade star fort
Welekade fort has an interesting shape and its right by the side of the road. This is located close to the hospital on Bandarawela road.
This fascinating piece of architecture could be seen in the premises of District secretariat behind the Buddha statue of Badulla. To visit it you need permission from that office. Luckily the security guard was a distant relation so I got the opportunity to snap it. The archeology board at the site mentions:-
“දේශිය වාස්තු විද්යාත්මක ලක්ෂණ වලින් සමන්විත දැව කැටයම් හා විශේෂ ආරුක්කු වලින් ද පේකව වලින්ද අම්බලමේ උපයෝගීතාවයට උචිත පරිදි කෙටි බිත්ති වලින්ද සමන්විතව ක්රි:ව: 19 වන සියවස මුල් භාගයේදී ඉදිකර ඇති දුර්ලබ ගණයේ අම්බලමකී. රාජකාරී කටයුතු සදහා කච්චේරියට පැමිණෙන සේවාදායකයන්ට තම කටයුතු ඉටුවන තුරු රැදි සිටිම පිණිස මෙය කරවන්නට ඇතැයි සිතිය හැක.”
Medapathana is a scenic location at Badulla and to reach it one needs to travel along Mahiyangana road and at Ridipana take the Medapathana cemetery road. The road condition up to the cemetery is good! From here onwards it’s best to have a walk. It’s simply an mind blowing location with a panoramic view. Badulu oya runs along its eastern boarders and one could attempt to reach the top of Dunhida falls from here.
Dunhida and Kuda dunhida falls
Passing Ridipana and traveling 3km’s towards Mahiyangana you could reach the ticket counter of Dunhida. To view kuda dunhida one needs to get to the high grounds where the toilet is located at the beginning of the trail.
Kataragama Devalaya Badulla
This ancient site is believed to be done by 1st Wimaladarmasuriya king and it’s located in front of the Uva provincial council building. The paintings of the outer wall were similar to the ones seen at the Lindamulla pattini devalaya. The “Kapu mahaththaya” at this site was very kind and helpful. He did show me around the place without any hesitation. The main sections are the Kataragama devalaya, Pattini devalaya, Kitchen and quarters, Bo tree and Singhasana mandapaya.
Muthiyanganaya and Uva museum
Apart from historically important Muthiyangana Dhageba my main interest was on the museum (which should be approached from the temple premises). There were pictures from many places of Uva province and also the artifacts were very unique and interesting.
Reelpola Godegama RMV
While going towards the railway station by crossing the Badulu oya there is a road to the left called Wewalhinna road, traveling along this road for few kilometers will bring you to this temple. There is an ancient image house which is under renovation. Some of the statues found in the image house is said to be done in wood. The paintings found here belongs to Kandyan era.
To reach this temple one needs to proceed along Wewalhinna rd and turn left at one point. Better to ask directions from locals because it’s very hard to describe. You also could reach this from Spring Valley road quiet easily. At this temple a caved image house with and inscription could be found. In this image house you could note similar statues as found in Reelpola temple which is under renovation.
To reach Eladaluwa one needs to take Wewalhinna road for few hundred meters and turn on to Eladaluwa road which ends up at the communication towers at its summit. Though it’s not as scenic like medapathana the whole of Badulla town could be seen easily. You would need a 4wd to tackle this one.
I’m glad that I could visit all of these places and I’m privileged to introduce these unknown places to the common traveler.