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|Year and Month||2015 August 28th and September 15th|
|Number of Days||Separate two days|
|Crew||With my sister’s family and Rukshan|
|Transport||Bus, Safari jeep|
|Activities||Archeology, Photography and Wild life|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark|| Kaudulla NP
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Medirigiriya (මැදිරිගිරිය) is located closer to Polonnaruwa and it has few tourist attractions. When you visit at Polonnaruwa you can pay a visit at Medirigiriya as well. I was able to visit following places at Medirigiriya.
Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla National Park was established in April 1st, 2002. It is situated in Polonnaruwa District and there are two ways to reach Kaudulla from Colombo:
Colombo->Habarana (හබරණ) ->Galoya Junction (ගල් ඔය හන්දිය) at Trinco Road->Kaudulla NP
Colombo->Habarana-> 45Km post in Polonnaruwa Road->Kaudulla NP
Kaudulla is famous for elephants and bird watching. Elephants migrate from Minneriya NP to Kaudulla in August-September months. Elephant watching trails (safari jeep tracks) mainly located around Kaudulla tank. Other than elephants, deers, bears and leopards also can be seen in the park but rare.
Kaudulla tank was built by King Mahasen (මහසෙන් රජතුමා) and renovated in 1959. It gets water from Elahara-Kanthale giant canal (ඇළහැර-කන්තලේ යෝධ ඇල) from Amban Gaga (අඹන් ගග). Kaudulla tank supplies water for Medirigiriya area and it is a great fish source for fishermen.
Medirigiriya Vatadageya and archeology complex
History of Medirigiriya Vatadageya and archeology complex goes back to King Kanitta Thissa in Anuradhapura Era (192-194) and later many kings have contributed to build this complex. Following Kalinga Maga invasion of Polonnaruwa kingdom, this was abounded and rediscovered by Mr. H.P.C Bell in 1897.
Medirigiriya Vatadageya (මැදිරිගිරිය වටදාගෙය)
Main attraction of this site is Vatadageya. Vatadageya is the structure built around a stupa to protect it. Vatadage can be seen only in early period of history when stupa was small.
This is built on a small rock with a massive stone frame. There are 27 stone steps to climb first and then you will reach to a resting area. After another 4 steps stupa house will come across. In the center of this stupa was situated, today can’t be seen. There are four Buddha statues in seating position around the Stupa.
Roof of the Vatadageya was placed on three concentric rows of stone pillars. By the way it is the main eye catching of the Vatadageya.
Pichchamal Wiharaya (පිච්චමල් විහාරය)
These two image houses situated close each other generally called as Pichchamal Wiharaya. There are five Buddha statues inside this temple: Three standing and two seated.
Other image houses closer to Vatadage
There are three other image houses situated next to Vatadage. Currently the medicinal boat can be seen at this area. Ruined Buddha statues are placed there.
There was a well developed hospital in this archeology complex. It is situated at right hand side of the main entrance.
Small cave also can be seen at main entrance.
Stupa is situated opposite to Vatadage. You can have a nice view of Vatadage from stupa premises.
Kaudulla Lake (කවුඩුල්ල වැව)
Kaudulla Lake is the largest reservoir built by King Mahasen. (Though it is less popular than Minneriya tank). Though Kaudulla Lake is considered as a creation of King Mahasen, actually made by his sister called Bisobandara.
Later King Wijayabahu (විජයබාහු රජතුමා) and King Parakramabahu (පරාක්ර මබාහු රජතුමා ) made some renovation for Kaudulla Tank.
Tank dam (bund) is 15m tall. It is 120m wide at the base. It has a capacity of 64 million cubic meters.
Kaudulla gets water from Elahara-Kanthale giant canal from Elahara anicut.
Kaudulla lake bunt can be approached from Medirigiriya side. You can have a splendid view with cool breeze on top of this.
Hingurakgala (හිගුරක්ගල) and Bubula (බුබුල)
Hingurakgoda (හිගුරක්ගොඩ) is situated closer to Medirigiriya town and Hingurakgala is a temple situated on top of the rock called Hingurakgala. On top of Hingurakgala you can see a pond and a stupa (might be ancient). As this is one of a highest point in this area you can have nice surrounding view including Kaudulla Lake, Medirigiriya side and Hingurakgoda domestic airport.
Bubula is kind of a water spring situated closer to Hingurakgoda. It is a popular place for bathing among villagers. Nowadays they have constructed a pond to collect water.
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