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Kegalle

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

This is the first elephant Orphanage set up in 1974 Since then Pinnawala has become a tourist destination.Large crowds of tourists gather near the Maha Oya at the time that elephants are brought for bathing .

Kadugannawa

Climbing Kadugannawa pass gives you a breathtaking view of the mountain range including the famous Bible Rock

Yatahalena Raja Maha Viharaya

It is believed that king Devanampiyatissa’s brother, Mahanagastayed in this cave while fleeing to Ruhuna. There ,his queen gave birth to a son at this place ,and the cave was named Yatalatissa. Buddha statues can be seen here. The inscription found here is considered as the largest Brahmi inscription .There are about 10 caves here.

Bisowela Purana Raja Maha Viharaya

Statues and paintings can be seen which belong to the Kandyan period.

Navagala Galebandara Devale

At one end of the rock which resembles a ship at a distance ,the devale has been built in a 30’ long cave. This is dedicated to a local deity,Navagala Bandara. There are images of gods and paintings. The Annual Festival includes fire walking and almsgiving which attracts large crowds. Hindus and Buddhists patronize the festival.

St.Mary’s Church,Kegalle

This catholic Church is one of the oldest shurches in Kegalle District. The church was built in 1852 and St.Mary’s school affiliated to the church was established in 1867.

Salkagala Forest Hermitage

This had been established in Anuradhapura period. There are inscriptions at this site dating back to the 3rd century BC.Lenagala Raja Maha Viharaya is close by and there was a belief that a tunnel links these to places in the past. A serene forest hermitage “Ketagilla Jungle” is the main attraction.

Karandu Lena

Prince Mahanaga,brother of king Devanampiyatissa is credited with the establishment of this cave temple. It is believed that Prince Danta and Princess Hemamala who brought the sacred Tooth Relic to Sri lanka, kept the casket of the Relic in his custody and donated this sacred object to a monk living at this temple for protection.

Alulena

Stone implements used by man over 15,000 years ago have been discovered by archaeological excavations from this site.Few statues ,paintings & inscriptions below the drip ledge can be seen

Utuwankanda

Utuwankanda and its connection with Saradiel has been popular among people in the country for about 140 years. Saradial who exploited the British administrators and rich people , and supported poor people, is considered the Robin Hood of Sri lanka. He was captured by the British and sentenced to death on 7th may 1864.

Holombuwa Ancient Cave Temple-Sthreepura

This temple is believed to have been constructed during the King Walagamba’s reign. This place was named as Sthreepura since there have been 500 queens residing. There had been a tunnel linked to temple and a Shrine room, where sculptures and paintings can be seen.

Manikkadawara Portuguese Fotress

During the Portuguese occupation a Firtress had been built here. The Bo Tree is over 1000 years old. Atampita Viharaya rests on 14 pillars of 21’.It is a Four Storied building.

Beligala Sri dalada Rajamaha Viharaya

The Sacred Tooth Relic had been housed here during the Dambadeniya period. The moon stone found here is regarded as a rare sculpture .It covers an area of 2/3 a circle instead of the traditional half circle.

Bogala Graphite Mines

This mine was discovered during the Dutch period. The British developed this as a Mining Industry in 1920.There are three mines known as Maha Bogala, Punchi Bogala and Karandawatte Mines. Over 5000 tons of graphite is mined annually and exported to UK,Europe and Japan.

Wawanella Bridge

This was built in 1832-1833CE,and this is the only one bridge still being used out of the bridges built during that period.It is 70m in length and made out of bricks, and has not been repaired since its construction.

Mellagalla Hermitage

This is a complex of natural caves which had been used for meditation by monks. Many pre-Christian inscriptions have been discovered from these caves. Some ancient shrines and few new shrines can be seen here. This is situated in Udagama Village.

Batalegala – Bible Rock

No one would miss the beautiful view of this rock that can be seen from Balana,near Kadugannawa tunnel.

Aluthnuwara Dedimunda Devalaya

This Devale is associated with the deity Dedimunda .There is a Budhist monastic complex here and other shrines of deities sooniam,Ghambhara,and Weerabadra are also within the complex. The Esala Festival of Aluthnuwara begins before the Kandy Esala Festival

Padavigampola Stone Canopy

The caves found in Padavigampola had provided shelter to pre historic man. The stone Canopy is believed to have been constructed in the prehistoric era.

Dedigama Kota Vehera

Dedigama is situated on the Rambukkana-Kurunegala road. This vihara had been constructed during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. here it was discovered a golden casket with a stone casket. These caskets had been designed to the shape of the sanchi Stupa in India. This is a site which has considerable historical and archeological value.

Kadugannawa Tunnel

While constructing the Colombo – Kandy road during the British period the rock was pierced by excavating the tunnel. It is a landmark indicating entry to Kadugannawa.capt.Dawson was honored for his work and later the Dawson Column was erected on top of the Kadugannawa Hill close to his tomb