Addition of two cents to a traditional pilgrim (Day 2: Dikwella to Kataragama)

By : Viraj Rathnapriya
Contact the Author : viraj_rathnapriya@yahoo.com
Year & Month Number of Days Crew Weather Transport
Mar, 2009 4 Days 3 Male – 4 Female Excelent Nissan Vanette
Trip Route
Day 1 : Colombo/Veyangoda ->Galle-> Matara-> Dikwella

Day 2 : Dikwella -> Hambantota -> Bundala -> Magama ->

Kirinda -> Thissa -> Kataragama

Day 3 : Kataragama -> Buttala -> Passara -> Badulla

Day 4 : Badulla -> Bandarawela-> Haputale -> Veyangoda

Accommodation
Pilgrims rests @ Dikwella, Kataragama & Badulla
Travel Tips, Travel Notes and Special remarks
  • It’s wise to carry sufficient amount of water for drinking purpose.
  • Keep extra attention when you bath in unknown water.

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We were busy in exploring the historic temple at Wawurukannala in the dawn. The giant statue of Lord Buddha at the Buduraja Maha Viharaya was said as the pioneer of the same kind.

The giant statue of Lord Buddha at the Buduraja Maha Viharaya

The huge clock at the temple was also unique. The creator of the same was a prisoner & it was originally made with wood. Later the wheels were replaced with brass ones by the creator. The clock was powered by hanged weights & the operator was kind enough to let us observe the whole.

The out side view of the huge clock at the temple

History of the huge clock at the temple

Mechanism & the operator of the huge clock at the temple

The pagoda, Seema malakaya, Devalaya & the ancient image house were archeologically valued. It is important to note here the paintings & images at the image house were eye-catching ones.

A statue of the King of demons

The Andiya-Well at the temple premises was also important being one of the few wells in that kind found out of Jafna.

Passing “Seeni-modara”, from where a well known baila singer found his bride “Dona Katharina”, we reached Kuda-wella for our next travel location.

It was Hummanaya (The Blow hole); the second highest natural saltwater fountain out of the world. Few tourists’ vehicles were there when we arrived. The area had been developed a bit since my last visit & an information centre had been setup recently for the benefit of the travelers. Further; a boat service was started by the cooperative society of fishermen @ Kudawella for adventurous travelers who wish to observe the blow hole from the sea side.

Walking towards the blow hole

The blow hole

Blow hole when it switched on

The agricultural museum opened recently at Bata-Atha was our next travel location. But our exploration was limited to have a tea break at the car park of the same.

The agricultural museum opened recently at Bata-Atha

Ussangoda at Kalamatiya sanctuary was our next travel location. There was an area where trees are not grown except grass. Earth of the same was extraordinary reddish as burnt and provided good reasons for legends. Some were claimed King Ravana while the majority claimed as a result of fallen Asteroid. What ever the truth, it’s worth visiting. The beach of the same was also attractive. Folklore said a palace of a regional King was also located at this beach.


Reddish earth at Ussangoda

Both are Aged

A palace of a regional King was located closed to the small islands visible

Reddish sand at sea shore

Proceeding few kilometers towards Hambantota, we turned left into a by road & visited the tomb of Andare located closed to a village tank covered with bloomed water lily, which made a nice scenery. Andare was a famous comedian in Kandy era, ill and died along on his way home.

Junction of Andere

The tomb of Andere

His last words

The Poor Comedian

Hambantota was very popular among pilgrims for high quality Kalu Dodol. You can have them even in Kataragama but the quality was unbeatable. Having tasting some Dodol there, we continued our journey towards Thissa. We stopped for a while again for having some Ruhunu Cured & turned into the by road at Waligatta junction, which lead to Kirinda.

Bundala Sanctuary

Entrance to the information centre

Proceeding few kilometers we reached the information centre at Bundala sanctuary. Having spending nearly an hour there, we took our move. We met no elephants but few droppings. The narrow road was laid along the lagoon. Finally we reached Kirinda at the terminal of that narrow road via Magama.

Specimens at the information centre

Lagoon at Bundala

Kirinda was believed as the location where the princess Devi (later popular as Vihara Maha Devi) was landed. The temple & the Devalaya there were survived on outside pilgrims because the whole population of the area was non Buddhist.

Climbing to the temple at Kirinda

Climbing to the temple at Kirinda

Statue of Vihara Maha devi

Rough sea at Kirinda

On our way to Thissamaharamaya, we could manage our time to have a dip in the tank at Yodhakandiya. How ever it was almost dark when we reached the temple at Thissamaharamaya, the giant pagoda done by King Kawanthissa.

the giant pagoda done by King Kawanthissa

We reached Kataragama; our destination of the day by 7.30pm. Refreshed and had a nice time at Kirivehera in night.

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Have a Safe Journey!

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