Addition of two cents to a traditional pilgrim (Day 3 & 4: Kataragama to Badulla & Home sweet home)

By : Viraj Rathnapriya
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Year & Month Number of Days Crew Weather Transport
Mar, 2009 4 Days 3 Male – 4 Female Excelent Nissan Vanette
Trip Route
Day 3 : Kataragama -> Buttala -> Passara -> Badulla

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

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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Having visiting Maha Devalaya at Kataragama in the morning, we left for Sellakataragama. In Hindu folks, this was believed as the place where the God Kataragama met his second wife Walli, a daughter of a regional leader of weddah. There was a cave believed as the place she lived. Since God Ganesh; the elder brother of God Kataragama helped to won walli, God Ganesh was also memorized there and the Devalaya at the river (Gange Devalaya) was devoted for him.

The pagoda at Kiriwehera

There was a complex of Devalaya(s) followed by a Buddhist temple at Sellakataragama. A Devalaya for the Goddes Luxmi was also added to the list recently.

Facilitating pilgrims

Gange Devalaya

Though there was a security problem due to a crew of terrorists hidden at Galge- Buttala region of Yala sanctuary, we decided to drive Buttala via Galge. The road was deadly silence and we met no vehicle until we reached Buttala.

We moved straight at the four way junction of Buttala, towards Badalkumbura. We had our lunch after having a cool dip in a nice village tank called “Kongaha wewa”. It was located at a distance of 5km from Buttala. Having an experience in scenic drive through the hilly part of Uva, we reached Badulla; our destination of the day by 5.30pm.

The village tank called “Kongaha wewa”

Scenic view at Passara

The terminal railway station of the upcountry railway track.

We paid a visit to Muthiyanganaya temple in the night. It was considered as one of the sixteen great Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka.

The pandol at Muthiyanganaya historic temple.

The pagoda at Muthiyanganaya in the moon light

Muthiyanganaya historic temple

Namunukula Mountain – from Badulla – Passara Road

Day 4 :

Our first travel location of the day was the historic temple at Bogoda. To reache there we had to drive through a narrow road not less than a distance of 13km from HaliEla. The temple was believed to be originated in A’pura era & there was a cave / tunnel believed to be used by King Walagambahu. The Sangawasaya (building provided accommodation for Monks) said to be built in Kandy era.

The oldest surviving wooden bridge out of the world

Located on the ancient rote from Badulla to Kandy

Inside of the bridge

the wooden bridge made over the stream

How ever this was world famous due to the wooden bridge made over the stream. It was considered as the oldest surviving wooden bridge out of the world. It was believed that the temple was located on the ancient rote from Badulla to Kandy. That bridge was made for dual purpose. It had been used as a bridge & as well as an ambalama (a resting place for pedestrians / travelers) for hundreds of years.

The pandol (Makara thorana) at the image house was also a unique structure.

Makara thorana was also a unique structure

Dowa temple at Bandarawela was our second travel location of the day. It could be identified as the most popular historic temple at Bandarawela.

A tiny pagoda at Dowa temple

Statue of Lord Buddha crafted in a huge rock at Dova temple

Cooking at the road side, an interesting experience.

Endless view of the south at Haputale.

Our next & the last travel location of the journey was Adisham.

Adisham bungalow is located with a distance of 4km from Haputale, a misty town in the southern edge of the Central range of mountain in SriLanka. It was built by Sir Thomas Lister Villiers, who was a grandson of Lord John Russell, twice prime minister of Britain.

While Sir Thomas was being the chairman of George Steuart Company, he built the Adisham as his dream house in an idyllic site at Haputale, surrounded by virgin forest and commanding views across hills and valleys.

The house was designed in the Tudor style, on the lines of Leeds Castle in Kent, with stout granite walls of locally quarried stone, long, narrow turret windows and chimneys. The roof was covered with flat Burma teak shingles. The doors, windows, paneling, staircase and floors were all of Burma teak. The lay-out of the garden was also British.

Today’s Adisham is primarily a monastery, where a few monks follow a schedule of prayer, meditation, work and service.

3D paining of Sir. Thomas Lister Villiers

A ceiling mounted lamp & decorations

Is this Scotland?

The roof was covered with flat Burma teak shingles

Surathali fall visible at A4 Hi-way

Day 2: Dikwella to Kataragama

Day 1 : Colombo to Dikwella

Have a Safe Journey!

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