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Main Locations of Interest in and around Belihuloya
  Uggal Aluthnuwara Dewalaya

Uggal Aluthnuwara Dewalaya - Historical and Archaeological Remains in the Belihul Oya areaThe ancient Aluthnuwara Kuda Katharagama Dewalaya has a history going back to the era of the Kandyan King Senarath Yapa in the year 1304AD.  It is the sub shrine dedicated to the god Katharagama in Sri Lanka.  It still has the mini Kataragama Devale, a moonstone, old stone pillars, a 600 year old wooden arch, a stone arch and ruins.  Old gold jewellery too can be found there.  The Dewalaya is situated about 1km from the turn off point on Colombo-Badulla road, which is about 4km from Belihuloya towards Colombo.

  Bolthumba Dewalaya

This Dewalaya belongs to the King Rawana, whose official flag is said to be still in it.  Legend has it that it rains when the flag is taken out!

  Haldumulla Ancient Fort

This is a Portuguese Fort, built on the summit of Haldumulla hill.  Since this is built on a strategic location it gives one a very good view of the surrounding area.  This fort can be reached by walking approximately 2½ km from Haldumulla, which is 20km from Belihuloya towards Badulla.

  Haldumulla Ancient Temple (Viharaya)

This Temple, over 200 years old is situated approximately 100m from Haldumulla town which is 20km from Belihuloya towards Badulla. It has one of the highest dagobas in the area. The murals still remain in the old building of the temple of which the architecture belongs Kandiyan era.

  Soragune Devalle

The ancient Katharagama Devale of Soragune temple has a history going back to the era of King Walagamba. Ruins, such as, stone scripture, old stone pillars, slabs and buildings with drawings still remain at the site.  The temple is approximately 6.5 km away from Halatuthana junction which is 18km from Belihuloya towards Badulla.

  Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Bungalow - Historical and Archaeological Remains in the Belihul Oya area Adisham Bungalow, a 19th century British period building, was modelled on Leeds Castle in Kent, England.  It was the country house of Sir Thomas Villiers, a distinguished British resident in Sri Lanka in the early 20th century.  It is now a Benedictine, adjoining the Thangamale Bird Sanctuary.  The Bungalow, 30km away from Belihuloya can be reached by going to Haputale and proceeding about 1 ½ km along Boralanda road and another ½ km through the tea estate.

  Bogoda Bridge and Temple

The 16th century Bogoda Bridge is the only roofed wooden bridge of the Kandyan period.  Located on a byroad of the Badulla - Bandarawela road, this graceful bridge spans the rocky Gallanda Oya and is constructed entirely of wood.  The gabled shingle roof is supported by 11 pairs of elegantly carved pillars and banisters and the entire structure had been painted with vermilion, turquoise and ochre natural lacquer. The Bogoda Raja Maha Vihara Rock Temple nearby has pre-Christian era inscriptions and old murals and images.  The total distance to this bridge and temple from Belihuloya is 67 ½ km.

  Sankapala Temple

The Sankapala Temple, consisting of three rock caves containing stone inscriptions dating back to the 2nd century BC, was built by Pussadeva, one of the ten commanders ("Dasamaha Yodayas") of the army of King Dutugemunu who ruled over our island from 161 to 137 BC. After the major battles were over, Pussadeva became a Bikhkhu and meditated in one of the caves. This Temple is situated on the Pelmadulla-Embilipitiya Road, 52 km from Belihuloya).


Buduruwagala - Historical and Archaeological Remains in the Belihul Oya areaOne of Uva's most striking and dramatic monuments, Buduruwagala is a group of seven colossal standing rock-cut Mahayana Buddhist figures.  Carved in high relief on a cliff face in thick jungle, the central Buddha figure is 51ft in height and is flanked by Bodhisattva figures and the Goddess Tara. The figures show traces of their original plaster and paint and are dated between 8th to 10th century AD.This location is about 50km from Belihuloya, situated at Nugayaya on a turn off on the Tanamalwila - Wellawaya highway.

  Dowa Rock Temple

Located on the main highway between Badulla and Bandarawela about 42 km from Belihuloya, the Dowa Rock Temple has murals and inscriptions dating back to the 1st century BC.  The colossal unfinished rock-cut standing Buddha figure (8m high) carved on the cliff face is one of its main attractions.

  Halaba Iron Bridge

This 700ft long iron bridge over Uma Oya was built in the year 1867. This is an unbelievable and fascinating situation where it is said that this bridge, originally approved to be built in Halawatha (Chilaw), was mistakenly installed in Halaba due to confusion in names.  Installing a bridge in no man's land where there is not even a road is, in fact, ludicrous!  To arrive at this bridge one has to go to Jangulla through Hali Ela and from there about 2 ½ km through a somewhat difficult terrain in the jungle.  The distance from Belihuloya is 68 ½ km.

  Nine Arch Railway Bridge

This culvert-bridge was built at Gotuwala between the two railway stations - Ella and Demodara during the British Colonial period.  The 99.6ft high bridge is called "Ahas namaye palama" (Nine skies bridge) in Sinhala.  When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of "nine skies" through the nine arches, hence the Sinhala name.  The bridge is located approx. 50 km from Belihuloya.

  Demodara Railway Loop

Designed and built during the British Colonial period in the shape of a turban, this railroad loop is a unique feature in the hill country. The track goes around the mountain in a loop and through a tunnel beneath the Demodara Railway Station.  It is about 50 km from Belihuloya.


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