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List of Archaeological Protected Monuments in Nuwara Eliya – Sightseeing "Little England"

Nuwara Eliya, a historically rich town in the hill country with plenty of points of interest. To make it less of a hassle to you, here are a few protected archaeological monuments in the town.


Ambagamuwa Stone Inscription

These stone inscriptions are thought to be a major source of information during the Polonnaruwa period. According to history, the king at the time is said to have refreshed here during his religious trip to Adams Peak. The stone inscriptions give details on the war with the foreign troops and the subsequent victory. Furthermore, it gives details on the charity work done by the king for his people. There is no major notice indicating the location of the Ambagamuwa Stone Inscriptions so you might have some difficulty finding the location. There is only a tiny notice board that is partially hidden; however, the locals would be more than happy to point you in the right direction.


Aranthana Raja Maha Vihara

Though largely forgotten by the natives, the Aranthana Raja Maha vihara played a major role in the country's Buddhism. There were times during the eighteenth century when the sacred tooth relic was hidden here. The Vessantara Jataka, an important saga in Buddhism is inscribed here while the artwork features incredible detail. the Aranthana Raja Maha Vihara is located just outside the town of Hanguranketha.


Kotmale Kadadora (Dehadu Kadulla)

Kotmale is a magical town that is well steeped in Sri Lanka's heritage. King Dutugemunu is said to have been exiled here for twenty four years where he worked as a herdsman. Back in the days, this town is said to have four entrances. All of them have now been destroyed, either by humans or nature but one entrance still stands. This is the Kadadora entrance and is the one King Dutugemunu walked through to the town. According to the history books, he is said to have hidden his sword in a nearby tree. The entrance has since been renovated and can be viewed in its former glory.


Holy Trinity Church

An Anglican church built in the eighteenth century; the Holy Trinity Church is a fine piece of architecture and has a long history. It was even visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the nineteenth century and a stained glass piece was given to the church as a memory of the visit. Furthermore, the church is home to a pipe organ that is over hundred years old. The Holy Trinity Church is easy to access from most Nuwara Eliya bungalows such as the likes of Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow.


Kotagapitiya Ambalama

Hidden from the main roads, the Kotagapitiya Ambalama is said to have been built by King Dutugemunu. For those who do not know, an Ambalama is a place built so that travellers and pilgrims can rest and refresh themselves. The entire structure, from the roof to the floor, has been built using granite while one can see carvings of lions and elephants on the sides. Now, however, the roof is covered with corrugated sheets to protect the structure.

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