View from the top
At the top
View from the top
Monkey with baby
Yapahuwa The rock fortress
In 13th Century Yapahuwa was Sri Lanka?s seat of governance and home
to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Today it is one of the
country?s most unique and important sites of historic interest
containing abundant traces of ancient battlements and remnants of king
This was the practice of regents at the time and was a ritual of
great political significance.
What remains at the ancient kindom now is its most remarkable
masterwork which remains as an ornamental stairway that conducted the
royal palace. Situated on the outskirts of Kurunegala, this rock
fortress is just three miles from the Maho railway station.
I entered from the cave temple which was the only accessway to the
?Kingdom?. It still contains statues of the Buddha and paintings of the
The climb up to the rock was easy much easier than when I came to
Yapahuwa with my friends some seven years ago. Starting was somewhat of
a challenge because it has narrow steps.
But the climb to the top of the rock was easy. At the top what
greeted me was a breathtaking view with monkeys- quite a lot of them-
running helter skelter. The view was truly magnificent while the breeze
was strong and refreshing. One gets the feeling of being miles away from
the noisy, modern civilisation and I got the impression of being one
with the past.
The ?Yapahuwa Lion? stone sculpture, is what is reproduced in the
country?s newest Rs. 10 note. Historians compare Yapahuwa to the
Sigiriya rock fortress but note that it was built on a much smaller
?The king had enclosed the city with a towering wall and a moat,
protecting the palace within. A cave temple was built for monks at the
In the past some were called Sundara Giri Pabbatha, Suba lena, Yasa
Pawwa and Yahapath Parwathaya. Before 200 years ago reverend
Neththipalagama Medhankara came to this place to visit here? said
Ravindra, a resident at Yapahuwa village.
Many interesting ruins are scattered in every direction. But the most
important local ruin of all is the splendid though short-lived rock
fortress of Yapahuwa. All of them contain classical masterpieces of
Sinhala art and craft wall paintings, wood work, sculpture and images of
Yapahuwa was considered as a strategically important point since the
Polonnaruwa era. Prince Buwanekabahu, the son of a Parakramabahu the
Great who ruled in Dambadeniya, was stationed at Yapahuwa to protect the
kingdom against enemy attacks.
The ruins of this temple can be seen today and is considered one of
the best archaeologically valuable sites on the island.
Blend of modern and traditional architecture
The Yapahuwa Ayurveda centre in the Kurunegala District located
around 145 km from Colombo is situated amidst the tranquillity of
landscaped garden with a panoramic view of the small lake.
There are 26 therapies and six doctors working at this resort. Their
service include massages, steam bath, flower bath, yoga and meditation
This Ayurveda resort has 36 rooms with 12 cottage type mud houses and
four apartment houses, each with six double occupancy rooms to
accommodate guests. Most often they make herbals taken from their own
The centre has invested more than Rs 100 million and opened a new
hotel called Yapahuwa Paradise on 8th February 2008 which has 20
terracestyle rooms in the same premises of the Yapahuwa Ayurveda Centre
containing 36 acres dotted with mango, cashew, coconut, teak, kohomba
and various kind of flowers.
All rooms are in the lake view and there are Olu, Nelum, Manel and
Araliya ponds in front of the rooms entrance.
This hotel presents a fine blend of modern and traditional
architecture. The guests can enjoy an environment similar to a botanical
The hotels are managed by its chairman Werner Simon and assisted by
his son Ananda. ?The hotel has 300 pax banquet hall and we offer it for
the reasonable rates to those who like to have their wedding or
conference in this place.
People who come to this hotel, can visit Yapahuwa kingdom, Kaikawala
Cave Temple, Ridee Viharaya, Aukana, Haththikutchi, Paduwasnuwara,
Padeniya, Resvehera and Arankele? said Asoka Alwis, General Manager of
It has a pool and the water flows from an elephant mural. They
focussed more attention to the architecture and the sculptures. Games
such as as volley ball, badminton and indoor games such as table tennis,
carrom and chess are also provided.
Entering this hotel, no one can believe this kind of hotel is
situated at Yapahuwa, three and half hours drive from Colombo.
The majority of the employees of this hotel are from Yapahuwa area.
Because of this hotel people who live in Yapahuwa have jobs. (GP)
South Indian fare at ?Chutneys?
Cinnamon Grand Colombo opened its South Indian restaurant Chutneys,
on Wednesday in the presence of a large gathering of invitees.
Their 20 paged - a la carte menus offer specialties from the four
primary states of South India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and
Tamil Nadu, with separate vegetarian and non vegetarian options for each
In addition to varieties of Dosai there are 45 vegetarian options and
55 non vegetarian options in the restaurant claimed to be the first
South Indian restaurant in Sri Lankan five star hotels.
The four leading South Indian chefs ensure the authenticity of the
culinary fare with each of the chefs specialising in the unique dishes
of each region.
Their distinctive styles have also led to the chefs being conferred
the honourary titles of Dosai and Thali Masters in South India.
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