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Ampara | Govinda Hela of Siyambalanduwa

Govinda Hela of Siyambalanduwa

Standing five hundred meter tall over the rivers, tanks, bunds and elephant infested jungles Govinda hela was once the unreachable fortress of King Buwanakabahu of 6 century AC, the rulers of Eastern Digamadulla when the tyrant Invading King Kalinga Maga was ruling the ancient Rajarata, the kingdom  of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.  

The mountain re-discovered by Colonial British was named Westminster Abbey, a poor comparison and tribute to this majestic creation of nature. The trek along the footpath begins from the Sri Buvanekabahu Viharaya at Siyambalanduwa; about 300 km from Colombo, in the Moneragala district and the incumbent priest of the temple is a gracious host, assisting the dire needs of the climbers in times of trouble.

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