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Ratnapura | Maduwanwela Walawwa

Maduwanwela Walawwa

It once housed a proud family, which servedthe Kandyan Kingdom and its King faithfully and endowed villages numbering 18 and 80,000 acres of land for their service and their last descendant was a personality that defined an era.

Today the family and its descendants are no more but still stand their legendary home, the Maduwanwela Walauwa stands tall in the middle one of families estates. Although it had been reduced to almost half of its original size the mansion still impresses the visitors with its unique blend of Kandyan, Indian and Western styles of architecture and its size and layout.

Situated in Kolonne, a sleepy and a picturesquevillage cradled between Embilipitiya and Suriyawewa, the mansion was first built by WijesundaraEkanayake in the 18 th Century. This earliest ancestor of the property was a favourite of the then Kandyan ruler, King Wimaladarmasooriya II and has received a present of 54,000 acres of land for gifting the King with a beautiful snow white deer lived in the nearby forests of Maduwanwela while King Rajasingha II had added almost 30,000 acres for capturing an evading Dutch prisoner.

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