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Bandaraduwa, one of the adopted homes of Vedda community, who were displaced by the GalOya development project, is a forest reserve rich of bio diversity today.
With the damming of the Gal Oya River in 1950s under the Gal Oya Development Scheme and with the creation of the Senanayake SamudrayamanyVedda settlements like Hennebedda, Gallobe, vanished. Some of them were re-settled in new settlement under the Gal Oya scheme, like Paragahakelle and Wavinna, while the rest opted to seek other pastures like Pollebedda, Bandaraduwa and even in Namal Oya.
Deep in the heart of a dense jungle infested with wild beasts in Bandaraduwa lived in complete seclusion the last son of the famous Tissahamy, the jungle vedda outlaw of Bintenna, immortalized in Dr.Spittel's 'Savage Sanctuary', labelled as a 'fugitive' in the eyes of the law. Tissahamy's daughter Kombi, too lives in Gal Oya, close to her brother, Tikiri’s place of abode in Bandaraduwa.
Today the descendants Tikiri and Kombi lead a life different to their parents, they do not depend on the jungle but are chenna and paddy cultivators and forgotten are their language and many ancient traditions. Their children attend the school nearby and dreams of a future strange to their ancestors.
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