Known as the Baron’s cap and Thoppigala for its distinctive shape of a hat, this rocky edged mountain was known as the PiyagalakaAgaliPawatha in an era gone by.
Situated nearly 40 km away from Batticaloa, amidst a thick jungle, Thoppigala had played many a roles in Sri Lankan history. Archeological evidence suggests that the rocky mountain and the surrounding jungle had been the venue of a large monastery built during the Anuradhapura era. Stone inscriptions found atop the mountain details various donations made by King KanishtaThissas to the monastery complex.
According to prominent Archeologist Ven. EllawalaMedhanandaThera, few signs of the monastery were found around Thoppigala during an expedition made in 1983 including the remains of a stupa atop a rock in the mountain. Yet the war, which engulfed the whole of Eastern and Northern Sri Lanka since early 1980s, prevented further archeological investigation, causing loss of another important archeological monument to the country.
During the three decade long war against LTTE terrorists, Thoppigala continued to play an important role in military strategy. It changed hands continuously. Standing 534 meters tall and surrounded by rocky terrain and thick jungle the mountain was an ideal location to wage guerrilla warfare. It was used as a LTTE base camp from which they continuously launched attacks on Sinhalese villages in the surrounding area, ethnically cleansing old villages of its population. The location changed hands between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE continuously until the Sri Lankan Military captured the LTTE camp in Thoppigala in early 2007.
Today a war memorial expands on the land celebrating the Sri Lankan Army’s victory over the LTTE. The memorial celebrates the life of soldiers who were fallen in the battles against LTTE.
The exhibition area features various stages of the war. Photographs, models and display units are showcase the great role played by the Sri Lanka Army during the war against terrorists.
The camp site, once the training ground of the terrorists, today offers an ideal opportunity for nature lovers to enjoy the surrounding jungle and wildlife walking on the paths treed by Holy Arhants, military personnel and terrorists at various stages of Sri Lankan history.
Things To Do : Archeology, Sightseeing and photography
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No: 07, Coconut Board Road, Kalkudah, Passikudah
Email : hotelaccounts1@lsr-Srilanka.com
Tel : 0652050244
Uga Bay Resort & Spa
Coconut Board Road, Kalkudah, Passikudah.
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Tel : 0655671001
Passi Bay Hotel
103, Passikudah Road, Passikudah, Valachchena.
Passi Villas Passikudah
No 12, Land Side, Kalkudah, Passikudah
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0652050284
Anantaya Resort & Spa
Cocount Board Road, Passekudah, Kalkudah
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Tel : 0652233200
Hotel East Lagoon
Munai Lane, Uppodai Lake Road, Sinna Uppodai, Baticaloa
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Tel : 0652229220
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