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Bogoda Cave

  Province Uva
  District Badulla
  Nearest Town Hali Ela
  Period 103 BC, 89-77 BC
  Ruler King Walagamba

The Bogoda Cave is thought to have been used by the Sri Lankan King Walagamba as one of his many hide-outs from the invading South Indians.& nbsp; It is considered to be part of a complex ‘tunnel network’ of other hide-outs such as the Narangala mountain cave, Dowa rock temple at Bandarawela and Rawana Ella cave in Ella.& nbsp; However this story cannot be proved because at present, the cave only leads about 15m into the tunnel through a narrow passage.

History

This bridge is thought to be lying on one of the ancient pilgrims paths from Kandy Kindom to the Uva province where there is a large number of important Buddhist shrines such as Muthiyanganaya. Another unique feature of the bridge is that this bridge comes with a roof clad in flat tiles of the Kandyan Period. The reason for this is unknown but it is thought that the bridge would havde been serving as Ambalama in additon to the main function. Just at the bridge is a ancient cave temple with the image house buit using a natural rock cave. This date back to the time of King Vattagamini Abaya (better known as King Walagamba) in the 1st century BC but the current building belongs to the Kandyan Era. On the far side of the building is a flight of steps which leads to a large rock cave. King Walagamba is though to have been using this cave during time he was hiding from a Indian Invasion in Capital Anuradhapura. On a side of the cave is is a damp tunnel. This is said to be a secret tunnel buit by the king to as a escape route. This tunnel is said to be connecting to the tunnel at Dowa Raja Maha Viharaya which lies on the main Badulla - Bandarawela Road. and the Rawana Raja maha Viharaya close to the Ravana Ella . The tunnel is caved in today and is taken over by Bats.