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Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya

  Province Uva
  District Badulla
  Nearest Town Hali Ela
  Period 1st century BC
  Ruler King Walagambau

Introduction

Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya is most famous for its Wooden Bridge of the Kandyan Era. This bridge is built over the Gallanda Oya river which is a tributory of Mahaweli River and is only surviving bridge of such nature of this Era. 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..

Wooden Bridge

Built in 16th century, this 400 years old bridge is belived to be the oldest surviving wooden bridge in the world. The bridge is made of wood, and even the nails used are wooden. It is built across Gallanda Oya (stream) and spans 50ft in length, 6ft high and 8 feet high. Next to the bridge is the Bogoda temple, a Buddhist temple which is said to date back to 1st century BC. It is said to have been built by a father-son pair