Panduwasnuwara is considered being one of the Interesting historical places in Sri Lanka for local. This historical site, which dates back to 12th century, is being visited by foreigners who are coming for holiday in Sri Lanka. It is one of the interesting places in Sri Lanka located in the ancient city of Kurunegala which functioned as the capital of Sri Lanka for a very brief period. King Parakramabahu who ruled the country from Polonnaruwa, set up his temporary capital in this city during the 12th century.
Panduwasnuwara cannot be described as a leading tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, though it is given very prominent place among the destinations worth visit by the local people, while it is a temple, where tooth relic was deposited in the island. Tooth relic was housed in a temple in Panduwasnuwara for short period of time as it was brought from Southern India by King Parakramabahu..
The archeological site of Panduwasnuwara is spreading over 20 hectares. Most historical monuments are to be found within the 20 hectares. Still, only a portion of the archeological site is excavated and considerable part of the archeological is yet to be excavated. The first thing that is visible upon entering the site is the six-meter wide moat and the huge wall of the citadel. Panduwasnuwara predominantly had been a Buddhist city and was consisting of large number of religious constructions such as Dagobas, chapter houses, image house, meditation halls, bath ponds, accommodation quarters and many other buildings.
The most important monument in the city had been undoubtedly the tooth relic temple. today it is restored and located outside the wall of the fort. Its original foundation can still be seen, although the elaborately designed roof was restored around the 1970s.
Even though the temple is one of the most important features of the ancient city, the highlight Is the round shaped palace situated inside the circular moat. It is believed to have had several story during its heyday and is still a sight to behold. Many legends have been woven around this palace and about the people who said to have lived there. Some believe that it imprisoned a princess, the then king’s daughter, who had to be shielded from the eyes of men.
It was said that if she married and bore a son, he would kill his seven uncles and ascend the throne. Another story said that the palace housed the king’s wives and that there once was a secret tunnel between this palace and the king’s palace, which ran right underneath the moat. Although these are some of the many stories built around the palace, no one knows for sure who built or who lived in the palace.
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