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“Great ancient Walawwa”

Maduwanwela Walawwa
Reviewed 9 April 2014

This is a massive walawwa which used to had about 100+ rooms (now they only have the preserved ones), route to get there is off 20km from the main road , but totally worth visiting if yours history lover
walawwa shows details of time when British ruled lanka , the wood that is used to build this place is magnificent some thicken about 2ft.these places are slow fading away …better to see them before collapse to the ground

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Reviewed 22 March 2014

The Walauwa (feudal/colonial manor house) was built in the 1700s during the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka. It lies on part of the 82,000 acre estate donated to the clan by two Sinhalese kings.

The ancestral abode has been home to 6 generations of the Maduwanwela family. James William Maduwanwela Maha Disawa (Black Prince of Sabaragamuwa), born in 1844 added 121 rooms, 21 inner compounds, security walls, and a complete court house by 1905. Maduwanwela Disawe was even bestowed the title of Sir James William!

The unique and amusing feature of the walauwa is that all the door frames are less than two meters high, forcing the average foreign official to bend their head in deference when entering the house. Paved floors laid out in mosaic bought over from the Netherlands has the face of Queen Victoria, and is one of the ways in which the Disawe rebelled against his colonial masters!

The staircase and doorways are made with tamarind, jack and satinwood. A photograph with a flash will capture the rich colour of the wood.

From Suriyakanda, it took approx 30-45min in a tuk tuk. Entrance is free. We had to remove our shoes when entering the house. Open until 5pm.

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Reviewed 28 November 2014
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