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Uthuwankanda Saradiel's Rock | Hideout of the Sri Lankan Robin Hood

Uthuwankanda rock
Uthuwankanda, also known as Saradiel's rock (Sinhala: උතුවන්කන්ද), is a mountain [430 m (1,410.76 ft. amsl)] located in Mawanella in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka. According to locals, Uthuwankanda was the hideout of Sura Saradiel, a bandit who is popularly known among the people as the Robin Hood of Sri Lanka.

Saradiel
Deekirikevage Saradiel, popularly known as Utuwankande Sura Saradiel (1832-1864) is famous among the locals as a figure who supports the poor and the downtrodden by robbing the British administrators and their native supports (Abeyawardana, 2002). Uthuwankanda Mountain was his hideout and from there he carried out numerous raids. However, Saradiel was captured by Police and taken to the gallows on 7 May 1864.

Presently, the area including the Uthuwankanda rock has been promoted as a destination for cultural tourism by the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council.

Do you know?
#) Who is the first Policeman killed by an accomplice of Saradiel?

Attribution
1) Utuwankanda by Milan.Shashintha is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7.  pp.53-54.

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This page was last updated on 30 July 2023

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