Maha Kappina Walawwa

Maha Kappina Walawwa
Maha Kappina Walawwa (Sinhala: මහ කප්පින වලව්ව, මහ කප්පින වලව්ව සීමාමාලක විහාරය) was a manor house located in Welitara in Galle District, Sri Lanka. Presently, a Buddhist temple named Maha Kappina Walawwa Seema Malaka Viharaya has been established at the site.

This manor house was constructed in 1878 by Gunaratna Rajapakse (Abeyawardana, 2004). Thenceforth it provided shade for several dignitaries in the area until it disappeared from the landscape in the 2000s. Presently, the premises where the Walawwa stood is owned by Saddharmavamsa Maha Nikaya of the Amarapura sect (Abeyawardana, 2004). A model house similar to the original Walawwa has been built at the site recently.

The Walawwa appeared in several movies including the Gamperaliya (1963) directed by Dr. Lester James Peiris.

Was a protected monument?
Maha Kappina Walawwa situated in Welitara village in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Balapitiya was an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 9 April 1999.

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1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.11. 
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1075. 9 April 1999.

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This page was last updated on 15 August 2022

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