Kurunegala Sri lanka
This ancient capital which lasted just 50 years is the current capital of North Western Province and is located some 94 kilometers away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Near this great city here is a huge black rock resembling the shape of an Elephant hence the town is termed Athugalpura meaning “The Town of Elephant like Rock”. In 13th century AD King Buwanekabahu ruled the country from here and it was called Yapahuwa Kingdom.
The Ancient Yapahuwa Fortress is still there and stands tall amidst the dense trees in 300 feet high rock. There is a Lion statue in this fortress which is the most remarkable of them all. An ornamental staircase leads to the ancient palace. Even though much of the ancient remains had been consumed by the sands of time still there are some valuable monuments in the remains of ancient palace complex. Nearby to this location in the outskirts of Wariyapola, there is the Ancient Cave Temple of Kebellana. There are many paintings which are priceless in this temple and it is believed to be devoted to a God named Suniyam. Kurunegala Clock Tower is another important place in this city limits.