Mayasha Holiday Cottage, Sithulpawwa Road
Set in open scrubland, lies a private country cottage, which can accommodate a maximum of 6 persons. Mayasha has two double bedroom, one open style, with a living room, a bathroom and a separate roofless shower cubicle. The cottage has running water, electricity, fans, TV, refrigerator and gas cooker.
Our resident cook/caretaker will cater to all your needs.
The daily charge for renting this cottage is Rs 6000 (approximately $48) per day inclusive of bed & breakfast only for a maximum of 6 persons. Sheets and towels are available on request.
Jeep transport to Yala can also be arranged through Mayasha. Tissamaharama - 3 kms away - ancient capital of the Kingdom of Ruhuna (3rd century B.C.). The large artificial Tissa Wewa lake also dates from that time. Legend has it that the Buddha visited Tissamaharama on a visit to Sri Lanka. The legend goes that sacred tooth and forehead bone relics are enshrined in the dagoba.
Kirinda – 4 kms away – where Queen Viharamaha Devi (mother of King Dutugemunu (161 B.C.) is said to have landed after being set adrift on the sea from Kelaniya (near Colombo). A rock temple marks the site of her landing. The sea here is home to many species of fish including angel fish, rays, porpoises, gray sharks, whales and dolphins. Bundala – 10 kms away is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds. It is home to many elephants too.
Kataragama – 20 kms away – The Kiri Vehera venerated by Buddhists is believed to have been built or renovated around 1st century BC. The Maha Devale or Maha Kovil is dedicated to Skanda-Murugan known amongst the Sinhalese as Kataragamadevio. Behind the Devala is a large Bo tree that tradition holds as sprung from the sapling of the original Bo tree in Anuradhapura.
Sithulpawwa – 27 kms away. Here lies a rock temple, believed to have been built by King Kavantissa with a history of over 2200 years. It once housed 12,000 monks.
We are located in Uddakandara 250 kms south of Colombo. It is one km from the Yoda Kandiya junction on the Sithulpawwa Road. Turn left down a small lane just before the Japan Road – the Uddakandara historic temple lies further ahead.
It is just half an hours drive away to the Yala office (from Kirinda Road) or 15 minutes drive away from the side entrance up the Sithulpawwa Road (Bambawa entrance).
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This page was last updated: 04 June 2013