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If you are interested in discovering about noble families in the history of Sri Lanka, Maduwanwela Walawwa is a place which you must visit in your life. Maduwanwela Walawwa was the official residence of Maduwanwela family. It was built by “Maduwanwela Maha Disawe” after facing a strange experience at that place (when he went on hunting one day he has seen a rabbit was chased by a fox. But all of a sudden, the rabbit has started chasing the fox. Supposing that it was a victorious place, he has built his mansion at the same location.)
But the most popular owner of this mansion was Wickramasinghe Wijesundara Ekanayake Abeykoon Mudiyanse Ralahamilage Sir James Williams Maduwanwela who was known as Maduwanwela Disawe, even among British rulers. Sir Francis Molamure became the owner of this mansion after the inherits of Maduwanwela family. Construction work of this huge mansion was started in 1700 and was completed in 1905. This place consisted of 121 rooms and 21 central gardens during its glorious era, though 43 rooms and 7 central gardens only remains at present.
When you enter this great mansion, you will find that it has very low door frames at each entrance. So when the British Agents visit this place, they had to bow their heads to enter this house which meant to honour the Disawe.
Once you enter this place you will be able to see several significant places. One of this mansion’s central gardens has been beautified by tiles (taken from breaking Dutch plates). At one end of this garden, there is a tile of Queen Victoria placed on floor, which is supposed to be treaded unknowingly. According to the archaeologists, there has been a secret upper floor (attic) which enables some one to move over each room secretly. Most of the rooms of the mansion have many similar characteristics, though they differ from each other by fewer aspects
The water management system of the mansion has been based on a special well (Kumbuke Linda) which releases water with a high pressure.
If you need to visit this mansion with historical value, firstly you will have to get to Pelmadulla, from Rathnapura. Then get to Madampe junction, which leads you to Rakwana. Then get to Sooriyakanda to Kolonna Maduwanwela. It is a place really worth visiting as it depicts a grand picture about the nobles in our history.
විජේසේකර මුදියන්සේලාගේ මඩුවන්වෙල දිසාවේ නම් මහා ක`ඵ සිංහලයා වාසය කළ මේ මහ මන්දිරය අධිරාජ්යවාදීන් හමුවේත් රට ගැන හැ`ගීමකින් ඔවුන්ටම වැඩ කළ අභීත ලාංකිකයකුගේ සුඛිත මුදිත ජීවිතය පිළිබඳ අපට සාධක සපයන මධ්යස්ථානයකි. ඇඹිලිපිටියේ පිහිටි මඩුවන්වෙල වලව්ව ඔබ එක්වරක් හෝ යා යුතුම ස්ථානයකි. ඒ ගමනේදී මෙවැනිම අභීත නායකයකු ලෙස අපේ මතකයේ සිටින පනාමුරේ ඇත් රාජා සිහි කරවන පනාමුරේ ඇත්ගාලද නෙතට හසු කර ගන්න අමතක නොකරන්න.