Leafless tree. Mahawali River, Parakrama Samudrya can be seen in west. The Prince Mutaseewa (son of King Pandukabhaya) (මුටසීව කුමාරයා) has born at Dimbulagala cave and later became the King of Anuradhapura. At the time of Pollonnaruwa kingdom (The time of King Wijayabahu I) Dimbulagala has become a Buddhist educational center. Most of the fresh produce offered at meal times comes from the same grounds where there is also an orchard with more than 40 species of indigenou s fruit trees including rarer delights such as Gal Siyambala, Ugurassa, Sapodilla and Lovi. Nobody knows the exact reason for this name. Vernacular Name: Sinhala: Gal siyambala; Eng: dialium, velvet tamarind; India: kallu pullium. Gaduguda also has two varieties, the common one which is bitter sweet and a smaller fruit known as ‘beheth’ or medical Gaduguda though it is not used for any known medicinal properties but purely due to its ultra bitterness. One place in the middle part of the rock facing to south west / south direction called Mara Weediya. I started the journey in the early morning with two of my colleagues and two of our staff members (One of them arranged everything for the tour-Thanks for him). Trees & Shrubs Observed at Wilpattu National Park ( Names based on “A Field Guide to the Common Trees and Shrubs of Sri Lanka by Mark S. Ashton, Savitri Gunatilleke, Neela de Zoysa, M.D.Dassanayake, Nimal Gunatilleke and Siril Wijesundara, and Common wayside trees of Sri Lanka by H.D.Ratnayake & … Never did sourness taste so sweet as when one took a bite of the pungent fruit and savoured its fullsome flesh with relish. Other one is doing meditation (Widarhsana Dhooraya) විදර්ශනා ධූරය. Heading to Herbal ponds and Mara Weediya. Total number. Growing in a tree that has so much goodness, gal siyambala must be like little yummy pills of goodness that you don’t really complain about popping. “Nil Diya Pokuna” (නිල්දිය පොකුණ)-picture taken 2 years back. Dilmah Conservation’s One Earth Urban Arboretum houses 500 different types of flora. Dimbulagala new temple is the main tourist attraction now. Some of the fruit were promptly chewed, sucked and eaten, the balance went into the pockets to be reached for during class sessions. Kithalagama Seelalankara Thero (කිතලගම සීලාලoකාර හිමි) who was shot dead on August 08, 1995 by L.T.T.E. Beautifully painted statues inside the image house. Should appreciate the work of archeology officers for preserving and maintaining this site. Designed & Developed by BT Options, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), First Doubletree by Hilton resort opens in WeeraWila, SERENDIB GRAND TO CELEBRATE SPECIAL MOMENTS. Your email address will not be published. King Dewanmpiyathissa (දේවානම්පියතිස්ස රජතුමා) was the son of King Mutaseewa. Six people gathered for this journey and we started it around 9.30am following our breakfast. It was a popular place among Buddhist world. We decided to conquer Dimbulagala peak from Millana side. Ancient Dimbulagala temple was situated at Namal Pokuna area. But watch out for tiny creepy-crawlies inside. Most of the fresh produce offered at meal times comes from the same grounds where there is also an orchard with more than 40 species of indigenous fruit trees including rarer delights such as Gal Siyambala, Ugurassa, Sapodilla and Lovi. Leafless tree. Current refreshment of Dimbulagala temple was initiated due to Ven. According to the ancient story, on a rainy day God Kataragama (Skanda Kumara) had met his future wife Walli Amma at this place near a tamarind of Trees. This tree is said to be a offshoot of the original tamarind tree which has stopped growing after few years. The wood is heavy and resilient and is often used in the construction of houses in villages. Stone inscription found at Mara Weediya. Knuckles mountain range can be seen beyond this. It is low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals and fibre and contains anti oxidants and doctors strongly recommend it. During the months of August-November, this pebble-like tropical fruit is sold in small roadside shacks or at weekend pola (fair). View from B…When I was travelling in Pollonnaruwa-Batticalo road, View from C. Taken on Kottaragala කොට්ටාරගල, View from D. Millana Lake (මිල්ලාන වැව) in front of the rock range, Heading to Herbal ponds and Mara Weediya (මාරාවීදිය). Two Buddhist priests from Dimbulagala temple also joined with us and another villager also came. There are no reviews yet. The highest point of Sinhagala-But it is not a good view point due to surrounding trees. Appendix 1: Most common tree species in home gardens in Sri Lanka. Giant lake of Rajarata-Parakrama Samudrya is shown by the arrow, The pathway from Dimbulagala Temple to Akasa Chaithya. If Gal Siyambala is considered as a fast food, nibble on the run, then Gaduguda becomes the dish served à la carte, to be eaten with a touch of class. Ven. Heading to the peak of Dimbulagala-Sinhagala (සිoහ ගල) The tree, which can rise to thirty metres in height, grows in many diverse areas and is found in Gampaha, Hanwella, Horana, Avissawella to name but a few areas close to Colombo and in these areas it is also found in home gardens. Walking back with a nostalgic bent to the old college by the sea, I can still remember the old ‘cart man’, who had the monopoly of the school’s interval trade, doing brisk business with his newspaper cones of Gal Siyambalas. It can, not only be gobbled raw in a hurry, but it can also be canned in sugar syrup or used to prepare candy or wine. King Dewanmpiyathissa has built temples all over the island for priests and he offered Dimbulagala cave to priests. The great King Parakramabahu (මහා පරාක්ර මබාහු රජතුමා) has divided priests of Dimbulagala into two groups. Refer Trip Report –. Devotees believe that God … Unfortunately lines are not overlapping. Total climb was about 3-4kms and after 2hours we reached a point which is somewhat lower than the highest point. Then we walked towards another higher point of the rock range closer to the Ahas Maligaya called “Tower Kanda” (ටවර් කන්ද)-because of a telecommunication tower which is no longer functions. Forum Rules | Updates << Back to Daleys Fruit Tree Forum. Foot pathway and steps on the rock can be traced nicely. Gal siyambala is such a treat to your tongue. It is said that one tree fruits in 10 years or so. “Dimbul” (දිඹුල්) means wood apple. It’s small in size and has a soft velvety brown-black skin. We wouldn’t discuss about this place if he didn’t arrive there. These Buddha statues can be seen in Dalada Madura. Typical dry zone forest. Family. You can see seven Dewala here. Required fields are marked * The fruits grow in bunches and sprout directly from the bark of the tree. Steps on the rock. (A.C1203). Common in this area and would be full in another 2-3 months. Therefore the report about Dimbulagala is not completed without mention it. Now they have placed an iron fence there for safety. Dimbulagala was an international Buddhist center during Pollonnaruwa era. The wood, brownish red in colour, is used for native building purposes and its pinnate leaves are used as fodder. Discuss with the chief priest of Namal Pokuna temple. There are combined caves with drip ledges situated at Mara Weediya. There was a paint in Mara Weediya showing sun and moon. Then we climbed down to the route we came and went to Akasa Chaithya. This indicates “Mara Parajaya” මාර පරාජය. Select the products you want to inquire. It’s a taste that takes me back to school, to the days of the satchel and pencil, of books and leaky pens, and to the welcome interval breaks which provided the mercy of Gal Siyambalas that made it possible to bear the studious drone of a teacher’s continuous prattle about History’s chaps and Geography’s maps; and made me realise life’s little pod of sour delight came packaged in nature’s velvet casing. We followed the one to Herbal ponds and Mara Weediya. Nowadays a lot of ruins can be seen at this area. GAL SIYAMBALA. Nelli Nelli is a perfect round ball. 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