Ancient Stone Bridge Mahakandarawa, Anuradhapura
The bridge is 10 feet broad and about 5 ½ feet above the Kanadara oya. Well-preserved stone posts and slabs can still be seen. It is off the 59th mile on the Mihintale-Kahatagasdigiliya road.
- Handbook for the Ceylon Traveller, a Studio Times publication, 1983
North-west of Yala’s coastal strip, 22 miles by a few miles inland, lies the Yala Strict Natural Reserve – 111 square miles between the rivers Menik ganga and Kumbukkan oya. A rocky outcrop runs along its northern rim. Thence Dematagala rises a thousand feet above the plain, Talagurunela eight hundred and Mandala five hundred. The whole range is full of caves where successfully lived Old Stone Age, New Stone Age and modern man. The walls of a lime-wahsed cave still gream bright on Mandagala. It was the cave of the blind mountain queen – the Kanabisogalge. The leopard, the liard and the bear keep her court …
Who was she? Was she king as she was fair? Did Love to her eyes repair to help him in his blindness, and help’d, left her – sightless there?
- The Wild, The Free, The Beautiful by Nihal Fernando, a Studio Times Publication. Words by Robert Silva, 1986