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Just 400 meters away is the Dodanduwa harbour with its own historical importance since it was an ancient sea gateway. Shailabimbarama temple is in the vicinity with its massive Buddha statue made of granite which is said to have been brought from India. This place claims further recognition as owning the first Buddhist English School; Piyarathana Vidyalaya, in the island. Looms on a nearby hillock Kumarakanda Viharaya temple, a repository of learning that preserves hand written documents of scholars of yore. Hence the area is just steeped in history. 12km to the south is the Dutch-built Gale Fort, which is a world heritage site, and also the scenic Galle Harbour spreads out in marine glory. A holy place for Christians, Calvery Church, Hiniduma and Kanneliya Forest Reserve are 50km away.

 


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