When touring Tangalle, one is bound to come across the feudal chieftain’s castle popularly referred to as Wasala Walauwa. Possessing fascinating pieces of history in every nook and cranny, the estate is found in close proximity to many Tangalle hotels. The premises can be visited when one chooses a Sri Lanka beach resort in the likes of Ranna212 to be based at during one’s holiday out on the southern coastal belt of the country.
The ruins of this expansive abode are on view for those who seek adventure at every turn. The mansion which served as a residence for the Jayawardena family was built by Harry Jayawardena during the initial stages of the 20th century. Te family which was known for their administrative contribution towards the country during the times of the British, visitors have the opportunity to uncover its secrets that have long been forgotten, much like most of the premises itself. Surrounded by enormous coconut trees and even more alluring gate columns that are at the entrance, Wasala Walauwa is simply a story waiting to be told and a history lesson well worth the wait. Throughout the past century, the mansion has been used for numerous purposes but remains a historic sight, here in Tangalle. From the ‘Dandu Kanda’ which was used to chain offenders to the store rooms that housed ammunition for the guns and muskets of old, the Wasala Waluwa proudly projects itself as a tourist hotspot that must be explored should one be in its vicinity.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.