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Udawatte Kale


Udawatte Kale
Above the Dalada Maligawa lies one of Kandy's hidden treasures; seldom visited Udavattekale was the 'Forbidden Forest of the Kings of Kandy'. The forest is still a primeval forest, as it had been preserved in that state by the Sinhalese Kings as a 'Tahansi Kale' a sequestered forest from which all civilians were barred on pain of execution not even firewood was allowed to be collected. The forest today is only a fraction of its former size now just over 200 acres, but still boasts trees of its former glory such as Talipot trees, cinnamon, olive, rattan cane, betel, bo-trees, kitul palms, jak, mara, betel nut and areca nut access is obtained behind Trinity College High School.
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