Category: Culture & Heritage

The name “Hambantota” was derived from the sinhala words “Hamban” and “Thota”. The former which was used to describe a certain variety of sailing craft and the latter which means the “port”. So “Hambantota” really was the” port for Hambans”.The town associated with this port as well as the administrative region round it came to […]

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Bandagiriya forms the highest point in Hambantota District. Located at its summit is the ancient Bandagiriya Vihara (temple). In Dathuwamsa, one of the ancient chronicles of Sri Lankan history, it is mentioned that this temple was built by King Kawantissa in the 2nd century BC. The name is also mentioned in ancient graffiti discovered at […]

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