A virtual tour of Kotte

This page hopes to take you on a virtual tour of the remains of Kotte. 

We start our journey from the entrance to present day Atul Kotte ( which was it’s northern entrance years ago) and proceed along the road to Pita Kotte, visiting the places of historical importance on the way.

Before that we look at the layout of the fortified city of Kotte using an old map of Kotte (from the guide book published by the Ministry of Cultural affairs), and a present day road map. This comparison shows the changes that have taken place in the layout of the city, very specially on the waterways and the marsh land that protected the city.

 


(1) Perakumba Pirivena:
       A well dating to the Kotte period and parts of the ramparts could be found
       inside this historic temple.1
(2) The Palace Road:
       Not much remains of the Palace.
(3) Alakeshwara Road:
       The tombs of the great soldier.
(4) Rampart Road:
        The ramparts and the inner moat.
(5) Angampitiya Road:
       The remains of it’s western defense.
(6) “Ihala Wallauwa”:
        The Kotte Archeological Museum.
(7) Weherakanda:
       The Stupas of Weherakanda.
(8) The South  Entrance:
        Outer moat and the south entrance.
  (9) The Tunnels of Kotte:
        Remains of a tunnel found inside Ananda Sastralaya.
(10) Others:
          The Gal Ambalama, the bell from St’ Thomas’s Church and others.
(11) Map of Kotte – Then and now:
          This page compares a map found in the book ‘Ceylon: The Portuguese Era’
          to the present day maps.