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Getambe Thotupola or Gannoru Thotupola was one of the main river ports to and from Kandy city on the Mahaweli River.  Legends attribute the name Getambe to mango tree with unripe fruit (Geta-Amba) near the port. King Wimaladarmasurya II held an Upasampada (ordination) ceremony here with monks invited from Rakkhanga Deshaya. The port, however, became obsolete when the British rulers built the Peradeniya Bridge here.

Diya Kepeema (water-cutting ceremony) of the Kandy Esala Perahera is held at this site, near the New Gannoruwa Bridge at the Bo tree mar ...

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Getambe Thotupola or Gannoru Thotupola was one of the main river ports to and from Kandy city on the Mahaweli River.  Legends attribute the name Getambe to mango tree with unripe fruit (Geta-Amba) near the port. King Wimaladarmasurya II held an Upasampada (ordination) ceremony here with monks invited from Rakkhanga Deshaya. The port, however, became obsolete when the British rulers built the Peradeniya Bridge here.

Diya Kepeema (water-cutting ceremony) of the Kandy Esala Perahera is held at this site, near the New Gannoruwa Bridge at the Bo tree marking the beginning of William Gopallawa Mawatha. The tree, known as Rajasinghe Bodhiya, is believed to have been planted by King Rajasinghe II to commemorate victory from the Gannoruwa Battle.

The Portuguese who invaded the Kanda Udarata (Kandy) Kingdom suffered a colossal defeat here in 1638, and Diego de Melo, the Portuguese General, was also killed in the battle.


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