The North Western Province of Sri Lanka, inherited to several ancient kingdoms, is an area with full of archeological things, legends, and folklores. The village Weuda of this area adds another splendid story to the history of the North Western.
Weuda in Mawathagama electorate is an ancient rural town. It is said that Weuda also was a town with the features that we can see in a town like a Police Station, Shops and a Rest House.
Even today there is the evidence of that the graphite taken from the mines in Maduragoda had been brought to the Malliyagoda junction to transport to Colombo. The name Weuda has been formed with combination of two words "Wewa" and "Uda". Some ruins and folk tales reveal us that there was a Wewa(lake) in an ancient time.
Sri Vidyathilaka Piriwena, in front of the Weuda Central College is still called as Wekanda Viharaya by the elders. The dam of the lake which was above of the path, runs towards Bandaragala from Malliyagoda Junction had been spread far about 2km. After excavating it to develop the road today it remains a small part. Even today the stone pillar which used to tighten the canoes can be seen safely near the Deiyangoda rock land. An oar made by the wood of Kithul was found in a well in Udamarakada area is also a special factor to prove that there was a lake (Wewa).
Weuda is not a small village. It is a large cluster village. All names of villages have been formed with the names related to Wewa. It is also a strong factor that there was lake.
Uda Mankada of Wewa (upper part of the bathing place) is called "Udamarakada". Lower part of the bathing place is called "Pallemarakada". The Vila (spring) below Wewa is called Yativilla. It is believed that this Wewa(lake) is situated between Weuda and Dodamthalawa mountain ranges.
Though there is no any certain place called Weuda. There are many villages in it. Some of them are Wadiyagoda, Waraddana,Wathuyaya, Pallegama, Ganegama, Hettipola, Pallemarakada,Udamarakada, Siyabalangamuwa and Boyagoda.
The story created about the God of Wewa is also a delightful story. The people of this area have faith in this God of Wewa, Prince who was born in the Flower of Dunuke. A Dewala, built for the sake of god can be seen here even today.
At that time while coming a chieftain of the village who lived in Pettiyagoda and his group pluking a Dunuke flower blossomed in a bush of Dunuke in the named Dunukewatta in Mawatagama,an another group tried to take it defending all around. That place is called as Watareka. The place which blossomed the flower is called Malandeniya.
While the prince who was looked after by the chieftain was going for hunting with his companion "Kawisi",met a deer. Then while they were running after it, the deer jumped into the lake. They swam and came out near Deiyangoda rock land. It is proved that by legend today also it is called as Deiyangoda. Some said that the foot prints of that deer which vanished on that place can be seen on that rock even today. All the people of that era believe that this god is the chief of this Dodamwela Dewala.
The range of mountains in Weuda is also very attractive and valuable. Here there are some sacred places related to the history of Anuradhapura. Among them Kandehena Viharaya connected with the King Buddhadasa and Yahanlena comprised with stone beds are very special.
There is evidence that the road lies from Kandy runs along with this range of mountains. It is mentioned that some legends tell us the king of upper country (Udarata Raja) had watched the beauty of this lake lying on this stone bed. Exept this changing an old cave that had ancient devala to a forest dwelling monastery some monks are living here taking care of the people in this area. Eyewitnesses say that when erecting this monastery, ancient coins have been found in that place.
Many rare medicinal herbs have been identified among the trees and bushes of these mountains.
"Ira Raja", "Sanda Raja", "Kuda Hedaya" , "Maha Hedaya" , "Garunda Raja" and "Gammalu" are some of them. The abundance of tree "Hora" can be seen there. Very rare trees like "Kaluwara"(ebony) also can be seen here and there. The tree "Maha Wewal" also can be seen there. The herb "Dummala" commonly can be seen. There are two watching rocks (Baloongals) on the top of the mountain. When we climb it we are able to see far distances.