Sin: දිඹුලාගල dimbulāgala

‘Wood-apple Rock’  [Gunner’s Quoin, Gunner;s Rock] Rock/Observation Point, NCP  Sri Lanka

From Sin: diwul/dimbul, ‘wood apple’ [Pali: udumbara]; and gala, ‘stone, rock, rocky place’.

The name for this rock formation in British colonial times was ‘Gunner’s Quoin’. ‘Quoin’ refers to a wedge used with  firearms to hold them up or keep them steady- a shape that describes the block of rock here perfectly.

Both Pali texts and the modern Sinhala name suggest that the wood-apple tree  [Limonia acidissima, also ‘elephant-apple’] grew here. 

There has been a Buddhistc monastery here since the 12thC (now restored) and it has also been occupied by Veddas from the earliest times.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.

 

Dimbulagala hills across the lake        Bdamita