Walapane history goes back to old as 5000 years. During the emperor of Ravana Walapane used as an agricultural hub for the kingdom. There is a sight in Harasbedda village of Walapane used as King Ravana’s dairy farm. According to Ramayana “Nāga Gothra” a racial group lived in Ravana Era took the body of Ravana to the Walapane jungles. At Walapane jungles “Ragala” Nāga’s tried to save his life using herbs, failed to give him life. Afterwards his body mummified and kept in a mountain cave. The place is yet to discover as locals or visitors reluctant to visit the place due to inhabited deadly snakes.
Harasbedda area is believed to be one site that king Rawana landed his Air-craft; the ‘Dandumonaraya’ (in about 2500 A.D.). The Ragala rock(peak), in the Darapanahela range is said to be named after king Rawana. (Rawana + aa+ gala = the rock Rawana used to come). Queen Seetha-devi is said to be have been kept hidden in this area. (by King RAWANA, in appx. 2500 A.D., as according to the Legendary Indian Epic Ramayana). Queen Seetha is said to have gone to the Manawela falls to bathe, (which is a few kilo-meters away from Sthree-pura), through a cave-way. Later, a provincial king named Manabarana is said to have used the Kurundu Oya water fall, to bathe with his harem.
Early years of Kandyan kingdom (“Rata Wasama” ) Walapane was under “Sagama Tungama”. King Vimaladharmasuriya I, who ruled Sri Lanka from 1590 to 1604 also known as Konappu Bandara took measure to improve agriculture in Walapane.
During the Kandyan Kingdom, the Division of Walapane controlled by “Walapane Disawa” who represented the King of the Kandy. Peacock was the symbol of the Walapane Disawa. The flag with peacock represented Walapane also named “Mayura Maha Kodiya”. This flag also could be seen in “Gangarama” Temple in Kandy. There have been other flags of the Walapane Disawa, featuring the peacock.
Uva Wellassa rebellion – 1817 -1818
Governor Brownrigg issued a Proclamation on 01.01.1818 that seventeen local representatives were engaged in promoting rebellion and war against His Majesty’s Forces, and that they were “Rebels, Outlaws and Enemies to the British.” Their lands and properties were to be confiscated by the Crown. Among them representing Walapane Kiwulegedera Mohottala of Walapane, Yalagomme Mohotalla of Walapane, Udamadure Mohottala of Walapane and Dullewe Disawa of Walapane were punished.