The Highway Museum Complex in Kiribathkumbura is one of the most charming attractions that you can visit in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. It is a place that must not be missed if you are travelling with children! You will be able to catch a glimpse of the charming wonders of the times past as you visit this iconic attraction.
The museum, which is maintained by the Road Development Authority in Sri Lanka, was established back in the year 1989 by the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa. Here you will find an incredibly interesting collection of steam rollers, a scarifier, weighing scales and tar boilers. A visit to this place will fill you with admiration for the workmanship and originality of the people of a bygone era. None of the high tech equipment that we use in the modern day was available back then to construct roads. But with the simple tools that were available, engineers and construction workers of yesteryear created marvellous roads that are still being used today.
Here at the Highway Museum Complex you will find a steam roller which is believed to have been used at the beginning of the 19th century. A weighing scale which was used to weigh firewood can also be seen onsite. A steam roller which runs on oil is yet another interesting artefact which is on display here. Some of the equipment and tools that are exhibited here are over 175 years old.
It will be quite easy for you to visit this interesting attraction when you are travelling in the island with Green Holiday Centre. Entrance is free and as the museum is situated in an open space alongside the A1 Highway there are no time limits for visiting the site too.