Speleologists’ special; Cave Exploration Tour

Background Story
Speleology or Caving is one of the less known tourist activities in the context of Sri Lankan Tourism. According to the available documents from the archeologists and researchers most of the caves in Sri Lanka are lasting from the pre historic period. Some of them are dating back to 500 million years and in some of those caves, skeletal remains of pre historic man have been found. The Wavulpone Cave is one of the famous caves, because of its formation from lime and thousands of bats that inhabit in. When the ancient kings were ruling the country, they used caves to escape from invaders. There are thousands of manmade caves in and around the historical sites in the North Central Province which the ancient kings used. Most of the caves were decorated with paintings called frescos and they offered the caves to the monks when they returned to their palaces. Nowadays most of those caves are converted into Buddhist Temples or hermitages. Going back to the pre historic period will be a unique experience during your holiday in Sri Lanka. Let it be 14 days tour or a shorter tour of 3 days, still you will be able to visit and explore one of those caves during your stay. With a little bit of adventurous journey, most of the caves are accessible and some of them could be easily accessed. If you are a keen speleologist, a round tour including all of these could be arranged and the number of caves depends on your duration of the stay.

THE JOURNEY

Day 1 : Airport - Colombo

Upon your arrival our team will welcome you at the Katunayake International Airport and transferred to your Hotel in Colombo for over night stay. Depending your flight time, you can walk in the vicinity to familiar with the climate, people and the culture. Over night stay in Colombo.

Day 2 : Colombo - Kitulgala

After breakfast leave for Kitulgala to start our first cave exploration in our 9 days tour. Upon reaching Kithulagala, we will check in at Kitulgala Rest House which located in the banks of famed Kelani River. Enjoy the lunch at kithulgala Rest House. Before lunch you will have the option of engaging in a thrilling adventure activity, White Water Rafting which is available only in Kithulgala. After a short rest, we will go to visit Beli Lena Cave.Back to Kitulgala Rest House and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at Kithulgala Rest House.

Day 3 : Kitulgala-Kuruvita

After breakfast proceed in Kuruvita & visit Batatotalena Cave.According to the Buddhist LegentBatatotalena cave is considered as the places by which Lord Buddha spent the day after placing the foot print at Adam’s Peak. This is also known as Diva Guhawa. Back to the main road and proceed to Rathnapura. Check in at your hotel in Rathnapura for dinner and over night stay.

Day 04 : Kuruvita - Bandarawela

After breakfast proceed in Udagama & visit Andirilena Caves which is located in Udugama, Balangoda.Thereafter leave for Balangoda& visit the Saint Jeyalani cave & mosque. Proceed to Bandarawela after visiting those two caves in Balangoda. Check in at your hotel in Bandarawela for dinner and over night stay.

Day 5 : Bandarawela - Ella

After breakfast at your hotel in Bandarawela, we will first visit Stripura Caves in Welimada. It is believed that King Rawana used this caves to hide Princess Sita. After visiting Stripura caves, proceed to Hali-Ela and visit Bogoda Cave, in which King WalagamBahu used this caves when he was hiding from the invaders from South India. Once you finish your visit to Bogoda Caves, procee to Ella via Dowa Rock Temple; a few kilometers away from Bandarawela. Check in at your hotel in Ella for dinner and over night stay.

Day 6 : Ella - Udawalawe

Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel in Ella and proceed to Tissamaharama after the breakfast. We will stop at Rawana Caves which lies few kilometers away from your hotel. This is also a cave in which Princess Sita has been hidden by Kind Rawana of Sri Lanka. Proceed to Udawalawe upon finishing the visit to Rawana Caves in Ella. Go for a Safari Drive at Udawalawe National Park before check in at your hotel in Udawalawe. In the evening you are free to relax in your hotel before dinner and over night stay.

Day 7 : Udawalawe – Rathnapura

After breakfast, leave for Wavulpone Cave in Pallebedda. As name suggest this limestone cave is a home to thousands of Bats (Meaning of “Wavul” is Bat). Proceed to Rakawana and visit Pannila Calcareous Cave before your proceed to Rathnapura. Pannila caves are estimated to be more than 500 million years old and it is a home for a variety of wildlife. Leave for Rathnapura and check in at your hotel for dinner and over night stay.

Day 08 : Rathnapura –Negombo

After breakfast leave for Bulathsinhala.Visit the Pahiyangala Cave which is situated 400 ft. aboveground level overlooking a mountain range. A recent excavations have found a Skelton of a women who lived more than 12000 years ago. Proceed to Negombo after Pahiangala Cave visit. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. Get ready for the departure on following day. Enjoy the farewell dinner and over night stay at your hotel in Negombo.

Day 09 : Negombo - Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect with the departure flight.

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