Batadomba Lena

Batadombalena is a cave system in Kuruwita, a small town in the Sabaragamuwa Province which is a Pleistocene hotspot, and the most important site concerning the Stone Age Balangoda Culture of Sri Lanka. The cave itself is rather small when viewed from outside, cut into a smooth, almost featureless rock-face guarded by a thin curtain of water, both of these lost in the midst of the vast rainforest around them. In fact the entire area draws one’s mind into a state of dream upon arrival.

It is special in that it seemed to have spread across the southwestern regions of the island, specifically through the wet zone. Despite the fact that there are forests and isolated mountains and rocky outcrops nowadays the island was very different during the days of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). It was much dryer even in the forested areas, thus providing much more open landscapes, thus providing an ideal habitat for the hunter-gatherers. The remains at the famed Batadombalena cave site are approximately as old as those of Pahiyangala at their most ancient; these remains were roughly over 30,000 years old and sometimes more, dating back to the Pleistocene.

Project Details

  • Location : Batadombalena
  • Address : Kuruwita
  • Distance : 11 Km From Hotel