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Waulpane Cave

  Province Sabaragamuwa
  District Ratnapura
  Nearest Town Godakawela
  Period Unknown
  Ruler Unknown

Waulpane Cave is situated in Waulpane village.The feature of this cave is that this is owned by more than 100 bats and very dark.You better wear Canvas shoes as the cave is very slippery.To reach Waulpane,you must go via the Ratnapura to Ambilipitiya road between Godakawela and Pallebedda junctions.There is a road to the right side which leads to Kumburugamuwa.From the main road,you need to travel about 13km on a mountainous narrow road. Waulpane Cave is situated in Waulpane village.The feature of this cave is that this is owned by more than 100 bats and very dark.You better wear Canvas shoes as the cave is very slippery.To reach Waulpane,you must go via the Ratnapura to Ambilipitiya road between Godakawela and Pallebedda junctions.There is a road to the right side which leads to Kumburugamuwa.From the main road,you need to travel about 13km on a mountainous narrow road.

History

The Waulpane Cave (aka 'Cave of Bats') is renowned for its many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites (approx. 500 million years old) as well as the hundreds of thousands of bats that live there! It is an isolated cavern set against the eastern slopes of the Rakwana mountain range, located about a 1 ½ hr drive from Pallebedda. Once entering the cave, you descend approx. 300 metres underground to discover this prehistoric world of ancient fossils in the cavern walls, a stream that runs through the cave and a beautiful waterfall located in the centre. As well as the many bats, watch out for the water monitors, various amphibians and fascinating luminous fish.