Pahiyangala


UntitledCrew : 11

Transportation : Personal Vehicles (Road condition is good for any vehicle)

Duration : 3 Hours

 

We were already at Kukuleganga when we got to know that Pahiyangala is few kilometers away. So we thought why not to visit the place even though the time was limited. We started our journey from Kukuleganga around 4.30 pm and used two private vehicles to reach the place. The road was good and had nothing to complain about.
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There is a long stone stairway to the cave which starts after the Pahiyangala monastery. At the end of the stairs, there is a old looking “Vihara manditaya” which was build in the last century. It was earlier a small one and had been modified removing its roof and exdending to cover the statue of reclining Lord Buddha. The cave top covers the “Vihara mandiraya” from rain and sun. We Spent sometime there looking the wall paintings (Which were done recently) and took a quick visit to the small cave behind the statue of lord Buddha which was the home for couple hundred bats.

Then we went to the main Cave, which has been the shelter for ancient humans and Dr. Shiran Deraniyagala was the first to discover the burials in 1968 and there are few other Bones discovered later. The Carbon dating indicates that this has been buried within 4,750 to 33,000 years ago. There were few animal skulls discovered, displayed in a side of the cave. One can say there is not much to see in this place, but it is wonderful to see the natural shape and location of the cave and understand why ancient humans select that place. It is said that the famous traveler , Fa-Hsien Monk has been stayed here during his visit to Sri Lanka. The name of the place is also a evolution of the word Fa-Hsien –>Pahiyan

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There is a path to the top of the cave running through the bushes on left side of the cave, but sadly we couldn’t go up there as it was almost 6.30 pm then. They advised us not to go there because of wild boars and reptiles. We came back to our vehicles and headed back to the accommodation, watching the last rays of sun hiding between the leaves of giant trees around Pahiyangala.
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