Kithulgala


Attractions and Activities
1. White Water Rafting
2. Beli Lean Cave
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai Site
4. Sandun Ella


Kithugala white water rafting

Rafting or white water rafting is a tough recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers.Sri Lanka’s most popular place for white water rafting is Kitulgala on the picturesque Kelani River. Kitulgala white water rafting is just 30 minutes from The Tea Cottage Resort. Arrangements are made to see to the safety at a nominal fee, through our associate partners.


Beli Lena - Kithulgala

Significance: A diverse range of cultural, faunal and human remains along with the oldest stone tools in the world

Beli Lena cave at Kithulgala was excavated and researched between the years 1978-1983 by the Sri Lankan archaeological department. The cultural deposits at the site after 25 radiometric tests were determined to be from 30,000 – 9000 years before the present day. A diverse range of cultural, faunal and human remains were excavated. Amongst the things discovered were some geometric microlithic stone tools which at 30,000 years are among the oldest found in the world, to date. There are also some bone tools and evidence of fire being used from 30,000 years ago.


Balangoda Man

Beli Lena Cave at Kitulgala was scientifically excavated and researched between the years 1978 and 1983 by the Archeological Department of Sri Lanka. Twenty five radiometric tests dated the cultural deposits to 30,000–9,000 years before present. A rich assemblage of cultural, faunal and human remains were excavated. These included geometric microlithic stone tools which, at 30,000 years old, are among the earliest in the world; and bone tools and evidence of the use of fire from 30,000 years ago onwards. The site yielded numerous remains of animals that had been used for food such as sambhur, pig, barking deer, monkeys, porcupines, giant squirrels and an assortment of reptiles and fish. The smaller mammals and aquatic and tree snails were prominent in the diet of Balangoda man, as were food plants such as wild breadfruit and canarium (Kekuna) nuts. An exchange network in salt from coastal lagoons some 80 km away had also been established by 30,000 years ago. Rubble foundations dated to 16,000 years before present constitute the earliest evidence of substantial structures in South Asia.

The skeletal parts of several humans were found in the 16,000 years old level. These have been intensively analysed by an international team of Anthropologists. They are invaluable for understanding of the physical anthropology of Balangoda man. Beli Lena occupies a very special place in the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. It awaits further investigations by future generations of Sri Lankan archeologists with progressively sharp analytical skills. As such, the site has been declared Archeological Reserve of the Archeological Department under the Antiquities Ordinance.



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