The Wawulpana Hunugal Cave is a great ecological heritage of nature and a biodiversity-ecosystem. The site is home to more than one million bats, including seven endemic bats. The inner waterfall in the cave gives us a very unique experience. It is located in the Kolonna Divisional Secretariat of the Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province. You can reach this place after traveling about 10 km on the Bulutota road, turning from the Pallebedda Thunthota junction on the Ratnapura – Embilipitiya road. It can also be reached by turning from Buluthota Junction to Pallebedda on the Suriyakanda – Kolonna road.
Any vehicle you ride can travel up to Wawulpana village. From there you will have to walk through a tree shade, in a gentle ecosystem. After traveling about a kilometer, one can reach the limestone cave.
The limestone cave is a cave system consisting of more than 10 sub-cave sites. The boulder flows into the cave through its entrance. The stream enters the cave and flows 500 meters through the tunnel and emerges through the cave’s exit.
The interior of this bats cave is very dark. No light falls. It has therefore been discovered that there are more than one million bats inhabiting it. Seven species of bats are endemic to Sri Lanka. Bats leave the cave around 6 pm and return to the cave in the morning.
If you walk into this cave you should bring a good lighting medium. Upon entering the cave, the cave is about 40 – 50 feet high. There are several sub caves in different directions. The cave is a unique structure made of limestone.
There are thousands of bats in every direction of the torch. Upon receiving the light, the bats that are disturbed fly in the cave. The sun and sunset in the cave make for a beautiful view. Anyone who reaches this is usually fortunate enough to see several rare sightings.
Also, if you plan to walk into the cave, be sure to bring a separate suit and hat. With hundreds of thousands of bats popping up over your head, you’ll have to rinse off as soon as you pull the trigger.
Also, a large number of rats and collars live in this cave. You only meet them if you walk into the cave. Very rare elephants can be seen in this area. The boulders in the cave become slippery due to the mixing of the bats’ bodies and water. So after a very difficult journey, you will be able to walk through the cave to the exit of the cave. If it is difficult to travel through the cave, you will be able to get back out and enter the cave again.
There is another rare sight to see as you walk into this cave. It is an inner waterfall that is more than 30 feet high in the cave which is very rare in Sri Lanka. A stream that enters through the tunnel in the other direction into the cave, falls from a height of 30 feet and creates a beautiful interior waterfall. The waterfall falls equally well throughout the year. The photos in the waterfall are unmistakable because they are not included in the album.
Upon returning to the cave, you can reach the exit of the cave through a forest that is surrounded by tree-lined trees leading to a very high sky. After going through a gorgeous natural ecosystem with huge trees, you can make your way to this exit.
The stream called Vaulpana Dola enters the cave through the entrance and is fed by the water collected from the inner waterfall and flows through the exit. After entering the cave through the waterfall through this exit, you can reach the foot of the aforementioned inner waterfall.
If you walk into the cave, you must wake up to your sounds and walk back to the cave to avoid being attacked by bats.
There is also something called an animal fossil by the locals near the exit of the cave. Upon closer inspection of the cave, it is discovered that it is a fossil. Somehow the evidence found near the cave and the observation that the fossil may have been thousands of years old. There are also fossilized fossils found along the stone walls beyond. You will see thousands of years of historical information and evidence while observing this area.
You will also see marble rocks that grow or decay in the vicinity of these stone walls.
Moving from this place to the other side of the mountain in the cave, we can see the Kiwal fountain. More than 10 inches of water emanating from the ground is remarkable. Residents of the area say that the water of the fountain flows all the time of the year to the same extent without any decrease