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Private Day Tour: Belilena Cave Expedition Tour from Kithulgala

Private Day Tour: Belilena Cave Expedition Tour from Kithulgala - Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

From USD
$22.00

This tour gives you the chance to see the famous Archeological Reserve, the Belilena Caves. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala ... More info ›

This tour gives you the chance to see the famous Archeological Reserve, the Belilena Caves. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala. Explore the secretive caves, where many fossils and skeletal remains aged over 10,000 years were found. View the archaeological excavation which is famed for the skeletal remains of the ‘Balangoda Man’. Get some awesome photographs to impress your friends.  Learn more about the progression and evolution of mankind through millennia.

SKU: LK60100300

For this tour, you can decide on an expedition time of your choice. However, it is recommended that you opt for select either midmorning or late in the afternoon; keeping in mind that it is a fair hike to get there and the sun won’t be too high during these periods. Wear long pants and closed shoes to avoid getting thorny burns and insect bites. Bringing some salt for the leeches, mosquito repellant, and rain gear would be a good idea too. You will be meeting up with your guide at the Plantation Hotel at the prescribed time.

You will then be hiking through the rough terrain of the jungle, on a narrow trail to reach the caves of importance. The area is a rainforest, with the rough and slippery ground, dense undergrowth and many rare birds and other wildlife; providing lots of photo opportunities. It is also prone to sudden rainfall. You will reach the Belilena caves within an hour. They lie behind a gently cascading waterfall. Reaching them is a slightly difficult climb.

The Belilena Caves are one of the most historic sites of the island. Excavations were done between the years 1978 and 1983 have unearthed the skeletal remains of prehistoric people who lived there for the period between 32,000 to 9,000 years ago, the Balangoda Man. The most famous excavated skeletal remains were dated to be from 16,000 years ago. In addition to the skeletons, other fossilized remains of animals used for food; such as pigs, barking deer, sambhur, monkeys, giant squirrels, and an assortment of reptiles and fish; were also found. There were also fossilized remnants of food plants, commonly used in the diet of these people, found in the caves. However, the most important finds were the geometric microlithic stone tools dating back to 30,000 years, being amongst the earliest in the world; and the rubble foundations dating back 16,000 years; which are the earliest evidence found of substantial structures in South Asia. As such Belilena Caves occupy a very special place in the historic and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

You will be able to see the remains that have been unearthed, along with the excavations. Your guide will tell you about the Balangoda Man, and there will be plaques at prominent places that you can read to learn more. This archaeological reserve is a major find for mankind; and you will be able to see the place, where humankind developed tens of millennia ago, with your own eyes. However, bear in mind that there are unexplored areas and live excavations in some places within the cave network. Therefore, you will have to follow your guide closely for safety. The cave entrance also provides excellent views with great opportunities for excellent photographs.

You will spend an hour at the Belilena Caves, before hiking back. The tour will be completed once you get back to your starting point at the estate. The entire tour will take approximately three hours in total.

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Belilena Cave Cycling Tour from Kithulgala

Belilena Cave Cycling Tour from Kithulgala - Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

From USD
$102.00

This private tour gives you the chance to go on a cycling tour through the pretty rubber estates of Kithulgala and to see the Belilena Caves. Cycle through overgrown rubber plantations ... More info ›

This private tour gives you the chance to go on a cycling tour through the pretty rubber estates of Kithulgala and to see the Belilena Caves. Cycle through overgrown rubber plantations. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala. Explore secretive caves where mankind began. See the archaeological excavation which is famed for the discovery of the ‘Balangoda Man’ skeleton. Make some wonderful memories with your photographs.

SKU: LK60100900

This private tour will begin at the Plantation Hotel where you will be meeting up with your guide at a time of your choice. Early morning or early afternoon periods are recommended, to prevent sunburn during this four-hour tour. Wear long pants and closed shoes to avoid getting thorny burrs and insect bites; as there will be a hike coming up. Bringing some salt for the leeches, mosquito repellant, and rain gear would also be a good idea.

You will be cycling through the rubber plantations until you reach the trailhead near Inoya estate. The surroundings will be rich and lush, and you may see a few rubber trees with pots attached to gather the latex for processing. The latex is gathered by making a diagonal cut into the bark of the rubber tree and tying a pot to the lower end. Once the pot is full of the latex that oozes out. A fresh pot is attached or a new cut made on a different tree if the ooze has dried out. The gathered latex is processed with various chemicals to form natural rubber as it is used today. Hence during your bike ride, you may see some workers gathering the pots or attaching them anew.

Once you reach the trailhead you will be hiking through the rough terrain of the jungle. The rainforest is rough and slippery with dense undergrowth, and many rare birds and other wildlife. It is also prone to sudden rainfall. This is where your rain gear, insect repellent and salt will help you. You will reach the Belilena Caves approximately an hour and a half after you began your tour. The caves lie behind a gently cascading waterfall. Reaching them involves a somewhat difficult climb.

The Belilena Caves are one of the most historic sites of the island. Excavations during the late 20th century unearthed the skeletal remains of the Balangoda Man, who lived there for a period between 32,000 to 9,000 years ago. Other fossils found indicated the type of food that they ate including various animals and plants. Most importantly the geometric microlithic stone tools found which were dated to be 30,000 years old, indicated that the Balangoda Man used these tools well before the prehistoric humans of Europe; which caused a revolution amongst archaeologists of the world.  The rubble foundations which were found to be 16,000 years old; are the earliest evidence found of substantial structures in South Asia. You will be guided through the caved and there will be plaques at prominent places that you can read to learn more. You will also be able to see some of the fossils, structures and skeletal remains. Ensure that you don’t cause any damage or try to explore on your own; as there are still some unknown areas where you can get lost. The views from the cave entrance are excellent and make for some great photos.

After approximately an hour you will be hiking back to the trail head. From there you will be cycling back to Plantation Hotel where your tour began. The tour will be completed once you get there.

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Adventure Day Trip in Kitulgala with White Water Rafting Confidence Jump and lunch

Adventure Day Trip in Kitulgala with White Water Rafting Confidence Jump and lunch - Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

Duration: 6 to 6 hrs
Location: Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

From USD
$219.00

  • Pick up from Colombo hotel and transfer to Kitulgala– Approximately 3hours drive
  • The trek to natural rock pools and waterfalls of kataran-Oya -1.5KM. There are 7 natural pools which are extremely beautiful and a gift of nature where you will be able to experience sliding down an inclined 05 meter water fall with safety gear in to the rock pool, A confidence jump with safety to beautiful natural rock pool and Swimming in the cool and clean waters of the rain forest
  • Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River
  • Enjoy a Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch
  • Transfer back to Colombo – Approximately 3 hours drive

A mere 2 hour drive from Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road, Kitulgala is a Rain Forest patch which attracts many resident and foreign tourists for its natural beauty ... More info ›

  • Pick up from Colombo hotel and transfer to Kitulgala– Approximately 3hours drive
  • The trek to natural rock pools and waterfalls of kataran-Oya -1.5KM. There are 7 natural pools which are extremely beautiful and a gift of nature where you will be able to experience sliding down an inclined 05 meter water fall with safety gear in to the rock pool, A confidence jump with safety to beautiful natural rock pool and Swimming in the cool and clean waters of the rain forest
  • Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River
  • Enjoy a Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch
  • Transfer back to Colombo – Approximately 3 hours drive

A mere 2 hour drive from Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road, Kitulgala is a Rain Forest patch which attracts many resident and foreign tourists for its natural beauty. The Academy Awad-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge Kitulgala is the base for white-water rafting in Sri Lanka but there are myriad of leisure and adventure activities that can be done in Kutulgala.

At Sri Lankan Expeditions, suggests following things to do if you are planning a trip to Kitulgala,

White Water Rafting in Kelani River
Flat Water Rafting for Kids in river branches in Kitulgala
Jungle walks to see beautiful rivers and waterfalls
Mountain biking on the roads or in the forest
River bathing in the shallow branches of the main river in Kitulgala
Visit pre historic Belilena caves in which the 12,000 year old skeletal remains of the prehistoric 'Balangoda man' (Homesepiens Balangodensis) have been found
Visit to remote Waterfalls and streams
Waterfall Jumps and Waterfall Abseiling
Bird Watching
River expeditions
Sri Lankan Rice and curry for lunch and Curd with honey must is highly recommended to experience the local food flavours.

While one night or two nights stay is recommended Kitulgala can be enjoyed in one day also. But staying a night will be a nice experience. A night out in a eco lodge near the river bank in Kitulgala is amazing experience amidst a roaring

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