Bodhinagala Bird Sanctuary
This is a secondary lowland rain forest patch in the area of Ingiriya. The entrance to this precious place can be reached by traveling about 3 miles from Ingiriya town and by turning left to Bodhinagala road from Bodhinagala Junction. After traveling couple of miles you have to turn left and you will reach this forest reservation after traveling towards that road. One of the famous “Aranya senasanaya” in the area is here. To find this place is not a difficult task and the direction sign boards are also have being established along the road. The forest reserve consists of two mountains which are surrounded by the villages. Inside the forest there are concreted routes created in favor of the Buddhists monks lived here for the meditations. It seems that the forest is being disturbed by the people who visits the place, even though there are separated visiting hours for them.
After the arrival of British a new road system was established under their reign.In ancient time there were no good roads in Sri Lanka. In this time goods were transported to coastal areas from Sabaragamuwa area by rivers. Kalu River was a major river in this transportation. This ‘Holombuwa’ is situated near Ingiriya area of the Kalu River. After traveling about 2 miles towards Rathnapura road from Ingiriya town you can reach this place. This place was used as an anchoring point for vessels and ferrys transporting goods. This holombuwa is the biggest whirlpool of the place where Nambapana Stream connects with Kalu River. This place has more space and consists of a huge rock pile. Because of this characteristic, the boatsmen used this place as a resting place.
This is a water fall close to Kalutara, in the vicinity of Dodangoda, a town off Galle road at Katukurunda. It is actually situated in the Thudugala village. A very beautiful fall, plunges over several ledges mimicking a vale of a bride. It is about 15m (50ft) height and provides a beautiful bathing location.
Saman Devalaya Ratnapura
Inspired by the Lord Buddhas doctrine, following the Lord Buddhas Dhamma, listening to his holy preachings Saman attained the higher state of Ariya. Later After his demise Saman become a symbol of worship and was acclaimed as God Sumana Saman. His saintly appearance remained a symbol of peace and Compassion. God Sumana Saman was also Connected with non Violence and tranqnitity. He is shown in statues holding a lotus bloom depicting calm peace and serenity.
Rathnapura – Gem mines
A short tour to Gem bearing Ratnapura will teach you the enhancing value of Sri Lankan gems prized by Emperors, Kings, Sultans and Maharajas. Even the Sinbad’s Valley of Gems lay amongst the Sri Lankan hills.
Pareithota is a popular bathing place which is famous among local and foreign tourists and iis identified by the local tourism authorities as an eco-tourism location. During the weekend local and foreign people visit Pareithota for bath. This is very popular for its fresh water and natural pool like existence. This place is very rich in natural beauty and it is a huge port in the Nambapana stream, which is a part of the Kalu River. As the surrounding environment is very beautiful, the number of visitors coming to bathe in this place is very high. The small ports and waterfalls in the small stream situated near Parethota area adds a nice beauty to this place.
Pahiyangala (Fa-Hien) Caves
Pahiyangala Caves lie in Yatagampitiya, a remote village about five km away from Bulathsinhala (40km along Piliyandala-Horana road), in the Kalutara District. Excavations have proved that these caves were inhabited by prehistoric cave men some 37,000 years ago. This cave is supposed to be the largest natural rock in Asia and this is also known to be the oldest pre-historic human settlement in Asia.
Nachchimale (නාච්චිමලේ) is the most famous area of Ingiriya. You can reach here by traveling about 1 mile towards padukka from Ingiriya town. You must turn left to the Keenagahawila road from Maha Ingiriya Junction. After travelling about 1 and half miles towards that road, you will reach there after passing the Madakada Aranya Senasana Road. The Nachchimale port is a part of the Nambapana Lake. Beautiful waterfalls, stone holes filled with clear water are a common scene. Thousands of foreigners and local visitors come to visit Nachchimale to bathe and have fun. Though we must be happy of the visitors coming here, there is a sad side also. This area contains the most environmental pollution of Ingiriya. As the visitor number increases, the harm done to the natural environment is also been increasing day by day. Its a common scene that there are lots of bottles and polythene been thrown here and there. This has been a major problem to the environment and the residents. Time to time many organizations including Ingiriya Police Station do shramadana programs to clean this area.
Kura Uda Waterfall
When traveling 3 miles from Ingiriya town towards Handapangoda you must turn right from the Kotigala junction and will meet this place about one and half miles. This waterfall is situated in the middle area of the small stream starting from Giranchi Mountain in the Forest Reservation. Though this place was not so famous in the past, recently the amount of visitors has been increasing. The Government Forest Reservation which this waterfall is situated is rich in rare wet zone plants and herbal plants. Many birds and animals inheritable to this area lives here.
Hora Forest Reservation
Situated at Kirigala area. When traveling towards Handapangoda from Ingiriya town about 6miles you can reach this environmental sensitive area. It is said that this Hora Reservation owns the largest number of Hora trees in South Asia. It is a very beautiful place. Apart from that, it has many rare plants also in this reservation.
Bodhinagala Aranya Senasanaya
Bodhinagala Aranya Senasanaya can be reached by traveling about 3 miles from Ingiriya town and have to turn left from bodhinagalaa road. After traveling about one and half miles you will reach this place. The Dombagaskanda Forest Reservation where this place is situated was named in 1955. This beautiful place is on a claim and natural environment. In South East of this beautiful forest area, flows the Kalu River and that slope area is rich in herbal plants and southern wet zone plants inheritable to this area. There are about 20-25 monks meditating in the caves situated here and there in this Aranya Senasana. The meditative monks come out from the caves only when they eat and then they go back to the caves in the forest. This area is very calm and high in security. Many foreigners and local visitors come to visit this Aranya Senasana.
Athwelthota Kabaragoi Ella Falls is another small but a graceful waterfall lying in the Athwelthota area. Kabaragoya means water monitor thus the name of this waterfall can be interpreted as the fall of the water monitor. The reason for the name is unknown but it can be safely assume that that this areas might have had a dense population of water monitors in the past. The waterfall is best seen during the rainy season and is a popular bathing location. This waterfall is situated about 1/2 km off the Ahas Bokkuwa bridge which is a arch bridge built in the early 1900′s.
Bird watching and wild life experience
Nearly four hundred species of birds, indigenous and migratory such as the Common Tailor bird,Parrot,Hornbill,Green Pigeon,Common Mynah,Babbler,Red Vented Bulbul,King Fisher,White Pigeon,Shikra. All these exotic birds live in the nearby forest allowing the bird watchers and photographers to catch their every movement.
Madakada Aranya Senasanaya
You can reach here by traveling about 1 mile towards Padukka from Ingiriya town. You must turn left to the Keenagahawila road from Maha Ingiriya Junction. After travelling about 1 and half miles towards that road, you will reach there. The history of this Monastery goes back to 1940 and there were over 100 meditative monks living here at that time. The new Monastery was built by Rev. Ranwala Saddhatissa thero in 1948. At the ancient time this area was a forest area with caves and then after arrival of the Saddahtissa thero for his meditations, this area became a forest monastery. “Madakada Aranya” is one of the premier “Vipassana” meditation centers in the country. It also has branches in places such as Navinna, Salgala and few other places in the country. Contribution of this center for religious well-being of Sri Lankan’s as well as for foreigners are invaluable. Presently there are about 16 resident bhanthes and 7 resident laymen practicing “Vipassana” meditation at any given time. As it is our Buddhist way of life they have been well looked after by devotees in their day-to-day needs.