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Journey to the Forgotten Kingdom

Prehistoric Human Settlements: Forgotten Ruined City:  
Elephants & Local People  
Duration: 9 hours

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This fascinating half-day excursion will take you from Ahaspokuna to the Udawalawe National Park, famous for its Elephants. Interestingly, you will Safari in the northern part of the park that has barely any visitors. You will observe the wildlife in the hunting and gathering grounds of prehistoric people, explore some historical sites dating back to 103 BC surrounded by the most  breathtaking scenery and interact with real local people.  .     


Wake up to  an early morning tea or coffee, served in your tent at 5:30 am and then follow your guide on  an easy downhill walk to the main road where a 4wd jeep will be waiting for you.  As the morning sun rises around 6 am, you will head off to the Udawalawe National Park, which is an interesting 40 min drive through a village track. .

On the way, you will pay a visit to Kamal who makes his living from making curd from his own domesticated buffaloes. During the short visit to his humble home, your host will reveal the secrets of the curd making process and provide us with a couple of pots that we will enjoy for dessert at lunchtime.

Within about 10 minutes from Kamal’s we will reach the entrance to the Udawalwe National Park which is completely cut off by a river from the busy southern section of the park. Although it is a relatively smaller area, we will have its exclusive use and enjoy plenty of wildlife too.

IMG 20171128 WA0005This part of the park is very  intriguing.   You will certainly be mesmerized as you discover the early settlement of the prehistoric “Balangoda Man” who lived 40,000 years ago and of course the ruins of the forgotten Kingdom of 103 BC. As much as we will see the ruins, visiting the prehistoric settlement is a full day adventure on foot if one dares to explore further.  Read More. 

With so much adventure all morning, it will now be time for you to stretch yourself and enjoy  a picnic breakfast set against  the beautiful surroundings of the Walawe river. In fact, you may want to take a little stroll along the river bank, under the giant Kumbuk trees, while our staff sets up the meal. This river is very famous for the precious gems that have been found hidden in the sand and just recently, a local tourist found a gem worth Rs8.5 million on the river bank!

After breakfast, your safari in the Udawalawe National Park will continue, and you will have an opportunity to spot more of its abundant wildlife and the various species of birds.


As we exit the park around 10.30 am it will be time to experience some local wonders. To start with, you will discover a traditional way of communication that is still in use in this part of the world, despite all the high tech technology you left behind in the city.

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Then, you will be taken to  Handagiriya, where the ancient Intermediate Kingdom of King Walagamba is believed to have been situated. The Forgotten Kingdom commands its place into a very brief, but important period of our 2,500 years long history. This is one of the places where King Walagambahu settled during his 14 years of gathering and preparing an Army to recapture his own Anuradhapura Kingdom from the invaders. [103 BC to 89 BC]    Read More.

Following an enthralling exploration of the site and ruins of Handagiriya it will be  time for lunch. Today, your lunch is an authentic country meal prepared and presented by locals. Other than for some of our own clients, they have very little exposure to  foreigners.  Hence, you will have to excuse their shyness although they could really spice up your lunch with local favourites. Apart from the few locals who will be around, you will be in serene surroundings except perhaps  for Kamal's buffalo’s!

Your adventure with diverse experiences and unforgettable memories will come to an end at 1400 hrs at which time your drive back to the camp through the village tracks will begin.





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A H A S - P O K U N A   

In the Sinhalese language (spoken in Sri Lanka), “Ahas” means “Sky” and “Pokuna” means “Pond” or “Pool”. Ahaspokuna is so named in reference to the lake here, high up in the hills, that is only fed by rain water. A former settlement that sprung up on its shores was subsequently also named “Ahaspokuna”. Today, the jungle tide has washed over where people once lived and the camp provides a wilderness retreat for those in search of something different.
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