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Belilena Caves

During excavations, the archaeologist unearthed the 16,000-year-old skeletal remains of the prehistoric Balangoda man (Homesepiens Balangodensis). The Balangoda Man is claimed to have possessed big skulls, prominent supraorbital ridges, depressed nose, heavy jaws, short neck, and huge teeth.

Other artifacts discovered in these caverns include ancient tools dating back to 28,000 years ago. Several oyster shells consumed by aborigines were discovered while digging a specific region. Because of the large number of oyster shells discovered here, the cave was dubbed Belilena.

Limestones cover the walls of the main cave and the three adjacent caves. Belilena’s land area is around 8 acres in size.

Thousands of bats appear to be mindlessly fluttering about the wet, chilly, and murky depths of Belilena Cave.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Kitulgala Whitewater Rafting (8km)


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- Yes
  • International Chain Hotels- No
  • Boutique Hotels- Yes
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- No
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- Yes
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 90km (travel time: 3hrs)
  • Colombo City- 103km (travel time: 3hrs 10min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 167km (travel time: 4hrs 40min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 206km (travel time: 5hrs 10min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 215km (travel time: 5hrs 40min)
  • Kandy City- 62km (travel time: 2hrs 20min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 184km (travel time: 4hrs 10min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • Year round

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