Kurullangala pre-historic cave paintings are believed to be 5000 years old. Some says this is one of the sites where king Ravana (Rawana) used to hide his war ships from his enemies. The path to the site is a 3 Km adventure climb in the rock face which has around 80 degrees of an angle [challenging] and the paintings are located at 1135 m (about 3800 ft) above the mean sea level. Kurullangala has inherited its name due to a couple of mysterious birds stay at the top of the rock. According to the villagers, there are only 2 birds which has a mysterious shape and appeared to be making a sound similar to that of Black Eagles. During the the past hundreds of years these creatures never increased or decreased by their numbers. They are believed to be the protectors of the site and one will experience their existence once he/she enters the upper region of the rock face. If you looking for a real adrenaline rush, you should definitely plan for a Kurullangala pre-historic cave paintings exploration, a 360 degree of adventure excitement for the lifetime.
How to reach the Kurullangala
If you are coming from Colombo, you can take either of the following routes. The easiest (2nd Option) would be to come to Wallawaya via Rathnapura and Udawalawa since you can omit the central country mountains. The route goes through the dam of Uadawalawa wildlife reserve. So if you are lucky enough you might sight few early bird elephants in between the sanctuary entrance and the dam.
1). Colombo-> Avissawella -> Ratnapura -> Balangoda -> Bandarawela -> Kumbalwela Junction -> Ella -> Karandagolla and return on same route.
2). Colombo-> Kadawatha-> Kottawa ( via Col-Mathara High-way) -> Avissawella-> Pelmadulla-> Udawalawe-> Thanamalwila-> Wellawaya-> Karandagolla-> Rakkiththakanda Temple->Kurullangala-> back to Wellawaya.
We have used our private vehicles to reach the destination via the 2nd option. The journey took around 4 hours. After having a light diet, we have met Mr. Meththananda ( our local contact and the area expert) at Rakkiththakanda Temple entrance.
Preparing the climbing gear and whatnot’s
Kurullangala Pre-Historic Cave Paintings site is challenging and need some climbing equipment and rope techniques in order to safely explore the area. Even most of the hikers climbing up by using natural tree roots and nylon ropes, It is not advice to use these items since the angle of the rock face is somewhat 70-80 degrees vertical in most of the places.
We have used the following gears as a safety measure and always encourage you to do a proper research and analyze the rock and the route before attempting the rock.
1 dynamic rope
4 screw carabinars
1 rope acender
2 figure of eight belay devices
The route towards Kurullangala starts about 200 meters before to the Rakkithhtagala temple entrance. So if you are at the entrance , you have to come back alone the main road. As soon as you enter the route you will find a typical Sri Lankan dry zone rain forest with full of greenery and rocks. There are enough of water supplies during this part of the jungle ( even you will find a water line alone with your route towards the mountain.
After walking around 45 minutes you will find a dried water way which might be the path where all the rain water goes into the Uma Oya. There you can see the water supply line and do refill your bottles. This is the final place where you find water.
After few minutes , the path goes towards the rock and you have to climb the way up through the dried waterfall. Most of the places you will have to jump from one rock to another in order to conquer the lower levels of the climb.
The lower level of the mountain will be end once you come to the place were you will have to use your climbing gear 1st time. This is a 90 degree vertical rock face with around 50 feet of height. Someone from your team has to climb up and fix the rope for others in order to pass this challenge.
After around 3 hours of a steep climbing, you will come to a area where the whole surroundings will create a formation of a huge yellowish granite wall and you are climbing up through this wall using a very tiny opening of the same rock. Then you should realize that you are very close to the destination. The sounds of the mysterious birds are very clear now. They will go few rounds and welcome you.
Kurullangala Pre-Historic Cave Paintings ( Only Few..)
Kurullangala Pre-Historic Cave Paintings consists of drawings of huge birds, peacocks, humans and some unidentifiable rock arts which some believe to be over 5000 years old. The paintings were done by using some red/maroon color chemical formation which is a mystery until now.
These cave arts has been spread over a large area of the yellowish rock surface and some drawings are drawn so high up on rock which are almost impossible to reach without any aid.
Due to exposing to the rain and other natural phenomenons over thousands of years, most of the drawings has faded by now. In some area the painted layer of rock seems to have broken away at some time in the past. Following are few captures of the remaining s.
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