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Kaludiya Pokuna is a forest with archaeological remains in Kandalama. It is a beautiful place which is ideal for a nature trek and to see ancient ruins which lie inside the forest. This site will immensely excite birdwatchers with about 120 species of birds. Those who love peace and tranquility will be thrilled entering this calm place.
You can take your vehicle to the edge of the forest and then continue your journey on foot, following footpaths. The forest is home to many endemic and non-endemic species of flora and fauna, and as you move deeper into the forest, you can feel a strange calmness.
You will also see a 1200 year old dagaba, along with a collection of strange, striking rocks extending out of the earth, and there is a cave nearby which carries an inscription of medieval text, thought to have been written to mark the presence of treasure.
Although located near well-known Dambulla hotels, Kaludiya Pokuna is still not crowded with tourists hence a very charming place. If you are looking for an impact of the ancient Sinhalese civilization you should not miss Kaludiya Pokuna.