‚Kaludiya Pokuna‘ means ‚dark water pond‘. There are at least two very lovely places in Sri Lanka called Kaludiya Pokuna, one in Mihintale near Anuradhapura and one in a bird sanctuary of the same name, which is located just to the east of Lake Kandalama and one more about 10 km south of Sigiriya. The latter is the one we are talking about here. Kaludiya Pokuna, also known as Kalupokuna, is more than the namegiving pond. Actually, it’s an archaeological site of an ancient monatic complex, which was erected in the Anuradhapura period. Remnants of a stupa and a chapter house with massive columns can be seen in the sanctuary and also some ancient caves. Kaludiya Pokuna is famous for rock and slab inscriptions which can still be seen in situ. They are important sources for historians. For today’s visitors, the main attraction of Kaludiya Pokuna is its „ruins in the jungles“ feeling. This is a real picturebook heritage site. The jungle atmosphere is breathtaking. As mentioned, the area known for its variety of dryzone and also highland bird species is a nature reserve, too. It’s also well-known for the biodiversity of butterflies. Though not far away from the famous Kandalama Heritance hotel and in excursion distance from Sigiriya and Dambulla, Kaludiya Pokuna is still not crowded with tourists but a silent place, very charming. If you are looking for an impression of the authentic ancient Sinhalese civilization ans have enough time left in the Sigiriya area, don’t miss Kaludiya Pokuna.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka