Most guidebooks do not mention Rufus Kulam, though this attraction 30 km north of Arugam Bay is well worth visiting for 2 reasons. First of all, it’s certainly one of the most beautiful lakes in Sri Lanka, as it is dotted with rocks along the banks of the creeks and forming islets within the lake. Furthermore, Rufus Kulam is a wildlife adventure. Mugger crocodiles live in the lake. Observing elephants and buffalos and deer is easy in the late afternoon, because bordering the upstream side of the lake is a wide grassland visitd by animals from the surrounding Kanchikudi jungle, which is the largest forest of Sri Lanka without national park status. Thereby, wildlife experiences are possible in Rufus Kulam without expensive tickets and jeep hiring and even without ranger. But for your own safety, you should stay away from the grass plain, on a rock in some distance and should be accompanied by an experienced local guide.
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Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka