If you want to gain a first-hand impression of one of Sri Lanka’s most typical religious traditions, namely the life of reclusive Buddhist monks, Salgala is the place to visit. No mass tourism will ever touch this silent place, which is located halfway between the river valleys of Maha Oya (Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage) and Kelani Ganga (Kitulgala). Salgala is an ancient forest hermitage which was revived in the 20th century. Several of the picturesquely situated caves are inhabited by forest monks again. They invite respectful and silent visitors to walk around in the delightful jungle area, but access is permitted only before noon. Salgala is believed to have been the hiding place of the famous King Walagambha (Vattagamani Abhaya) during his several years in exile from Anuradhapura. Though there are many cave temples claiming to be one of this places inhabited by Walagambha, Salgala is considered to be a top candidate.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka