kaludiya Pokuna, Sigiriya

4.5
Kaludiya Pokuna Archeological Forest Site, is a forest with archeological remains in Kandalama, in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka.EtymologyThe place got its name from a pond that had dark water at ancient times.Archeological remainsThe site was initially settled in the 2nd century BC. The remains in the site include inscriptions, residences and a monastery.Species diversityKaludiya Pokuna is also rich with numerous biodiversity, both flora and fauna. The forest is home for many endemic and non-endemic species of flora and fauna, that prevail much more secure than other forests in Sri Lanka.Site is surrounded by farmland and human settlements from the north, east, and west but is undisturbed by humans and the primates are not provisioned. There is no evidence to indicate that hunting, timber extraction, or woodcutting have occurred at the site.Forest is composed of many endemic and highly valuable trees and shrubs. The majority of flora are in the family Euphorbiaceae. Plants like Hydnocarpus venenata, Mischodon zeylanicus, Lepisanthes senegalensis, Grewia rothii, Ficus microcarpa, Mussaenda frondosa, Drypetes sepiaria, Mallotus eriocarpus, Manilkara hexandra, Dimocarpus longan, and Tetrameles nudiflora are abundant. Plants of family Ebenaceae, such as Diospyros ebenum, Diospyros malabarica, Diospyros oocarpa, and Diospyros ovalifolia, which has large timber value, are enormous without any human conflict. Make kaludiya Pokuna a centerpiece of your Sigiriya vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sigiriya tour itinerary maker tool .
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  • One of my favourite sites in Sigiriya. Took a tuk tuk from our homestay a 15/20 min journey the final part over a bumpy road leading to a broken bridge where we parted ways from our driver. Its a few....  more »
  • Archeological site of a 2 century BCE Buddhist settlement. Makes up for a nice peaceful and quiet 10-20 min stroll in the jungle and between the ruins. Would recommend getting a guide or local person....  more »
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