Fa Hien Caves
Remnants of a Prehistoric Civilisations
This particular cave is a rather interesting natural attraction that explains a bit of Sri Lanka’s pre-historic civilisation, along with some more recent history. These caves are believed to have been inhabited by the Chinese travelling monk Fa Hien when he arrived in Sri Lanka. Although it has been documented to be his abode, there is more evidence of the cave being the abode of the pre-historic man, namely from the Pleistocene era going back more than 30,000 years. Many fossilised remains have been found that belong to both, human and floral species. In addition to that, there is also evidence to show the technology that was adopted as well, along with evidence that showcases a society as well.
Hidden Amidst Lush Greenery
The current cave is a treasure trove as it displays all the pre-historic remains to the public. Moreover, reaching the cave takes you through the wilderness of the southern coast, and allows you to witness a different side of Kalutara, one in which the coast is really not the main features, but its greenery. Until today the cave is still being excavated for evidence that justifies the travelling monk’s habitation, as well as the pre-historic societies that lived in and around the cave.