Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of Indian wildlife in their natural habitat

Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of…

South Asia’s most teeming nation is a veritable fusion of attractive places, lush landscapes and an ancient culture steeped in history and rituals. Architectural masterpieces of historic dynasties dot various states. India’s rich heritage together with its flourishing bio diversity showcases the beauty of the country. The city of Hyderabad offe…
Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along t…

Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of…

Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in M…

  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

Medical Tourism – Dental Care …

The Thai island of Koh Samui might have garnered a reputation for its idyllic beaches and pristine oceans, but it is also gaining popularity for another feature that is quite unique; medical tourism! Offering reasonably priced and international standard medical care, Koh Samui and such coastal areas as Bohput are also known for their high standards…
Family Travel to Philippines

Family Travel to Philippines…

The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

Pahiyangala (Fa-Hien) Caves – Home to the oldest man in Asia.

One and a half hours from Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, you will find Kalutara. Hotels dotting the coastline will instantly tell you, this is a growing resort town. Like many other towns in the area the main attraction here is the long stretch of palm fringed beach. However Kalutara has many other hidden, as well as not so hidden, gems to be discovered. The Kalu Ganga, which translates to Black River, flows through the town and out into the sea. Sitting on the peninsular where the river and sea meet is the AVANI Kalutara Resort, a pleasing match between contemporary and traditional.

Also in the Kalutara District is the remote village of Yatagampitiya. This is where you will find the famous Pahiyangala caves. The caves got their name from a Chinese Buddhist priest ‘Fa- Hsien’ who visited during the 5th century. Excavations have unearthed signs of life from a pre-historic time. This is the oldest human settlement to have been discovered in Asia. The actual rock that has formed the caves is believed to be the largest natural rock in Asia, its tunnels and large covered spaces could have provided shelter for close to three thousand people. The mouth of the cave is one hundred and seventy feet high and more than two hundred feet long. In later years the cave was converted into a Buddhist temple by a priest by the name of Ven. Porogama Thera.

The findings of the Archaeological Department include five human skulls, which underwent carbon dating in the United States and have been confirmed as thirty seven thousand years old. The human remains indicate the ‘Pahiyangala Man’ had a short vertebral structure, large jaw bones, wide palette and big grinding teeth. There were also a number of stone weapons found that were used for hunting.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.


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