Sri Lanka is blessed with number of Hot Springs. Unfortunately due the the LTTE terrorists most of these springs were not accessible to the normal traveler. All except one was located in unsafe areas. The only safe hot spring was the one at Mahapelessa ( Sooriyawewa ). But with the destruction of the of the LTTE, all these places are now freely accessible to all.
There are about 9 recognized hot springs in the country.
- Trincomalee District
- Rankihiriya ( aka Ulpotha / Gomarankadawala )
- Polonnaruwa District
- Nelum Wewa ( aka Galwewa , Madawawa hot springs)
- Mutugalwela/ Gurukubura in Maduru Oya national park
- Ampara District( see attached PDF file for the Road map for the Springs in Ampara District)
- Wahawa (aka Marangala Springs)
- Kivulegama ( aka Jayanthi Wewa , Emmbilinne )
- Hambanthota District
- Madunagala (aka Mahapelessa, Sooriyawewa)
Gomarankadawala Rangiri Ulpatha Hot Spring (Rankihiriya Ulpatha)
The two wells at Gomarankadawala Hot Spring is also referred to as Rankihiriya Hot Springs, Ulpatha Hot Springs or Ulpotha Hot Springs. These hot water well lies close to the Rangiri Ulpotha Buddhist Ruins.
Kanniya Hot Water Wells at Trincomalee (කන්නියා උනු වතුර ලිං)
Kanniya Hot Water wells has now become a popular attraction for those who visit Trincomalee now that the LTTE Terrorists which controlled this area has been completely wiped out. There are 7 hot springs now converted to bathing wells. The temperature of each is slightly different from each other. It is also believed the water…
Kapurella Hot Spring (කපුරැල්ල උනුදිය උල්පත්)
Kapurella Hot Spring is now considered the warmest spring in the country with temperature recording of 64.5 Celsius. Kapurella Hot Spring lies in a marshy area in the Jungles of Kapurella ( see map below). Access is through uninhabited forest throug elephant country.
Kivulegama Jayanthi Wewa Hot Spring – ජයන්ති වැව උනුදිය උල්පත
Kivulegama Jayanthi Wewa Hot Spring is located along the Pallan Oya Road near Jayanthi Wewa in Ampara District. From the Wadinagala Junction, take the Pallanoya Road which leads to Inginiyagala.
Maduru Oya Mutugalwela / Gurukumbura Hot Springs (මුතුගල්වෙල / ගුරුකුඹුර උනුදිය උල්පත)
According to aborigines in the area, there has been two springs in the area Mutugalwela which had been a guaranteed water supply to this rural village. One spring called kurutiyavinna has been gone under the waters of Kirawanagalkanda reservoir when it was built. The second spring has has been inside the Maduru Oya National Park which is now not accessible to the villagers.
Mahaoya Hot Springs (මහඔය උනු දිය ලිං)
Mahaoya Hot Springs is said to be the hottest spring of all the hot springs on Sri Lanka. Here you will find well maintained 7 wells with different temperatures.
Mahapelessa Madunagala Hot springs (මහපැලැස්ස මදුනාගල උනු දිය ලිං)
Mahapelessa (Madunagala) Hot springs is one of the major tourists attractions in the southern part of the country. Lying in the middle of paddy fields this area was frequented by elephants until about 10 year ago.
Polonnaruwa Nelum Wewa Hot springs (පොලොන්නරුව නෙලුම් වැව උනුදිය උල්පත්)
Polonnaruwa Nelum Wewa Hot springs are latest cluster of hot springs found in Sri Lanka and is the warmest at 61 Centigrade. This is also unique considering that the spring is located inside a irrigation reservoir.
Wahawa Hot Springs (වහව උනුදිය උල්පත්)
Wahawa Hot Springs lies in a rural village off Padiyatalawa. There are 18 springs scattered in the village and the paddy fields. They are built in form of tanks but it seems that only a few that are being used.