Vedda Paintings inside the cave at Malwariyakema Monastic Ruins inside the Yala : යාල තුල සැඟවුණු මල්වාරියකෙම නටබුන්

Archaeological Ruins of Kottadamuhela in Yala National Park (යාල කොටාදැමූහෙළ පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්)

Kottadamuhela is one of the many rocky outcrops in Yala with ruins of the ancient Rununu kingdom in the pre christian era. This site consists of two ruined stupas on the peaks and number of caves with dripledges with Brahmi inscriptions. These inscriptions have been dated to 2nd century BCE.

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A 1890 sketch of the Mandagala Range of Rocks

Archaeological Ruins of Mandagala in Yala National Park (යාල මණ්ඩාගල පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්)

Mandagala is one of the many rocky outcrops in Yala with ruins of the ancient Rununu kingdom in the pre christian era. Very few from relevant authorities have visited these rocky hill-tops packed with caves with ancient ledge inscriptions. These inscriptions have been dated from 2nd century BCE to 4th century CE.

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A cave of Hulan Nuge Tharulengala Rajamaha Viharaya

Archaeological Ruins of Lunuatugalge in Yala National Park (යාල ලුණුඅටුගල්ගේ පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්)

Lunuatugalge is a massive cave 5 km south of Thalaguruhela Monastery ruins. This fabulous rock, rising 400 feet in a gentle arc sheltering one of the most beautiful caves in Sri Lanka. It is approximately 200 feet long and as much as 30 feet broad in places, and had evidently housed many families in ancient times.

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Padikema Waterhole and the Pathanangala Rock

Padikema Pathanangala Ruins in Yala National Park (යාල පඩිකෙම පතනන්ගල නටබුන්)

Above the rock water-hole called Padikema has on its sloping, upper western face an artificial arrangement of boulders and stone blocks, now much displaced, forming three sides of a rectangle, the fourth side being formed by the natural row of summit boulders beneath which were constructed, in pre-Christian times, several caves.

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Modaragala in Yala National Park

Archaeological Ruins of Silavakanda in Yala National Park (යාල සීලවකන්ද පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්)

Almost all the rocky outcrops in this jungle are dotted with ruins of Buddhist monasteries. Silavakanda is the name given to a series of rock-groups about one mile north-east of Magul Maha Viharaya. The highest point of this rocky outcrop is 354 feet high. The caves are not close together but are spaced fairly far apart and some of them are of large size.

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Modaragala in Yala National Park

Modaragala Ruins in Yala National Park (යාල මෝදරගල නටබුන්)

Almost all the rocky outcrops in this jungle are dotted with ruins of Buddhist monasteries. Moderagala is a prominent, pointed rock 228 feet high, visible from certain points on the Yala-Katagamuwa Road. Around it are four or five other high rocks and numerous boulders and outcrops. One of these higher rocks lies a stupa ruined by time and treasure hunters. At the lower levels are about a dozen drip-ledged caves, three of which bear inscriptions.

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park (Ruhuna) – යාල (රුහුණු) ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Yala was initially started as a Game Sanctuary by the British in 1894 today Yala National Park has the highest concentration of Leopards in the world. Yala covers more than 100,000 hectares of wildlife with Kirinda to west, Kataragama to North, Panama to east and the Indian ocean to the south. Yala is divided in to 5 areas known as block 1 to 5. The most visited area is block one.

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