Batadomba Lena is a picturesque rockshelter in a rubber plantation close to Kuruwita, in only 3 km distance in western direction, as the crow flies. From Kuruwita main junction, you first take the road to Erathna, after 1.5 km you have to turn right. From there it is another 3 km on Guruluwana road to a signboard at the begin of the trek to Batadomba Lena.
It’s only a 1.5 km hike in a pleasant scenery, but uphill and sometimes rocky or slippy, A lot of the way the foot path used by local rubber tappers is not very clear. So it’s a little bit strenuous. Halfway to the Batadomba cave, rushing water will accompany you and help you to refresh. The shadowee trees are covered with wild creepers and some exotic ferns.
There are many leeches in this area. You should be prepared. Wash your feet and legs with blue soap in the morning and use some chemical from a local pharmacy additionally.
Batadomba Lena is one of the most important excavation sites where traces of bones of the Balangoda man have been found, an anatomical modern human being (Homo sapiens). Researchers learned, that Batadomba Lena’s late Pleistocene inhabitants foraged for a broad spectrum of plants and some animal resources including small snails as well as monkeys. The first scholars who explored this prehistoric site was P.E Deraniyagala from Kuruwita. His son S. U. Deraniyagala found that the toolkit of the Balangoda man in Batadomba Lena was distinguished by the occurrence of geometric microliths already 31,000 years ago, thus belonging to a much earlier period than European microliths, which indicate the Mesolithic period. The occurrence of marine shells in inland sites such as Batadomba lena is an interesting proof, that there habe been early contacts between the coast in 50 km distance, as the crow flies, and this part of the hillcountry, migration or even trade.
Except from the digged hole, there is not much to see in situ any more. However, the rock shelters of Batadomba Lena is situated picturesquely at a vertical cliff in a tropical surrounding. You will not regret to have reached this lonely and quiet place so typical for Sri Lanka.
There is always some water dropping down from the upper edge of the cliff. After heavy rainfall, Batadomba Lena becomes a waterfall, like a flimsy silver curtain shielding the entrance to the rock shelter.
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