Ussangoda is located at the A2 mainroad near Ambalantota, close to the fork with A 18 from Embilipitiya. Ussangoda rock is a small nature reserve close to the turtle breeding zones in the Rekawa area. It is not under protection for its fauna, but for its flora. Besides small pockets of pigmy forest, it is only covered with grasses, but of very rare species occuring only on soil with a high and usually poisonous concentration of heavy metals. Such underground is called serpentine. There are only five serpentine areas in Sri Lanka. Ussangoda rock is by far the largest of them. There are many folk stories connected with this barren land. Locals belief that Ussangoda rock is a part of a meteor. In recent times it has been asscociated with the Ramayana legend. One famous part of the story tells, when Hanuman’s tail was set on flames, the escaping monley devastated the kingdom of Lanka with his burning tail. And we can see this at Ussangoda, where no wood has been growing any more till the present day.
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Ussangoda is a remote beach with a rock promontory. The serpentine soil carries a rare eco-system. This is why Ussangoda is a natural reserve with very rare grass species. Additionally, Evolvus alsinoides, Hybanthus enneaspermus and Crotalaria biflora at Ussangoda show some charateristics found nowhere else in the world.
An hour or two is enough to explore the small sanctuary, but you could relax at its delightful beaches, too.
You can visit Ussangoda on the way to Hambantota or Kataragama or the Yala/Bundala National Parks area.
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