Hummanaya located in the coastal town of Dikwella is one of those wondrous creations of Mother Nature that had always left the mankind amazed. The only known blowhole in Sri Lanka, also believed to be the second largest blowhole in the world, Hummanaya is easily reachable from any Sri Lanka beach resort located in the area such as Ranna 212. There are many Tangalle hotels scattered around the area and therefore, accommodation will not be an issue for all those who are interested to delve within the coast. Hummanaya is a large rock with a long but narrow fracture in the middle through which the rough sea waves gush in to the rock. The water is then pushed out with a whoosh through a hole at the bottom of the rock creating a magnificent natural water fountain shooting water several metres above the ground. The display is at its best when the sea is rough and the wind is strong and the sound of the water whooshing through the rock can be heard for miles. This is why this blow hole is called the Hummanaya, a combination of the words “hoo” and “manaya” indicating a site where hoots are heard.
Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Calliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered.