Kaludiya Pokuna is found by the foothills of the famous Mihintale Rock and is one of the largest ponds of its kind found in Sri Lanka. Here’s a closer look at why you should consider visiting the pond during your time here in Dambulla.
Mihintale Rock | Image via flickr
Kaludiya Pokuna translates to Pond with Black Water – and the name was given to the pond by the residents of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, many centuries ago. The name supposedly originated from the seemingly dark colour of the pond’s water, owing to all the shade from the nearby greenery.
An Important Resource
During the glory days of Anuradhapura’s hydraulic civilization, the Kaludiya Pokuna functioned as an important source of water. This much is obvious from all the ancient structures and moats that still surround the pond today.
If you’ve been reading up on what a trek to Kaludiya Pokuna Forest, Dambulla is like – you could find out more details on this perhaps on a travel website like Truly Sri Lanka. Get ready to see some of the resident’s wildlife as the area is home to iconic species like the Sri Lankan leopard and the majestic Asian elephant.
Kaludiya Pokuna and the surrounding area are frequented by all manner of avifauna – this includes species like the Brahminy Kite and the serpent eagle. So, be sure to bring a pair of binoculars with you for the journey.