Waulpane Cave

Useful Information

Location: Near Waulpane village 6° 25' 30.90" N 80° 43' 59.22" E
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:  
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Waulpane Cave is also known as the cave of bats. It is located at the eastern slopes of Rakwana Mountain Range, about 1.5 hours from Pallebedda. The cave is known for beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, and the wildlife which includes bats, cockroaches, amphibians, and fish. The cave is a river cave and entered through the sink. After following the underground river for 300m, the cave is left through a second entrance.

This cave is on the list of eco adventures offered by Sri Lanka Adventures and Eco Team, probably there are even more operators. The cave is very remote and hard to find, and such operators provide the necessary equipment, so we recommend to take such a tour. If you go on your own you should bring wellingtons, helmet, headlamp, and a mask. Also an old rain coat is recommended for the bat droppings.

This tour is definitely not for the faint hearted. Caving in tropic regions offers special threats to your health. This cave is a river cave and you wade through a river during most of the tour, which you would never intend to bath in. Beneath the water there are bats, which could cause diseases like histoplasmosis. The cockroaches and other insects feeding on the bat guano are not really dangerous, but probably a little disgusting. And there is the ammonia smell of the bat guano.

And finally we find it strange, that both operators do not give their address on their homepage. There is only a contact form, no name of the owner, no postal address, no phone number. We guess there are only two possible explanations, either it is intended, which makes some kind of scam likely, or it is not intended, which tells us the operator is pretty unprofessional. Not exactly someone you want to trust with your life, in both cases.