The Fa Hien Caves - more commonly known as the Pahiyangala Caves amongst locals - are a series of ancient caves which were inhabited by prehistoric cavemen over 37,000 years ago. Named after the Buddhist monk Faxian who had visited the cave over 1595...more
The Fa Hien Caves - more commonly known as the Pahiyangala Caves amongst locals - are a series of ancient caves which were inhabited by prehistoric cavemen over 37,000 years ago. Named after the Buddhist monk Faxian who had visited the cave over 1595 years ago, the Fa Hien Caves are believed to be Asia's oldest prehistoric human settlement as well as the largest natural rock structure in the continent. Positioned at an elevation of around 400 feet above sea level, the cave reaches a height of over 175 feet and measures over 200 feet in length. It features several natural tunnels that run through the cave, dividing it into four main sections. The rock itself is nestled amidst 75 acres of lush jungle area home to a wealth of flora and fauna - including several species of rare orchids and endemic birds and butterflies. A visit to the Fa Hien Caves is highly recommended for travellers who like history as well as a bit of adventure.
Around 1-2 hours
Adults, Families, Young Adults
The archaeological excavations
Designated prayer facilities at Fa Hien Caves will be unavailable for Muslim travellers but plenty of private open space is available to make use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers who wish to visit a mosque in Kalutara will need to travel quite a bit to visit the Hill Street Mosque, Alawiyathul Naqshabandiya Mosque, Kalutara Bazar Mosque and the Kalutara Mosque.
Halal food at Fa Hien Caves itself will be unavailable and Muslim travellers may need to head towards the town to find access to Halal food in the area. Refreshments such as fresh king coconuts, fruits, bottles of cold water, carbonated drinks and biscuits will be available at the base of the rock.