The ruins of the little-known ancient monastery – Velgam Vihara – lay hidden in the dense jungle near the quaint Periyakulam Tank. Its ancient stone inscriptions testify to the fact that both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhists venerated this site for generations.
A quick visit to the legendary Kanniya hot springs nearby makes for the perfect combination, as the hot wells are believed to be part of a spiritual network, giving rise to tales of its magical properties.
Best times – Early morning or 3.30pm
Distance – 18 km
Duration – 2 hour; includes 40 minutes travel time to and from.
What is included – Vehicle transport to Velgam Vihara, water bottles, a picnic drink and snack at, fresh juice and cool towel on your return Home.
What to bring/wear – comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for hiking and a temple visit, a sunhat, gym shoes, your camera.