Madunagala hot springs will be a monumental experience that you may ever have before. It is a beautiful creation of nature situated in Madunagala hermitage in the Southern province of Sri Lanka. To reach the place you have to take Pelmadulla- Nonegama road and Pass by about 66-kilo meters till you find Padanangala junction. Then turn for Padanangala-Sooriyawewa road. Finally, you have to travel about 12 km on the route to Sooriyawewa. Within few more steps from the main road, you will find the complex. The place is open from 7.00 am – 7.00 pm. In rainy seasons the hot springs shoot about 65cubic meters per second. You can see five hot springs covered with a basin or a stone tank.
People believe that this water has an unbelievable power to cure skin diseases as well as eye diseases. Simultaneously the monks resided at nearby hermitages and cave temples are attempted to have baths here instead of healing skin eczemas and rheumatic injuries. Even today devotees believe that baths energize them. They strongly believe that their skin diseases or rashes can be vanished by bathing. Sir. Leonard Woolf, who was an assistant government agent has indicated that he also visited Madunagala hot springs. Somehow if you could visit the place in early in the morning you can see many varieties of birds in the sky. First, the pure hot water is collected into a large basin and mixed with cool water. Thereby mid tempered water flies into the closer basins made for visitors. Eventually, you can enjoy and smear natural hot water. A small aquarium and few cages made for a number of birds and rabbits can be seen at Madunagala hot water springs site. Being attracted by many visitors, the location is comprised with western toilets, changing rooms and small shops made for them. By the way, you can have a ‘Belimal’ tea or a ‘Ranawara’ tea from the local stalls in the area. As a matter of fact, you can buy traditional Sri Lankan rice meals like ‘heenati’, ‘Suwandel’ and ‘Kekulu’ varieties of Rice. Mudunagala Hot water springs are monitored by Southern Province Tourism Board.
Madunagala temple is constructed on a scenic rock boulder covered by a thick jungle. Although you can see several caves shaded to the monks and few pools whereas provided pure water for monks. The forest is lovely home to wild elephants, bears, Deers etc.