USSANGODA
 
  Ussangoda is located near the village of Nonagama. It’s a very strange place, cloaked in mystery, and yet to be fully explored. A lunar landscape prevails; the earth is a dark red, and the area devoid of trees. Instead, moss, short grass and bush control it growing in strange formations. It gently slopes down towards the coast where cliffs hang over a sandy bay.

Although declared a prehistoric site – most of it comes under the authority of the Department of Archaeology – there are other narratives that point to explain its strange form.

One is that a meteor fell here, which would account for the barren nature of the soil. The soil is not barren, grass and thorny shrubs grow. Had the metre fallen there should be a crack or a crevice. Another is that it connects to the history of Ramayana, claiming it was one of Emperor Rawana’s aerodromes. The villagers say that few metres below the surface is fresh water, which is unusual since it is so close to the sea.
 
Ussangoda is undoubtedly a fascinating place where rare medicinal plants, protected flowers and herbaceous shrubs thrive on highly lateritic earth. The protected beach also offers the rare opportunity to swim, while walks are pleasurable. The view over Kalamatiya Sanctuary, the coastline and out to sea is breathtaking.

Close to Ussangoda is the village of Godavaya. Fringed by mangrove stands, it is another popular bird-watching spot. There is a small temple here and also a Home for the Blind Elderly, which tourists are encouraged to visit.

(Content reference: Travel Sri Lanka Magazine)
 
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