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Hummanaya Blow Hole

Located deep down the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka, sandwiched between the small towns of Dickwella and Kudawella, the Hummanaya Blowhole is the only natural blowhole in the country and coincidentally the second-tallest blowhole in the world. Depending on the conditions of the sea, it can spray a tower of water often reaching as high as 25-metres to 30-metres. Should you be on the lookout for unique natural features on your coastal holiday in Sri Lanka, this natural phenomenon is just one of many attractions to witness.

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Nature and Outdoors:

  • The rough sea, along with the constant gushing of water leaping up 25-metres to 30-metres high from a fissure created due to geological reasons are the top reasons for anyone to visit the water fountain.
  • One of the lesser known features of the must see attraction is the view it gives of the Indian Ocean with a unique soundtrack of gushing water and wind that whizzes past your ears.

Interesting Facts

  • The blowhole’s name is derived from the ‘hoo’ sounds it makes that can be heard from a distance, due to the rough seas constantly exploding through the fissure.
  • Quite surprisingly, the blowhole only gained popularity when it was first described by R. L. Brohier in his book ‘Seeing Ceylon’ in 1965 where he states “The hoarse gurgling roar gathers in volume – then suddenly, a pillar of water churned to a dazzling whiteness gushes out somewhere up the cliff and for the moment you stand aghast”
  • The blowhole is a result of geological weathering of the rocks which allows the water to fill up the underwater caverns during high tide. The waves create constant pressure inside the caverns eventually shooting out a towering fountain of water with intense force when the pressure exceeds the caverns’ limits.
  • Although a blowhole that depends on how rough the sea is, its iconic spray is displayed every 10 – 15 minutes making it one of the more predictable blowholes in the world.
  • Due to its close proximity to the little fishing village of Kudawella, the pathway is filled with little street food kiosks that let you indulge in some batter fried prawns or sprats.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • It is opened for visitors throughout the year, however; it is best experienced during the monsoon period of June and July when the sea is rough.
  • Mornings are the best time to witness the blowhole in action, as the sea is quite rough during this time and not crowded allowing you to see the sprays more easily.
  • You could get soaked if you stand too close to the blowhole due to its intensity. Just make sure you stand well behind the protective railing.
  • Entrance to the blowhole is LKR 250.
  • Always be mindful of your belongings and your safety as you will have to climb a flight of rocky uneven steps that lead you to the top of the fissure.

In conclusion, the off the beaten track location of the Hummanaya Blowhole, with its one of a kind phenomenon of spraying water up many metres in the air, makes it all the more important to put it in the list of things to do on your coastal getaway.

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