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Hummanaya Sri Lanka

World's 2nd largest blow hole

Hummanaya blow hole in Sri Lanka

Where is Hummanaya located?

Hummanaya Blowhole, located in the southern coastal town of Kudawella in Sri Lanka, stands as a natural marvel and a testament to the awe-inspiring forces of nature. Often touted as the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka, it holds the prestigious title of being the second largest blowhole in the world. This geological wonder attracts visitors from far and wide who come to witness the spectacular display of water shooting up into the air with a thunderous roar.

What is 'hummanaya' in english?

The name “Hummanaya” is derived from the Sinhala words “hoo” and “manaya,” where “hoo” refers to the characteristic sound emitted by the blowhole and “manaya” translates to hole. Thus, Hummanaya essentially means the “hole that makes a hoo sound.” This nomenclature perfectly captures the essence of the blowhole, as the distinctive noise, resembling a deep “hoo,” can be heard from a considerable distance when it becomes active.

The formation of Hummanaya Blowhole is attributed to the unique coastal topography of the region. The blowhole is situated on a rocky shelf where subterranean caves and tunnels extend beneath the coastal terrain. When powerful waves surge towards the shore, they enter these subterranean chambers, creating immense pressure. The built-up pressure forces water through a natural vent in the rock, resulting in a spectacular vertical water spout that can reach impressive heights.

Hummanaya Sri Lanka

The blowhole’s activity is highly dependent on the oceanic conditions, particularly the strength and direction of the waves. During monsoon seasons and periods of high tide, the Hummanaya Blowhole is at its most vigorous, unleashing a breathtaking display of nature’s might. The sound of the water forcefully escaping the rocky confines and the ensuing tumultuous splash captivates onlookers, leaving them in awe of the sheer power harnessed by this geological phenomenon.

Visitors to Hummanaya not only witness the mesmerizing blowhole but also have the opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the southern Sri Lankan coastline. The surrounding landscape, with its rugged cliffs and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, adds to the overall appeal of this natural wonder.

Hummanaya Blowhole stands as a reminder of the Earth’s dynamic forces, showcasing the synergy between the ocean and the coastal landscape. As travelers venture to this unique site, they are treated not only to a visual spectacle but also to the resonating sound of nature’s symphony, echoing the rhythmic pulse of the ocean at one of Sri Lanka’s most extraordinary attractions.

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