Bolgoda is a surprisingly quiet beach and scenic lake. It is lies area from Piliyandala to Anguruwatota. Bolgoda Lake is the largest and most beautiful natural lake with the highest bio diversity in the island. This colossal fresh water lake covers an area of 374 square kilometers. The depth of the lake varies at different places between 20 and 50 feet.
In the Dutch period of Sri Lanka`s history, (1624 – 1798) Bolgoda Lake was extensively used to transport people and goods from the upper stream of Kalu Ganga, particularly, from Ratnapura District. It was very popular and convenient way of transport of wood from the Sinharaja forest, in the upper reaches of the river Kalu Ganga to the many timber mills in Moratuwa. Bolgoda Lake spread out over a very large area was broadly used during the Dutch & British occupation periods as a bird hunting ground. The location is also popular as a traditional lake fishing area.
Some aspects of the history of Bolgoda Lake is shrouded in mystery, one of which is woven around a prince called Reevidev, who lived in the Bolgoda area during the time of king Parakramabahu II`s reign. The prince, who was said to be a voyeur, was in the habit of observing women bathing on the lake. It is said that the granite seat from which he is believed to have observed the women could still be seen when the water level in the lake is low.
The stunning Bolgoda Lake is rich in bio diversity, where it boasts of 45 different types of fish, 40 types of reptiles, 15 kinds of amphibia and 31 types of mammals. The birds exist in the surrounding area of the lake. Bolgoda is wonderful destinations for green tourist.