Natural hot springs are located in three areas of Sri Lanka. First is the hot spring nestling in the eastern province at Kanniya – off the Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road , while the next is at Maha Oya (also in the eastern province) on the Badulla-Batticaloa road and finally the third one is in Mahapelessa Hot spring (also known as Madunagala Hot Spring), lying in the deep south of the Hambantota district. The world over such hot springs were named as healing mineral thermal waters.
The reason being that these thermal waters contain medicinal properties to cure ailments like skin eruptions and other rheumatic pains. Even our ancients, particularly the Buddhist monks living in ancient cave hermitages had made the best use of these healing hot springs for body and skin ailments