|Year and Month||2015 November 25|
|Number of Days||2|
|Crew||2 (Myself & Minhaj)|
|Activities||Scenery, Photography, Hiking & Waterfall hunting|
|Weather||Windy at the top. Sunny during the day|
|Route||Mawanella -> Kadugannawa -> Balumgala -> Kadugannawa -> Balana Fort -> Poththapitiya -> Dekinda Falls -> Back to Home via Kadugannawa|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
- Balumgala Hike
- Balana Fort
- Dekinda Falls
It was my long waited dream to visit Balumgala. It was planned in a short time and we started at 11:30 from Mawanella.
This is the Rock located at the Kadugannawa Gap. The Rock is clearly visible from the Pahala Kadugannawa General viewing point.
We completed difficult & memorable trip with lot of happy memories.
We can view entire Kadugannwa valley From Balumgala rock and it gives a unforgettable experience.
The Route to the rock is very simple. You have to travel along the Kadugannawa – Gampola road about 1 Km and there is a road to right which ends at Telcom Towers. Access to Balumgala from Telecom presmises is restricted. Therefore we must take the footpath from the tea estate just before the telecom presmises.
The path is given in the below map;
There is another small rock in this road as shown in the map above. Most people are misguided and visit this place believing this as Balumgala.
There is a private road at the place where this rock is located. To reach the Balumgala, we have to take this road (100 M) at the end of the road there is a tea estate. You can find a footpath through this estate which will lead you to the Balumgala.
We spent around nearly 1 hour in the Balumgala rock and decided to go to our next destination which is the Balana Fort.
Balana fort was used as a observing point of enemy movements during the Kandyan Kingdom. The details of the location given in the Name board as below;
To reach this place we must travel around 6 km in the Kadugannawa – Poththapitiya road and Balana Road. the sign name boards will guide you in the correct route.
at one point you’ll see above boards at a Tea plantation estate.
I was unable to visit Dekinda falls during my trip to Algalla. Therefore I had an eager to visit this waterfall.
Dekinda falls is located in near the Poththapitiya. There is a cement road to the left at poththapitiya town (near the Bo Tree). if you travel 2 Km on this road you can reach the waterfall.
There is a forest path to reach the bottom part of the falls.
Details of this waterfall is given in in the link.
We completed the trip at around 3:30 pm and reached home at 4:30 pm