|Year and Month||2015 November 01 – Raxawa & Asupini Ella
2016 April 14 – Kabaragala Hike
|Number of Days||One|
|Crew||10 (between 25-35 years of age)|
|Activities||Scenery, Photography, Hiking|
|Route||Mawanella -> Gampola -> Kurunduwathta -> Craighead -> Kabaragala -> Back via same route.|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
Kabragala is a mountain in the Dolaosbage mountain range. It has the highest summit point in the range. We planned several times and couldn’t do the hike due to bad weather. During November 2015 We went up to Raxawa tea factory and we couln’t go beyond that. We covered the Asupini Ella on that trip. But at last we did it the Kabaragala on the New-year day.
We all gathered at Gampola and had breakfast and started the journey. From Gampola there is a road to Dolasbage through Kurunduwaththa. It is almost a 20 Km ride from Gampola to Craighead. The trail starts at Craighead.
As shown in the map after passing the Craighead junction at Dolosbage road there is a small road to left. We followed this road and asked directions from locals.
Its almost a 2 km hike to the summit. There is a grassy field/plains at the summit.
There is a path from the summit to get down to the other side. But we should have ropes and all other abseiling gears do this. So we changed our idea and decided to return in the same route.
Visit to Raxagala area
During 2015 November we were able to reach the area the below summit point of Kabaragala. To reach this place we went through Raxawa and there we followed the road to raxawa factory.
This is a scenic location.
We asked directions from locals to Raxagala. But they said there is a risk of being attacked by leopards and also have issue of leeches. They also mentioned the path is very difficult and not clear path to Raxagala (Saami malai in tamil they said)
Weather was so bad so we returned without doing the Raxagala trail.
On the way We visited the Asupini ella.
There are two routes to Asupini ella. One from the Aranayaka side and other from Kurunduwaththa-Gampola side. We used the first one.
It was a wonderful trip and We returned our home by 5:30 pm.
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