|Year and Month||2016 September 18th|
|Number of Days||One|
|Activities||Scenery, Photography, Hiking|
|Route||Gelioya -> Kandy -> 4th Mile Post (Hanthana Road) -> Return – Hadbima Janapadaya -> Sarasavigama -> Peradeniya|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
Hanthana is the most popular hiking place among University students. Normally Social Trips and Batch trips are planned to hanthana due to less travelling time. It is my long term dream to hike Hanthana.
Hanthana can be hiked from various routes;
- 4th Mile Post at Kandy-Uduwela (Hanthana road)
- Heerassagala – Amaya Hills
- Peradeniya University – Upper Hanthana Lodge
Sarasavigama- Hadabima janapadaya
The Shortest and easiest is the 4th Mile post path. So we selected the 1st option.
All of us gathered at Kandy clock tower by 6:30 and had our breakfast at nearby hotel. We lucky enough to catch the Kandy – Uduwala bus started journey at 7 am. By 7.25 am we were at 4th milepost where the trail starts.
From the trail head we reached our 1st peak within 30 minutes. It’s less than a kilo meter hike. There are telecommunication towers located in the first and second peaks. Also sanitary and drinking water facilities are available at these peaks as there are individuals who resides there to maintain and monitor these towers.
There are good views from the first peak. We can see the Kandy city area, Peradeniya, Gatambe, teldeniya areas from this peak. Hiking the second peak won’t take much time it’s about 100 meters. The second peak also gives you an elevated views of the surrounding.
To reach the other part we have should descend along the rock and take the forest path. The path is clearly visible and not a difficult task.
After this point the footpath directs to the tea estate through a forest patch. at the mid of this forest patch we met some members of the University explorers club members and they directed us with the path to Katusu konda which is our final destination. The weather was challenging us very often. so we hurried up folloed the path to the top. We did see the non-other than mist on top.
The were able to reach katusu kondha at around 2pm. Unfortunately we could see nothing due to misty weather. In few minutes its started to rain. So we rushed in to the cave located closer to Katusu kondha.
Spending some time at the cave we decided to go the the Sarasavigama at around 3 pm. With the rain and misty conditions we couldn’t find the path to Sarasavigama. However, with the help of GPS and Maps we got the navigation. Nothing is visible due to mist. There are rocky phases in the path descending through these a very dangerous. There are very slippery in the rain. So we tried alternated paths. It took around 2 hours to descend this 2 km path.
At around 5pm we reached Sarasavigama and able to catch the bus to Kandy with the help of a threewheeler. by 5:30pm we were at Peradeniya.
At the end it was a new experience and Enjoyable trip!
Thanks for reading..