Trip Reports

Exploring Waterfalls of Agra Oya (Elgin Falls)

Year and Month 2017 May 01
Number of Days One
Crew 6 (Aged 25-35)
Accommodation N/A
Transport Motor Bikes
Activities Scenery, Photography, Hiking, Waterfall Hunting
Weather Cloudy
Route Mawanella -> Peradeniya -> Gampola -> Nuwara-Eliya -> Ambewela -> Elgin Falls -> Return via same route
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Start early as possible
  • Ask directions from locals
  • Do not try during rainy season
  • Carry water for drinking purposes
  • Path to the falls is not clear at the beginning.
  • Be Responsible Traveler and protect environment.
Author Ramzy

Elgin falls is a 25m waterfall located in Ambewela. Agra oya starts from Black pool and creates three waterfalls. Waterfall is visible to the Badulla railway track
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Unseen attractions of Wewelthalawa

Year and Month 2016 December 11th
Number of Days One
Crew Four
Accommodation N/A
Transport Motor Bikes
Activities Scenery, Photography,Hiking, Waterfall hunting
Weather Sunny
Route Gelioya -> Nawalapitiya -> Seaforth -> Amanawela

Wewelthalawa –> Nawata -> Yatiyanthota -> Karawanella

Ruwanwella -> Kegalle -> Mawanella

Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Start early as possible.
  • Get permission from the Office prior to the visit.
  • It’s a protected IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature site in Sri Lanka.
  • Refer
  • It’s not a place to spend time and have fun.
  • Anti-environmental acts are strictly prohibited specially use of polythene.
  • Permission required to visit ITN towers. (From HO Battaramulla)
Author Ramzy

Wewelthalawa is a plateau located in Amanawela – Yatiyanthota region on the mountain top, above a height of 2,800 feet. It lies in the center of a ring of mountains like a bottom of a basin. This belongs to Halgolla Estate of Kelani Valley Plantations Ltd. Halgolla Estate has 4 divisions namely Wewelthalawa, Halgolle, Punugala and Ullswater.
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Udawatta Kele – Royal Forest Park of Kandy

Year and Month 2016 December 26th
Number of Days One
Crew Two
Accommodation N/A
Transport Public Transport
Activities Scenery, Photography,Hiking, Nature trail, City Viewing
Weather Sunny
Route Gelioya -> Peradeniya -> Kandy -> Udawattekele -> Kandy Lake –> Return Home
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  1. Start early as possible. Park Opening hours 8am – 5pm
  2. Bags/Polythene not allowed.
  3. Unmarried couples are not allowed.
  4. Do not;
    • remove or damage any plant
    • Trap or disturb any wildlife
    • Vandalize structures, lades or sign
    • Litter the area
    • Follow the direction in the map.
Author Ramzy

History

Kandy is considered as one of the main and historically important cities in Sri Lanka. In 1371 King Wickramabahu established his kingdom and named this city as `Senkadagala’ in remembrance of the Brahmin called Senkanda’ who lived in a rock cave in Udawattekele forest. Thereafter all the kings who ruled took appropriate measures to conserve `Udawatte-kele: forest and regarded it as a part of the Royal Palace. This resulted in declaring the forest as a property of the crown and a restricted zone (Thahansi Kele) for the public. The royal family used this forest as a pleasure garden. During foreign invasions and wars, this forest helped the royals to retreat and hide themselves and also as a’ passage for them to flee to other safer areas.
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Trekking Knuckles from Bambarella to Thangappuwa

Year and Month 2016 November 13 & 14
Number of Days Two
Crew Five
Accommodation Camping at Alugallena
Transport Public transport
Activities Scenery, Photography,Hiking, Waterfall hunting
Weather Cloudy
Author Ramzy

Bambarella to Thangappuwa is a popular trail among the knuckles trekkers. There are several attractions can be seen in this trail.

  1. Knuckles falls (near the trail head)
  2. Knuckles Mountain peaks
  3. Alugallena cave (3 Km away from main trail)
  4. Kotaganga (seven) falls

All above can be done within two days and its around 20 Km trail.
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Hiking Hanthana within a Day

Year and Month 2016 September 18th
Number of Days One
Crew Five
Accommodation N/A
Transport Public transport
Activities Scenery, Photography, Hiking
Weather Cloudy, Rainy
Route Gelioya -> Kandy -> 4th Mile Post (Hanthana Road) -> Return – Hadbima Janapadaya -> Sarasavigama -> Peradeniya
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Start early as possible
  • Bus to Uduwela from kandy leaves at 7 am from Kandy (Near Clock tower)
  • Last Bus to Kanduy is around 5pm from Sarasavigama
  • Carry atleast 1ltr of water per person
  • Beware of wild animals (Leopards/Wild cats are popular)
  • Path is not much clear after the 1st and 2nd
  • Leech protection may be required during rainy season
Author Ramzy

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.
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Jungle Beach – Hidden beauty of Southern coast!

Year and Month 2016 June 05
Number of Days Two
Crew 10 (Family)
Accommodation Hayleys Holiday Bungalow – Galle
Transport Van
Activities Scenery, Photography
Weather Sunny
Route Day 1 – Mawanella -> Kadawatha -> Southern Highway -> Galle -> Bungalow -> Galle Fort -> Back to Bungalow.

Day 2 – Rumassala -> Jungle Beach -> Back to Home

Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Hayleys Holiday Bungalow is available only for the Employees
  • Visit the fort in the evening – Sunset
  • Visit Jungle beach early morning – less crowd
 
Author Ramzy

It was an unplanned trip. We got Hayleys Holiday Bungalow for spend a weekend. this gave me the opportunity to visit Galle and the see the attractions around. We were able to visit Galle fort and Jungle beach during the trip.
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Hiking Kabaragala – The Highest Peak of Dolosbage (1506 M)

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)
Accommodation N/A
Transport Motor Bikes
Activities Scenery, Photography, Hiking
Weather Cloudy
Route Mawanella -> Gampola -> Kurunduwathta -> Craighead -> Kabaragala -> Back via same route.
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Carry a stock of water for usual needs at least 2 Ltrs.
  • Avoid rainy days for hiking
  • Wear suitable attire for trekking & hiking
  • Use a leech protection
Author Ramzy

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.
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Visit to First Tea Plantation Field of Sri Lanka

Year and Month 22nd February, 2016
Number of Days One
Crew 4 (between 25-30 years of age)
Accommodation N/A
Transport Motor Bikes
Activities Scenery, Photography, Hiking
Weather Sunny
Route Peradeniya -> Galaha -> Delthota -> Loolkandura -> Kondagala -> Back to Galaha -> Nilamba -> Kalugamuwa -> Gelioya
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • It’s better if you can carry a stock of water for usual needs.
  • Avoid rainy days for hiking
  • Wear suitable attire for trekking & hiking
Author Ramzy

The Loolkandura estate was the first tea plantation estate in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) started in 1867 by Englishman James Taylor, it is situated in Kandy District.

The James Taylor Story

The James Taylor Story

Attractions;

  1. Ruins of James Taylors’ Cottage
  2. Hike to Kondagala
  3. James Taylors Well
  4. James Taylors Seat
  5. Field No 7 – The First tea field

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Family Trip to Hunnas falls(Lower) & Sembuwaththa Lake

Year and Month 2015 January 2nd
Number of Days One
Crew Family (11 including Kids)
Accommodation N/A
Transport Van
Activities Scenery / Photography
Weather Cloudy
Route Mawanella -> Peradeniya -> Katugasthota -> Madawala -> Waththegama -> Elkaduwa -> Hunnas Falls -> Sembuwaththa Lake -> Elkaduwa -> Back to Home in the same route
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Tickets
    1. Hunnas falls – 100/- per person
    2. Sembuwaththa Lake – 200/- per person
  • Bath/swim in the Lake is prohibited.
  • No shops/Cafeteria in side the Sembuwaththa premises.
  • Boat Ride (Maximum 8 per ride)
    1. Locals -1000/- per ride
    2. Foreigners 4000/- per ride
Author Ramzy

Sembuwaththa lake and Hunnas falls are popular places for a day visit. This is close to Elakaduwa a small town in the Matale District where the famous Hunnas falls Hotel located.
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Hike to Hunnasgiriya Mountain (1514 m) and near by Attractions

Year and Month 2015 February 22
Number of Days 01
Crew 9 (Aged 25-35)
Accommodation N/A
Transport Motor Bikes
Activities Scenery, Photography, Hiking, Waterfall Hunting
Weather Cloudy
Route Mawanella -> Peradeniya -> Katugasthota -> Madawala -> Panwila -> Hatale Mini Worlds End -> Hunnas Mountain -> Madulkele -> Huluganga -> Alakola Estate -> Back to Home via Panwila
Tips, Notes and Special remark
  • Carry water bottles
  • Avoid rainy days for hiking
  • Follow the footpaths.
  • Ask directions from locals
Author Ramzy

The Hunnasgiriya Mountain is the Highest mountain in the area and an attractive hiking location. It is also identified as a special biodiversity location.
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