Archive | June, 2010
Bambarakanda Waterfall (790 ft) | The Highest Waterfall in Sri Lanka

Bambarakanda Waterfall (790 ft) | The Highest Waterfall in Sri Lanka

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Bambarakanda Falls (also known as Bambarakele Falls) is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. With a height of 263 m (863 ft), it ranks as the 299th highest waterfall in the world. Situated in Kalupahana in the Badulla District, this waterfall is directly visible from the A4 Highway. The waterfall was formed by Kuda Oya, which is a branch of the Walawe River.

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Scenic hike to Lanka Ella Falls

Scenic hike to Lanka Ella Falls

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Lanka Ella is a isolated waterfall located in the area. The fall gets its name due to the shape of the base pool which resembles the tear-drop shape of Sri Lanka. Trail to Lanka Ella mostly winds through Pines plots and savannas and offer several scenic outlooks in to the forest covered mountain range of Horton plains and vast plains in southern Sri Lanka.

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Exploring landmarks in ancient route from Dambadeniya to Yapahuwa.

Exploring landmarks in ancient route from Dambadeniya to Yapahuwa.

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An “Ambalama” can be described as one of an important public building in ancient Sri Lanka. There were series of “Ambalama(s)” located along the roads, being land marks & resting places for travelers for free. It was a convenience and comfort to people traveling far; going on pilgrimages or visiting relatives by foot or cart. Usually “Ambalam” were built in a chosen spots such as by the side of a paddy field or stream. Facility of portable water was provided with a “pin-thaliya” (a pot of water) or a well.

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Kayts, Pungudutivu and Nagadipa (Nagadeepa) Travelogue

Kayts, Pungudutivu and Nagadipa (Nagadeepa) Travelogue

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Kayts, also known as Leiden in Dutch, is a small island off the coast of minority Sri Lankan Tamil dominated Jaffna Peninsula in the North of Sri Lanka. It is also sometimes referred to as Velanai. Kayts is also the name of an important village within the Island. There are number of other villages within the island such as Allaipiddy, Naranthanai and Karampan.

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Sri Pada Karunawa (Adams Peak Travelogue) Hatton Route and Kuruwita Route

Sri Pada Karunawa (Adams Peak Travelogue) Hatton Route and Kuruwita Route

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Sri Pada is the only mountains in the world where four major religions get together and worship.Adam’s Peak is an ancient pilgrimage that is considered sacred by Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. It is a conical mountain 2,243 meters high. It is believed that Lord Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka placed his footprint on the summit of this sacred mountain.

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Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Koneswaram, Lovers leap Travelogue

Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Koneswaram, Lovers leap Travelogue

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This was a very long trip and we drove 1200Km in 4 days First we went to Katharagama and Then Nuwaraeliya and then Trincomalee. So i have started route map from Nuwaraeliya. Road condition is very good till you pass Habarana but there are some road constructions going on Kantale to Trinco… Specially they are straitening the “Yaka Wanguwa”.

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Laxapana Water Fall(126M) Travelogue

Laxapana Water Fall(126M) Travelogue

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To reach here, you have to travel along Avissawella – Nuwara Eliya Road (A7) and turn towards Norton Bridge after Ginigathhena (Sri Pada road via Nallathanni). After traveling about 8km from Norton Bridge towards Maskeliya you have to turn to your right to Seven Hill Farm. Then, you have to proceed further 3km on this road to reach this waterfall.

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Scenic Boat Safari in Madu Ganga, Balapitiya

Scenic Boat Safari in Madu Ganga, Balapitiya

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We started the journey from Colombo around 8AM and the crew was four. We used a Suzuki Swift as our transportation.The drive to Balapitiya was quite effortless and the Galle road was in pretty good shape. Although it is good be sure to stay in the speed limit. Because occasionally you find traffic cops waiting for you to speed!

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Deanston Knuckles Conservation Centre and Mini Worlds End Trail

Deanston Knuckles Conservation Centre and Mini Worlds End Trail

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We started the journey in the early morning from Colombo and we reached Kandy within three hours. We bought all the food items / kerosene oil from Kandy. We planned to stay first night in Deanston Conservation Centre and second night in Dothalugala Cabin and we had no idea that Knuckles has a camping site.

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Knuckles Dothalugala Camping Experience

Knuckles Dothalugala Camping Experience

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First day we stayed at Deanston conservation centre Dormitory and we covered Mini Worlds End. Our second day objective was to do the “Dothalugala Trail” and to stay at Dothalugala Dormitory. As I stated earlier trip report we didn’t knew there was a camp site.

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My Engagement at top of 2nd highest mountain Kirigalpotta (Kirigalpoththa) (2392M)

My Engagement at top of 2nd highest mountain Kirigalpotta (Kirigalpoththa) (2392M)

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Our 2nd day objective was to do the Kirigalpotta Nature Trail and My Engagement on top of Kirigalpotta. But it previous night it rained….. Tent got damaged… didn’t have a good night sleep and crew members wanted to return home so we did Circular Trail. We finished the trail around10AM we had our breakfast on campsite and returned to the Van.

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World’s End, Mini Worlds End, Bakers Falls Circular Trail (8Km)

World’s End, Mini Worlds End, Bakers Falls Circular Trail (8Km)

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But unfortunately there were heavy showers at night with extreme wind conditions. Our tent got damaged. Water came in to the tent and we had to take a decision and there were no alternative other than returning back to our Van. It was 11.30PM and we started walking on the rain to the Van. Phew! This was a once in a lifetime experience. I don’t think anybody have ever walked around 12AM inside Horton Plains.

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