Kukuleganga Holiday Resort, Makeli Ella, Fa Hien Cave (Pahiyangala)
By : Dinesh Deckker
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This travelogue is dedicated to My Lovely Wife….
This trip is always memorable in my life as it was the first trip which opened doors to many trips. Please keep in mind that this is a trip we went 3 years back and some of the places roads might have changed. I think its a duty of a traveler to share the experience whether is old or new. So people can see what was the previous state of the places,roads and etc.
We started our journey early morning from Nugegoda and stopped in Panadura to grab a some breakfast which we planned to have on our way. We stopped to get blessings from Kaluthara temple on our way and continued our journey. Mathugama road was in excellent condition and it seemed repaired recently. We had our breakfast some place nice in Mathugama Road.
We arrived at Kukuleganga Holiday Resort less than 2 hours which was a effortless drive. Kukuleganga Holiday Resort consist of villas. Kukuleganga Holiday Resort maintained by Army personnel and the service is excellent. The cottages are consist of all the basic facilities plus satellite television. It is located in a scenic location and it is reachable within 2 hours and ideal for a family trip or a office outing. Also hotel consist of lot of recreational and sport activities. You can book the hotel by calling :+ 94 34 56 20 666 / + 94 34 56 26 667
Our first attraction was Makeli Ella and it is situated few kilometers from the resort and it is a small waterfall but the water was crystal clear.We had to take Matugama – Agalawatte road to Lathpandura and then the Molkava to reach the falls. First we climbed down to get to the best view point of the waterfall and it was beautiful.
I didn’t had a digital camera and you can see what was the photography source and obviously the images are not that quality and apologize for the incontinence. It is strongly recommend not to have a bath in the Makeli Ella base as so many people has died trying to have a bath.
After spending few hours in the water we returned back to the resort for lunch. The afternoon we spent playing tennis and badminton. ( Equipments provided by the resort ). On evenings we can enjoy beautiful flute music while we having our tea. Luckily we booked on a weekend and on weekends there is a BBQ and live band show. The food was very tasty and worth the money. If you are a fan of Sauna, there is one in the hotel.
Next day plan was to visit Fa-Hien Cave (Pahiengala). We woke up late but continued journey towards Fa Hien Cave. This was a excellent experience. You have to take a ferry to the other side with your vehicle through Kukule Ganga to reach Bulathsinghala.
We arrived at Pahiyabngala Temple around 11AM and started climbing to the top. There are stairs to the top and frankly its a quite climb I say.
After spending some time studying the cave we returned back to hotel and of course we had a bath in Makeli Ella again. In the Evening we returned back to Colombo.
Have a Safe Journey!