- Starting early is an advantage
- Leach Repellent Required
- Leave only footprints
This trip report is dedicated to My Crew.
This journey became an important excursion for me as it paved the way for the renewal of or long lasting friendship. At first it seemed like a tedious task to get the participation of all but eventually it became a success. We set off on our journey around 6 A.M. from Ambalangoda. Our targeted route was first to Aluthgama and then onwards through Mathugama road to Bulathsinhala and then to Agalawatta and from there to Kalawana. On the way we made our way to several interesting places that we had never been before.
Our first destination was Pahiyangala where we could learn a lot on the historical background of Sri Lanka. We spent there for about 1 hour then again started on our journey.I can describe the view from Pahiyangala for five six pages but still it will be useless unless you really see it.
Our second attraction was Makeliya water fall around 10 km off Molkawa area. It is nearly 50 feet in its height and a very spectacular view, but bathing was not safety at that place except a few places farther.
After having a fresh bath we started on our journey to Kalawana where we got bread and lodging at The Blue Magpie Lodge. We arrived in Kalawana around 6.30 P.M. Blue Magpie lodge was very fascinating and we enjoyed to our heart’s content. They provided us with delicious meals which we enjoyed together. If anybody plans to visit Sinharaja in Weddagala side my advice is to follow same procedure, reserving any number of rooms at The Blue Magpie Lodge and proceed.
For more info: www.bluemagpie.lk
The funny thing is the power cut at 10 P.M. since it’s a remote area. The available generator supplies you with electricity only up to 10 P.M. and again your room is lit from 5 A.M. onwards for you to get ready to go to your next goal.
We got-up early in the morning on the following day and we arrived at Sinharaja-Weddagala entrance around 7.30 A.M. We bought Rs.30/= ticket each and hired a guide for Rs.600/=.
Gradually we went interior watching the beauty of the fresh morning, amidst the chirping of various species of birds and eye-arresting sights. We caught the sight of some wild flowers and plants including medicinal herbs and also insects and reptiles.
Nepenthes distillatoria (Bandura)
Nepenthes distillatoria is a tropical pitcher endemic to Sri Lanka. It was the second Nepenthes species to be described in print and the first to be formally named under the Linnaean system of taxonomy. It is the species of the genus.
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (Pala Polanga)
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus, commonly Sri Lankan green pit viper is a moderately venomous pit viper species endemic to Sri Lanka. No subspecies are currently recognized.
Xenochrophis asperrimus (Diya Naya)
Xenochrophis asperrimus, commonly Boulenger’s Keelback or Sri Lankan Keelback is an endemic, non poisonous and common water snake native to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Wali Kukula)
The Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Gallus lafayetii), also known during the colonial era as theCeylon Junglefowl, is a member of the Galliformes bird order which is endemic to Sri Lanka, where it is the national bird. It is closely related to the Red Junglefowl (G. gallus), the wild junglefowl from which the chicken was domesticated. The specific name of the Sri Lankan Junglefowl commemorates the French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette.
Sri Lanka Blue Magpie
The Sri Lanka Blue Magpie or Ceylon Magpie (Urocissa ornata) is a member of the crow family living in the hill forests of Sri Lanka, where it is endemic.
Our Sinharaja trip was over at 11.30 A.M. with our return journey accumulating memorable experience by all of us which we never forget throughout our lives mainly cementing our friendships. I think leeches made it strengthen giving us a bitter experience. Good bye till I come to you with another appetizing journey.
Have a Safe Journey!