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Ultimate hike to the Top of Saptha Kanya Mountain (Seven Virgin)

Ultimate hike to the Top of Saptha Kanya Mountain (Seven Virgin)

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In the morning we got into a Hatton bus at around 9AM and reached Ginigathhena around 11:30AM. From there we haired a van to Koththellana. We had our lunch and started to climb from Koththellana area. First you have to go through tea plantation and then pine trees.

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Adventurous Hike to Lakegala Mountain

Adventurous Hike to Lakegala Mountain

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It was a long weekend because of Poson full moon poya day. We were planed to visit Memure and climb the Lakegala mountain. We leave Colombo by bus at around 6PM and able to reach Kandy at around 9PM. We stayed the night at our friend’s house in Kandy.

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Jeep Track from Bambarakanda to Ohiya, a must do for the adventure seeker

Jeep Track from Bambarakanda to Ohiya, a must do for the adventure seeker

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We started the much awaited trip to Bambarakanda on the 30th April from Colombo, and proceeded towards Ratnapura, where we stopped and got hold of some essential items for the journey. It was a nice and a sunny morning and we weren’t in a hurry as our plan for the day was to reach Bambarakanda and stay the day at the Bambarakanda rest.

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Knuckles Mountain (6123ft) – An Adventurous Hike in Knuckles Range

Knuckles Mountain (6123ft) – An Adventurous Hike in Knuckles Range

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Last day we climbed Raxagala, which was an extremely rewarding hike to Dolosbage Range. We went to bed early as our main itinerary (hike to top of Knuckles Mountain) was scheduled on following day. Got up early and was able to get in to Mathale train from Gampola station.

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Raxagala / Raxshagala / Dolosbage Mountain Range (4691ft)

Raxagala / Raxshagala / Dolosbage Mountain Range (4691ft)

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Early morning we woke up with the sound mind thinking of the success of the previous day hike to peacock hill. Our original plan was to visit Knuckles on that day, but change of weather pattern gave us opportunity to visit Raxagala/Raxshagala in Dolosbage mountain range. We were determined to visit Dolosbage mountain range when we saw it from Mahaweli Maha Seya.

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Peacock Hill / Monaragala (4991ft)

Peacock Hill / Monaragala (4991ft)

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Night was young when we started the journey from Colombo and it took almost 3 hours to reach Gampola. We stayed at Dhanuska’s place. Next day early morning we left to hike Peacock hill after a tasty breakfast prepared by our friend’s mother.

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Uda Maliboda / Ihala Maliboda / Deraniyagala Route to Sri pada

Uda Maliboda / Ihala Maliboda / Deraniyagala Route to Sri pada

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I still remember after the continuous rain for days, when we (Me, Shashika, Nirmal, Lakmal) reached Pettah bus stand to board into an Avissawella bus the sky was clear we felt a cold breeze. As always Mother Nature supported us through out the journey… Thank you… Our plan was to reach Avaisawella by 8.30AM but it took more time than we estimated.

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Adventure to the Top of Conical Hill (7103ft)

Adventure to the Top of Conical Hill (7103ft)

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After enjoying the views of the 9th highest mountain we continued the journey towards Mipilimana to do the adventurous hike to Conical hill. We searched for Conical Hill for so long and thanks to Viraj we finally found it last night on the meter map and we abandoned Hakgalla hike to to this wonderful hike.

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One Tree Hill (6,890 ft)

One Tree Hill (6,890 ft)

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It was the second day of a wonderful trip and our main target was for the day was driving to the top of One tree Hill (Single Tree Hill) to enjoy the views and to do a hike to Conical Hill which is a extreme hike, other than the locals nobody has done it before. As we had 2 hikes lined up we had to hurry and we left after breakfast around 8.30AM.

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Namunukula Mountain (6,677 ft)

Namunukula Mountain (6,677 ft)

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Morning Rays came through the window gave us a wake up call for our journey. We had our breakfast and started the journey by 8.30AM. Our main target was to climb 5th peak (The Highest peak) in Namunukula Mountain range.

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Nalini Falls (Height or the Correct Name Unknown)

Nalini Falls (Height or the Correct Name Unknown)

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Although its the rainy season, the area was dried and all the water sources are taking their last breath. The first glimpse of the was fall after a long day hiking Namunukula four peaks and with limited water sources gave us hope and a exciting feeling. We saw the fall when we were returning to our accommodation and the moment we first saw it we knew it was special.

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At the door step of the Heaven

At the door step of the Heaven

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We were lost in a thick mist, the mist was so thick and I couldn’t even see my friends within two meters. The surrounding was freezing & wet but comfortable. It seemed to me that I am at the gate of the heaven. Yes it was; we were in the middle of a cloud forest.

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Aware Siripa Karunawa “ Rajamale | Moray | Sandagalathenna Route”

Aware Siripa Karunawa “ Rajamale | Moray | Sandagalathenna Route”

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Although we planned to use public transport as our transportation method, later arranged a van from Colombo to Moray Estate which saved lot of time. All the credit goes to our good friend Nirmal for arranging the van although he couldn’t join due to unavoidable circumstances. Mate, we missed you through out the journey.

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Off season Sri Pada Karnawa Sri Palabadgala | Raja Mawatha | Rathnpura Route

Off season Sri Pada Karnawa Sri Palabadgala | Raja Mawatha | Rathnpura Route

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We experienced a dry weather even its off season. Yet it was very cold at night we couldn’t sleep because of the cold and around 2AM we got up and stayed near Uda Maluwa. It was a godly. We experienced the tranquility of this scared place. That day I took a decision to climb Adams Peak every year in off season. There was another Nade who climbed up using Hatton route.

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Sigiriya, A tribute to Great King Kashyapa

Sigiriya, A tribute to Great King Kashyapa

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I my self last visited Sigiriya 11 years ago and I planned to visit the site many times, yet failed. The event organized by lakdasun.org to climb Pidurangala was tempting for me and my wife as we really wanted to explore Sigiriya.

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Nuwaragala Kanda, In search for the castle of King Mahasen

Nuwaragala Kanda, In search for the castle of King Mahasen

We started the journey 7.20AM and we used Wewala road and on our way we could witness the spectacular scenery. Near Wewala tank we saw a dog sounding almost like a fox and it was weird. As it seen the dog was the guard dog of the cattle of cows.

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Pidurangala, the sacred place worshiped by celestial maiden’s of Sigiriya

Pidurangala, the sacred place worshiped by celestial maiden’s of Sigiriya

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At first you might think where the heck this place is if you are unaware of the history of King Kashyapa. Sigiriya is the utmost tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and Pindurangala is right next to it which is 2KM away from Sigiriya entrance, yet neglected by most of the travelers.

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Ohiya – Kalupahana Jeep Track ( Devils Staircase | Devils Road )

Ohiya – Kalupahana Jeep Track ( Devils Staircase | Devils Road )

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We started the journey from Boralanda and traveled through Boralanda – Ohiya Road which was an interesting drive; road was in good condition most of the time and for few kilometers there is a nice drive through turpentine forest.

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Adventurous Hike to Wangedigala & Wangedigala Kand

Adventurous Hike to Wangedigala & Wangedigala Kand

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The Wangedigala and Wangedigala Kanda are two different peaks and we were not aware of that. Thanks to Mrs.Sera and her daughter we were able to spot the two peaks and were able to learn the difference. Wangedigala is a rock platform on the left side of the mountain and it’s like a stage and when it looked down from the resort we saw the shape of a “Wangediya”. Most people confused about Wangedigala and Wangedigala Kanda.

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One Special Trip to Kandy

One Special Trip to Kandy

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We checked lot of reputed hotels in Kandy before the wedding and most of them we were able to book with discounted rates through my sister in law who was in hotel trade. Yet we were curious about a less popular hotel with a very good view towards Knuckles Range. Ultimately we found the exact hotel we needed “Kandy Panaroma Resort”.

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