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|Year and Month||October, 2010|
|Number of Days||e planned it for 2 days. We ended up spending 3 days since it was difficult to find the exact route.|
7 (between 23-25 years of age) - Supun, Sandun, Chitral, Ruka, Sanjeewa, Pradeep & Me
|Accommodation||In “එනසාල් වාඩිය” (Cardamom Processing Hut) on first day and Camping on second day|
|Transport||Colombo to Bambarella from Bus, Bambarella to Ranamure by foot and return to Colombo by Bus|
|Activities||Wildlife, Photography, Hiking, Waterfall hunting|
|Weather||First two days cloudy and third day was Excellent|
|Route||Katubedda (Moratuwa) -> Colombo -> Kandy -> Bambarella -> Rathanagiriya estate -> Kalupahana -> Doovili Eli route and return on Ginikeliyawa patana -> Ramamure -> Pallegama -> Riverston -> Matale -> Colombo -> Katubedda|
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A night at Doovili falls,Kalupahana, one of my greatest dreams comes true
We started our journey from Katubedda at about 11.00pm in the night. The crew was seven. We reached Colombo Fort at 12.00 am by bus. Then we took the Kandy bus and reached Kandy by 4.40am. By 7.30am we were at Bambarella village. On the way we passed a lot of beautiful waterfalls and nice sceneries. Rahas ella, Hulu ganga falls, A fall near Hathale tea estate and Two falls near Hagalla estate are some of them. Unfortunately bus was moving fast and I couldn’t able get least one clear photograph of them. I think Hulu ganga create more than hundred waterfalls in Bambarella, Panwila, Wattegama area.
On the way we couldn’t see anything around us. We were totally covered by the mist. But leeches and rain meant that we were not alone. After one hour we entered the jungle.
Our gut feel said that we were in Kalupahana area. That is since we knew that Bambarella to Kalupahana distance is 10kms according to Forest department. Suddenly we came out of the jungle and the climate changed to be more dry. The foot path became slightly wider than what it was. Still there was no sign of a human being. After 15 more minutes, we arrived at a sign of an එනසාල් වාඩිය (Cardamom Processing Hut in the middle of the thick forest).
Time was 12.40pm. We were at “KMP” wadiya. After a speedy hike, we got a 30 minutes rest there. Fortunately we had come to the right place. Mr: Wickramasinghe who is a relation of the Principal of Rambukoluwa school gave us hot plain tea. He was the caretaker of that cardamom estate. He was of help to us and gave us good guidance. According to him, finding the road from there to Doovili Ali is not easy.
We started to find the road to falls. There were number of roads through enasal wathu. We had to mark our path from breaking the branches of bushes.
After an hour we came to an abandoned “wadiya”. According to instructions we should try to find a water stream and a foot path beside it. We came across two streams and went along them. We couldn’t find the foot path. So we return to to the abandon wadi. Time was 4.00pm. We had to make a decision before night fall. We decided to look for the path until 5.00pm. Then we went along the other stream. But no success. We had to return. We decided to return KMP wadiya quickly because that abandoned wadi was not enough for 7 people.
At 5.30pm we were back at KMP Wadiya. We found space to spend the night. There were three people in the wadiya. We share our meals with them. That Night was so cold……………..
Next day morning we decided to visit Doovili Eli and spend the night there. Two people from the wadiya joined us because they were also heading to an estate situated on the way Doovili Eli.
At 8.30am we started our hike. It was a very speedy one. The first path we tried yesterday was correct. We missed the path which was located just before two streams join. With the guidance of our new friends, finding the path was very easy. By 10.00am we could see our destination point.
No 1 waterfall is a small one which ia visible to Ginikeliyawa pathana. Unfortunately we did not have a better zoom lense and therefore was unable to get clear picture of that fall.
Early in the morning we prepared our meals and started the next part of the journey. We decided to return through Ranamure. The directions were given by people in KMP wadiya. We had only few landmarks and we have to find path ourselves. At 7.15am we departed from the cave. We crossed the river just after two streams joined and proceed through the jungle.
Early in the morning we prepared our meals and start the next part of the journey. We decided to return through Ranamure. The directions were given by people in KMP wadiya. We had only few landmarks and we had to find the way ourselves. By 7.15am we departed from the cave. We crossed the river just after the place where two streams joined and proceeded through the jungle.
This pathana was just before Ginikeliyawa pathana. Only few cattle were there. A line of very small trees was separating the Ginikeliyawa pathana and this pathana. We got a short rest there and started hiking through pathana. It was a large bare land only covered in grass. Because of that, villagers release their cattle here when the harvesting period is over.
The waterfall no 11 and 12 can only be seen from here. Still those are only two white lines for the naked eye.
Time was 11.00am. We went down further rapidly through the jungle. Now the tracks got complicated. We only followed the path that had cattle dung.
At 1.15pm we arrived to Main Street of Ranamure village. We washed our things from Halmini oya and got a small rest until the bus arrived. Then we got Pallegama > Reversten > Matale bus and came to Matale. At 1.00am we reached katubedda with lots of stories to tell!