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|Year and Month||2014 January 20th, 2014 February 04th and 05th|
|Number of Days||Three Day Trip|
|Crew||3 – Ashan, Wuminda and My self|
|Transport||Public transport-by bus, Three wheel and walking|
|Activities||Waterfall seeing, Sightseeing and Photography|
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Matale-Illukkumbura-Pallegama road (B 274) gives access to number of waterfalls and tourist destinations like Riverstone, Pitawala Pathana etc. During this three days journey we covered following waterfalls.
Waterfalls visited during this trip (Order from Matale)
- Bambarakiri Ella (බඹරකිරි ඇල්ල)
- Pitawala Pathana Ella-1(පිටවල පතන ඇල්ල-1)
- Pitawala Pathana Ella-2 (පිටවල පතන ඇල්ල-2)
- Raththinda cascade (රත්තින්ද ඇල්ල)
- Wadda Pani Ella (වැද්දා පැනි ඇල්ල)
- Wambatuhena Ella (වම්බටුහේන ඇල්ල)
- Bambarungahana Ella (බඹරුන් ගහන ඇල්ල)
- Sera Ella (සේර ඇල්ල)
Road guide (Waterfalls in bold letters)
Bambarakiri Ella (3m)
This couple of waterfall can be found at Bambarakiri turn of Matale-Illukkumbura road. It is fairly popular place. It has two waterfalls as Maha-Bambarakiri Ella (මහ බඹරකිරි ඇල්ල) 7°29’43.02″N, 80°41’57.01″E and Punchi Bambarakiri Ella 7°29’41.05″N, 80°41’56.76″E (පුoචි බඹරකිරි ඇල්ල).
Wambatuhena Ella (7°33’13.46″N, 80°46’4.34″E)
This 10m tall waterfall is situated in left hand side of the road towards
Puwakpitiya from Puwakpitiya junction. The water stream comes from Pathana village (පතන ගම) and later joins with Thelgamu Oya.
Bambarungahana Ella (3m) 7°34’40.19″N, 80°44’4.73″E
This beautiful waterfall is situated at Puwakpitiya village. Getting closer to the waterfall is bit challengeable task. You have to get the foot pathway on left hand side of Puwakpitiya temple. Then walk about 1km to reach the waterfall. The origin is Dunumadala Oya (දුනුමඩලා ඔය).
(Villagers of Illukkumbura don’t know about such a waterfall. Always ask from Puwakpitiya village)
Sera Ella 7°35’17.95″N, 80°45’18.57″E
She is the queen out of these beauties. Sera Ella is situated at Poththatawela (පොත්තටවෙල) village. The origin is Puwakpitiya Oya. It is one of a widest waterfall in Knuckles range (about 35m width). Two waterfalls can be seen here. Sera Ella has an additional feature of a cave which is situated behind the waterfall. A Bird species called “Seru” were here to give the name – Sera Ella.
You can drive up to the foot pathway towards Sera Ella. There is a nice foot pathway to the waterfall. It branches to the base of the waterfall and to the cave of the waterfall.
Walking from Poththatawela to Kambarawa.
This was a reward for us. After visiting Sera Ella we didn’t have a time to catch the bus from Hettipola to Matale at Illukkumbura. The next available option to get a bus is to walk from Sera Ella to Kambarawa.
The total distance was about 5kms and it took 2 hours to reach Kambarawa. There was a mortable road from Kambarawa to Poththatawela a decade ago. But it has been forested and now only a foot pathway can be seen. This was an unexpected beauty. It was nice to walk along this foot pathway which was bordered by the forest.
Pitawala Pathana Ella-1 (Approxiamte-7°33’10.46″N, 80°44’26.73″E)
This 75m tall waterfall is situated at Pathana village. Origin is Pathana Dola (පතන දොල). After making Pitawala Pathana Ella-1 and Pitawala Pathana Ella-2 (Unnamed waterfall, we have named as Pitawala Pathana Ella-2) it joins with Puwakpitiya Ganga.
You can observe the full cascade of this waterfall flowing down from Pitawala Pathana at Puwakpitiya village.
Reaching to Pitawala Pathana Ella-1 is not an easy task. First you have to go to the abounded village called “Pathana Gama” පතන ගම and then take the help of the guide called “Ekanayaka Mama.” (Most of the villagers in Pitawala and Illukkumbura are not aware of this waterfall and haven’t visited there.)
Pathana Village and Redbana Company (Narrated by Ekanayaka Mama)
The story of Pathana Village is interesting. This village was established by Redbana Company in 1960-1970 for cultivation of cardamom. Initially it had about 150 families and functioned as a village with a school and a temple. After 10years this cardamom cultivation project was given up by the company. Then villagers moved to their initial residences and village was invaded by the forest. At the moment only two villagers live at this abounded village. Ekanayaka Mama is one of them.
You have to walk about 3km from Red Bana junction of Matale-Pallegama road (after 33km post) to Ekanayaka Mama’s house. Then another 1hour walk to Pitawala Pathana Ella-1. There is no proper foot pathway to the waterfall and leeches are often come across.
Then Ekanayaka Mama accompanied us for another beautiful waterfall made by the same water stream down to Pitawala Pathana Ella-1. This waterfall is bit taller than the previous one and more beautiful than it. I would like to name it as Pitawala Pathana Ella-2 as it is unnamed. Pitawala Pathana Ella-2 is much popular among Puwakpitiya villagers than Pitawala Pathana Ella-1.
Pitawala Pathana Ella-2 (Approxiamte-7°33’15.26″N, 80°44’27.63″E)
Raththinda Ella (7°31’24.00″N, 80°44’59.98″E)
This waterfall is situated at Pitawala village. It is a cascade of three parts and clearly visible to surrounding areas like Pitawala Pathana, Maningala. There is a foot pathway towards the middle part of the cascade from Pitawala village. (About 1km journey). Once you come to the middle part you can go to upper and lower parts of the cascades. There is a nice foot pathway which goes along a private land to connect with other side of the waterfall. We followed the first one to reach the waterfall and other one to come down.
Wedda Pani Ella (7°31’2.08″N, 80°45’21.27″E)
This waterfall is made by Thelgamu Oya when it flows under the bridge connecting Raththinda and Atanwala villages. It is about 6m height waterfall. To get a clear view of the waterfall, you have to get down to Thelgamu Oya. There is another small but beautiful waterfall about 50m down to Wedda Pani Ella.
Due to the death of a Wadda by falling down from this waterfall is the reason for this name.
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