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|Year and Month||July 2012|
|Number of Days||One day trip|
|Activities||Waterfall hunting, Scenic drive|
|Weather||Sporadic rain throughout the journey|
|Route||Delgoda –> Weliveriya –> Kirindiwela –> Urapola –> Gonagaldeniya –> Ruwanwella –> Bulathkohupitiya –> Dedugala –> Ihala Pelampitiya –> Dolosbage –> Sinhapitiya junction –> Hemmatagama –> Horawela -> Aranayake –> Mawanella –> Belummahara -> Delgoda|
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We left delgoda at 5.30am and was experiencing rain for the next 1 ½ hours till we reached our first attraction of the day at Ampagala, Bulathkohupitiya being Suramba/Punahela ella.
After waiting for about 10 minutes till the rain subsided we decided to get a closer look at the falls
Afterwards we turned towards dedugala-dolosbage road from bulathkohupitiya where we were to find 4 more waterfalls along this road, the first being “Rikilla Ella”.
This 90m fall was located about 5km from bulathkohupitiya onto the left hand side of the road
The road was narrow and winding through rubber estates when we reached the next waterfall which was “Nalanganana Ella”. Although these areas were experiencing constant rain in the past the level of water on the fall was significantly low due to water being diverted for hydro power generation..
“Springing from the Ritigaha Oya reservoir, the Nalangana Falls comprises a number of chutes, each measuring about 40m in height. The fall is situated at Dedugala, 9km east of Bulathkohupitiya. The nearest town is Bulathkohupitiya, and the Kitulgala rest-house is 41km away.”–Lanka Council on Waterfalls
Next up was “Rukmal ella” which was right beside the road..
“This 20m fall is best viewed from the highway. To reach it from Bulathkohupitiya, travel along the road to the east for 13km. It is 45km from Kitugala rest-house” – Lanka Council on Waterfalls
After a 30 minute drive from rukmal falls we reached ihala-pelampitiya at an altitude 865m above msl with the intention of visiting “Dewagiri falls”. We stopped our vehicle at the “kadamandiya” which has only 2 shops and after speaking to a couple of people we got to know that the name of the waterfall we were looking for was called “Diyaangiri ella”.
“Despite being 90m in height, Devagiri Falls is unpopular with visitors as the route involves a trek through tea estates and difficult terrain. It is also not possible to get a close view.The source of the fall is the Dedugala Ehala Palanpitiya (mountain), in the Kegalle District”– Lanka Council on Waterfalls
On our return from the falls the weather soon changed and started to rain heavily
After an unsuccessful attempt at finding shelter under a clove tree we decided to head back to the vehicle since we were already drenched.
The drive from ihala-pelampitiya to dolosbage, although slow due to very bad road conditions was an enjoyable one with the heavy mist cover we experienced after the rain. The drive through the mist although not as heavy brought back fond memories of one of our past trips
It was all downhill from Dolosbage and by about 4pm we reached Horawela, the turnoff for Ahupini (Asupini) ella. This route towards ahupini ella is the not so easy route as you have to walk for about 3km and the final part of it going through thick “mana” patches.
After a very enjoyable journey we were back home by 9.30pm.
P.S: the more easier route towards Ahupini ella is from cooroonduwatte between Gampola and Dolosbage. The approach to the fall is from the top