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|Year and Month||July 2016|
|Number of Days||One|
|Route||Kandy town -> Reservoir road off Rajapihilla Mw -> and back|
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This is a less known forest reserve within less than 2km from the Kandy City and is the only forest reserve in Sri Lanka maintained by a Municipal Council (MC of Kandy).
This was quite an unexpected trip and hence less pictures, sorry about that!
This is a hardly known forest reserve within minutes reach from the city of Kandy and the significance of this reserve being that it is the only forest reserve maintained outside the Forest Department, it being maintained by the Kandy Municipal Council and special permission is required to get it.
Not much information about this place was found on the internet hence I thought of sharing a quick insight into this lovely place.
The name Dunumandalawa means place where Bows were made, in ancient Kandy; a special technique was used to harden the Bow using mud therefore the name. It is an extremely beautiful location south of the city with a Reservoir in it too. More info about its fauna could be found here:
When we were there the guide said that there are about 4 leopards identified within the reserve.
Entering the reserve we drove up to the reservoir which had a lovely log cabin. From there the guide gave us Alum to apply on our feet as protection from the leeches. From there he lead us through a footpath to the highest point in the reserve. The hike was lovely with the tall trees of the Kandyan wilderness towering above us and the dried leaves on the ground added a lovely flavor to the hike. Unfortunately we did not come across any notable wildlife. On the small summit was a beautiful tree house which when climbed gave us a wonderful view of Kandy. The guide said that with proper approval even camping at the tree house is allowed. Spending some time there and having fun with an Air Rifle we came down via another path down to the reservoir. It would indeed be lovely to camp there.
As I said, it was a totally unplanned hike while we were on a one day road trip in Kandy and I was totally unprepared. We were able to go there because we were travelling with a VIP ;P