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|Year and Month||July, 2014 (25th)|
|Number of Days||Part of three days trip|
|Crew||Amila and My self|
|Transport||Bus, Three-wheeler and Walking|
|Activities||Photography, adventure and waterfall seeing|
|Route||Colombo -> Kalawana -> Pothuptiya(පොතුපිටිය) -> Denawak kanda –> (දෙනවක් කන්ද) -> Ilumbekanda (ඉලුඹුකන්ද) waterfall -> Returned in same route -> Pothupitiya|
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This beautiful waterfall is situated within the Sinharaja rain forest. It got my attention in my visit to Sinharaja in Kudawa side. But this was attempted by waterfall lovers from Morning side at Sinharaja. Mr. Thilakasiri (Caretaker of Morning side forest bungalow for a long time) confirmed the foot pathway to waterfall has been forested now. Then I was heard it can be attempted from Ilumbekanda side. From our inquiries at Pothupitiya town, we got to know it can be reached by Denawak Kanda.
After a strenuous three wheel journey (due to bad road condition), we came to Denawak Kanda. Our three wheel driver also agreed to join with us as he has not visited there before. His uncle was kind enough to show us the beginning of the foot pathway from the tea patch, but refused to come with us as he was busy with tea plucking. But he assured foot pathway is clear till the waterfall. Therefore this journey was an expedition for us.
Ilumbekanda Duwili Falls is 40m in height and it has three parts. We climbed up to top of the third part. Second part flows in two sides. It is difficult to reach lower part of third part. Earlier it was named as “Du Bili Wu Ella” (දූ බිලිවූ ඇල්ල) and later it became Duwili Falls. This is made by Heen Dola and later it joins with Kalu Ganga.
Mihinduthala Buddhist Hermitage (මිහිදුතලා ආරාණය සේනාසනය)
Mihinduthala Buddhist hermitage is situated 6km from Pothupitiya closer to the great rain forest of Sri Lanka-Sinharaja. It is surrounded by Beragala Mountain, Denawak Kanda and Sooriyakanda (සූරිය කන්ද) mountain range and a natural water stream flows into the hermitage.
This hermitage was started by Rev. Wiharahene Dammasiddhi Thero at 1978. You have to take right turn from the road towards to reach Mihinduthala Buddhist Hermitage.
Kira Wawa (කිරා වැව)
This small lake is situated closer to the road from Kalawana to Rakwana in between 8-9km posts in right hand side. This was constructed by a person called Kira (1820-1865) without a help from others. He has spent about 25years to build this lake (1840-1864) and used only “Kithul Hula” (කිතුල් හුල) and “Kolapatha” (කොලපත) as equipments.
Later he was given a wheel barrow and a hoe by British government. He was considered as a hero due to this activity.
Thank you for reading.