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|Year and Month||August, 2015|
|Number of Days||Two separate days|
|Transport||By car and Wewalthalawa road by three-wheeler|
|Activities||Waterfall hunting, photography|
|Weather||Both days- gloomy with intermittent sunshine|
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I was travelling between Karawanella and Rajagriya few times in the past month and had few opportunities to visit places close to Karawanella. 1st day I went to Yatiyanthota and took the Seaforth road. Seaforth road winds around villages and rubber plantation areas and Wee oya providing unique views. Though this road is not carpeted, it can be easily navigated by a car. But one needs to be careful while driving, not to take eyes off the road as road is narrow in areas and public buses and trucks moving with speed.
I started appreciating the beauties from Wee oya falls to Olu falls as listed below. All of them can be visualized from the road but needs to travel of the road for various distances to reach the base.
- Wee Oya falls 1 and 2
- Malalpola Falls
- Kithul Falls
- Punugala Falls/Anda dola cascade
- Gorak Falls
- Olu Falls
I didn’t go further uphill after Olu falls to view? Samanala falls as mentioned by Niroshan ayya in his report though I have already completed my journey by that time.
So I’ll let the pictures do the talking…..
First fall I came across is Wee oya Falls 1 & 2…. To add more fun I’ll post pics before and after the rain fall to show how deforestation has affected the beauties as on my way back it rained for 1 hr. It was a only a light shower.
Next on line is Malalpola falls, a road side cascade before Malalpola.
Next fall is Kithul falls, another roadside cascade along the way….
Next road side cascade I came across is Adadola falls…
Next in line is Gorak falls… It is seen in the distance….
As I approached Amanawela there was the Famous wooden bridge. And Olu falls came to my vicinity…
At Olu falls, I turned back and approached till I met the three way junction at Halgolla tea factory and parked my car. I hired a three-wheeler and moved on to my next phase which was Wewalthalawa- the heaven…… Following are some pics along the way… The road is pretty bad after the Superintends bungalow. One needs a 4WD vehicle or a lorry “bage” to handle this road…. It took 1 ½ hours to reach the plateau of Wewalthalawa…
Following reaching Wewalthalawa……
It was heaven.. But mist prevented me from enjoying the view on top…. Thus I gave up the idea of proceeding towards ITN towers and spent some time at Wewalthalawa plateau….. And turned back…. On the way downhill, mist cleared in few occasions… Following are some pics on the way down…
I finished my 1st day following Wewalthalawa. On another separate day, I paid a visit to waterfalls around Bulathkohupitiya… I was able to witness most of the falls but only after
Completing the day out, I realized that I have missed few in the process….
Waterfalls I visited
- Rikili Falls
- Nalagana Falls
- Rukmal Falls
- Diyagiri Falls
Falls I missed
- Welada Falls
- Punahela Falls
- Dummala Falls
All of these falls are situated along the Bulathkohupitiya-Dedugala-Dolosbage road except Puna hela fall which is located along Ruwanwella-Bulathkohupitiya road.
1st in line is Rikili falls…. And I had a nice battle with leeches to get to the base of Rikili Falls…..
Next stop was Nalagana falls which is found aound 6 kms from Bulathkohupitiya and Dedugala road. One needs to follow the road close to the notice board which leads to hydropower station. After 100 meters there is a footpath leading to the fall branching to left side from this road at the U curve close to the power station. This leads to a abandon mill and footpath lies through this mill.
Next waterfall was a roadside beauty named Rukmal falls…..
My next target was Diwagiri falls. I proceed along Dolosbage road from Dedugala until Ihala Palanpitiya. When you reach this small ‘town” ask directions from the locals. One has to take a concrete road which has intermittent concrete and muddy patches winding downhill from Palanpitiya small town towards right side, until you meet a Transformer. At the point of the transformer one needs to descend along the tea patch until you meet the 2nd house. Path lies along the backyard of the 2nd house.
One can reach the top of this fall if you take the concrete road to the right just before the ascend to Ihaala Palanpitiya town (around 1Km before the town) after the first descend.
It was a beautiful fall…..
End of the journey….