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|Year and Month||July, 2014 (9th and 10th)|
|Number of Days||Two Day Trip|
|Crew||02-Nirosh and Niroshan|
|Accommodation||Janahitha Guest House-Welimada|
|Transport||By bus, Three wheeler and walking|
|Activities||Photography and travelling|
|Weather||Good weather but intermittent drizzling|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
** Special thanks ** to Priyanjan and Mr. Wijepala (Archeology officer) for deep discussion and information about Keppetipola fortress.
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I was able to visit at following places at Welimada in two days.
- Bomburu Ella and climbing to top of Bomburu Falls.
- Ravan Falls
- Sthreepura cave expedition.
- Mana Falls
- Ganethanna RMV
- Ulugala RMV
- Keppetipola fort
- Diwrumpola Temple
Famous Bogoda wooden Bridge (බෝගොඩ ලී පාලම) and Boralanda government farm (බොරලන්ද ගොවිපල) are also closer to Welimada. I couldn’t go there.
Bomburu Falls (බෝඹුරු ඇල්ල)
Direction: Welimada (වැලිමඩ) ->Ambagasdowa (අඹගස්දෝව) ->Bomburu Ella village->Bomburu Ella
When we reached Bomburu Ella village, we were able to find the easiest foot pathway shown by the board. We had to walk about 2km to reach the waterfall but it was scenic.
Duulgolla Oya (දූල්ගොල්ල ඔය) (Named as Fort Macdonald River in colonial age) which is the main branch of Uma oya (උමා ඔය) makes Bomburu Falls. There is a main fall and a lot of accessory falls above (upper) and below (lower) the main falls. Bomburu Falls is considered as the widest water fall of Sri Lanka. It is height is 50m.
After enjoying with Bomburu Falls we decided to reach the top of the waterfall. I have noticed a pool and another cascade above main waterfall when I was searching in Google earth. Our aim was to visit there. But this hike was strenuous and difficult. Because there was no a proper foot pathway. Then acute steepness of this climb. In middle part of this climb we had to tackle thorny bushes. Once we reached the top it was a Pines area. But we couldn’t reach the point where it falls.
We were able to reach the top of upper Bomburu cascade which I noticed in Google earth.
Ravan Falls (රවන් ඇල්ල)
Welimada->Ambagasdowa->Bomburu Ella road 2nd mile post->Ravan Falls
This 40m height waterfall is situated in Uduhawara (උඩුහාවර) village. You have to get right hand side road at 2nd mile post. Then travel along that road about 1.5km to reach the waterfall. It was very easy to find this waterfall.
Sthreepura (ස්ත්රීiපුර) cave expedition
Sthreepura/Esterepure (Survey map has spelled it like this) has an underground lime cave. It can be approached from Welimada by two ways.
Early morning we caught the Lucky land bus (Destination called Lucky land) at 7.10am from main bus stand at Welimada. We got down at junction where Kirawanagama (කිරවානගම) road starts. It is a continuous ascend from here and road condition was initially good and later it was bad. Kirawanagama can be directly approached from Welimada.
After inquiring from villagers we found cave entrance which was in middle of a Pines patch. It is bit difficult to find the place as direction/board was not there.
Before I come to Welimada, I inquired about this cave from few people in Welimada. They said now we can’t walk inside the cave as pathway is blocked by soil and sand. All of them have visited there few years ago. But I wanted to go there and see at least the cave entrance.
When I got into the cave I realized my pre-information is wrong.
First you have to go down about 3-4m through the entrance to land on cave ground. There were two logs to use that. Once you enter the cave it branches into right and left sides. First we walked along right side pathway. It was bit narrow and only one person can walk at once and you have to bend down a bit. After about 50m we found it is blocked by soil and stones. Then we turned back and followed the right hand side one.
Compared to left branch, right branch is tall and wide; even 3-4 people can walk there together without bending. It became wider and wider but descended. We went down there about 100m and turned back as we two only in this expedition, we were bit scared to move further. (Later I discussed with a nearby villager and found we can walk there about 3km or even further.)
Sthreepura cave has fairly dry walls, roof and floor compared to my previous cave expeditions in Ekiriya (ඇකිරිය) and Wavulpane (වවුල්පනේ). We noticed hundreds of cockroaches there and frogs were eating them. Only few bats we met along the part we walked .I think it has only few bats as floor of the cave is free of bat droppings. It made easy to walk there. Another plus point is no inside water streams.
We didn’t feel any breathing difficulty along the area we walked. I have decided to go there back with more man power and good preparing to walk the full length.
Manawela Falls (මානාවෙල ඇල්ල)
Manawela falls can be reached along Lunuwaththa (ලූණුවත්ත) road from Welimada. After you pass Lunuwaththa town you will come across a Kovil/tea leaf collection center in your left hand side. Go along the road in front this Kovil. After about 500m, small tank would be appeared in right hand side. Upper part of the waterfall can be seen following that and it can be reached by the foot pathway. Seven basins can be seen there.
Manawela falls is a twin fall with 22m height. Base of the waterfall can be reached along a different foot pathway. It didn’t have much water in our visit.
Historical information of this waterfall goes till King Manabarana (මානාබරණ) period. (A.D 636-731). He has spent leisure time with his wives bathing at seven basins.
Divurumpola Temple (දිව්රුම්පොල පන්සල)
Diwrumpola temple is situated about 3km away from Welimada town towards Nuweraeliya at Nugathalawa (නුගතලාව).
Divurumpola means a “place of oath.” This is the place where Sita underwent the “Agni” test to show her purity.
Nowadays you can see only few ancient pillars at this temple premises other than new constructions. But it is a popular attraction between tourists especially who admire Rama-Rawana story.
Keppetipola Fortress (කැප්පෙටිපොල බලකොටුව)
Keppetipola town is situated 6km away from Welimada town towards Nuweraeliya. Keppetipola fortress is situated close to the post office.
The name Keppetipola is used since 1968 to commemorate Monarawila Keppetipola Disawe (මොණරවිල කැප්පෙටිපොල දිසාවේ) who was the leader of 1818 rebellion against British. This area was called as Palugama (පාලුගම) earlier. Initial name was Wilson plane/ “Wilson Thenna” (විල්සන් තැන්න).
Keppetipola Fortress was built by Dutch and British army used it in 1818 rebellion. Later it was used as a horse house.
Nowadays you can see only the outer wall of the fort. This wall is higher than walls of other fortress built in same period. Inside building is used as a weaving school. (Later constructions.)
Ganethanna RMV (ගනේතැන්න රජමහා විහාරය)
This ancient temple belongs to Anuradhapura period and made by King Walagamba. At the moment you can see evidences of Kandyan era only.
You have to turn at Ganethanna junction at Welimada-Lunuwaththa road and travel another 1km to reach the temple. As temple premises have been extended over large area stone pillars can be seen even outside of the temple.
Ulugala Temple (උල්ගල විහාරය)
Ulgala temple is situated about 8kms away from Welimada at Welimada-Kotaweheragala (කොටවෙහෙරගල) road. This temple also belongs to King Walagamba period.
Thanks for reading.