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|Year and Month||13 May, 2014|
|Number of Days||1|
|Crew||2 (Tony and Me)|
|Activities||Photography, Hiking, Waterfall Hunting, Archaeology, etc…|
|Route||Maharagama->Avissawella->Kuruwita->Erathna->Back to Kuruwita->Ratnapura->Malwala->Sri Palabaddala->Back to Malwala->Wewelwatte->Ratnapura->Maharagama.|
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Hiya everyone and Sri is back with the 2nd of his new variety of trip reports, Waterfall Hunting. I guess you’ve enjoyed the 1st and hoping this too would arouse your interest and make you wanna pay a visit to these beautiful girls ASAP.
After our Hunt on 01 May, I was yearning to do more of them as the season is ideal for it. However, there was this nagging feeling in the back of my mind about visiting Batadomba Lena as well for the past year or so. My visits to Beli Lena, Pahiyangala and Alawala Pre-Historic caves stimulated this idea more and more so decided to get two birds with one stone.
Tony managed to get permission from his Royal Highness and joined me for the 2nd leg of Tour de Waterfalls with his ever so trusted bike which is as old as him. We met around 4.30am and hit the High Level Road and were on our way merrily. However come Godagama and Tony suddenly braked hard to avoid a ghost Tuk-tuk which drove across with no lights whatsoever. The result was the headlamp of our bike came off and was hanging from the wires as a result of the brake. Just imagine how old is the bike and Tony himself. I was worried right throughout that Tony might fall apart just like the bike.
We reached Pussalla just after Parakaduwa where we came across this nice eating place called Suwa Rasa Hala managed by the Ayurvedic Department of Sabaragamuwa Province. It’s on the right hand side of the main road bordered by a dozen or so Na Trees (Our National Tree). We sat down for a meal of very tasty Kola Kenda with real Kithul Jaggery which soon followed by a plateful of rice and curry stimulating our tasty buds to no end. They sell these organic and authentic SL foods such as Varieties of Rice, Garlic in Bee Honey, Ayurvedic Medicine, etc.
After a hearty meal which I had to restrain Tony with a difficulty, we headed towards Kuruwita where this majestic journey was about to begin.
1. Batathota Cave aka Diva Guhawa, Erathna
2. Batadombalena Pre-Historic Cave
3. Elle Gedara Falls, Elle Gedara
4. Dumpus Falls, Gilimale
5. Mapalana aka Mapanana Falls, Mapalana, Sri Palabaddala
6. Haalmehi Falls, Sri Palabaddala
7. Kadurugal Dola Falls, Wewelwatte
8. Beruwatte Falls, Wewelwatte
9. Dehena Falls – Revisited, Amunuthenna
10. Hal Falls – Revisitied, Amunuthenna
11. Katu Kithul Falls – Revisited, Amunuthenna
12. Aanda Falls, Meegasthenna, Galabada
We reached Kuruwita and took the turn off towards Erathna where one of the many routes to Sacred Sri Pada.
Batathota Cave aka Diva Guhawa
Take the Kuruwita-Erathna Road and after about 10km you’ll get a turn off to your left with the signage. This will take you straight to the steps of Batathota Cave Temple. You have to climb about 500-600m to reach the cave with a gigantic Buddha Statue. Unfortunately the door was closed to the cave that held the statue as we reached the place around 8.00am.
There’s another cave complex called Sthreepura close by but the path is almost completely blocked by the overgrowth and we couldn’t find anyone interested in showing us the path. One of the electricians we met at the cave informed that the path hasn’t been used for a very long time and very much covered by the dense forest. Apparently it’s a very large complex with a tiny opening to go deep inside.
Batadombalena Pre-Historic Cave
Take the Kuruwita-Erathna Road for about 2-3km and take a turn to the right at Ekneligoda Walauwa. It is Guruluwana Road and you’ll find a sign-posting put up giving the distance is 5km from there. You’ll have to keep an eye out for the head of the trail which has both an Archaeological Department signage and a name board announcing “Batadamobalena Road” which is not actually a road but a footpath through rubber and tea patches about 1km in length.
We saw a roadside falls which apparently also being called “Arambe Ella”. This had very little water and our friend Wije too had visited this recently and there had been a little bit more water (Wije’s Report here). However, the documented Arambe Ella which is more than 55m in height, is located somewhere in Masimbula on Rakwana-Godakawela Road.
Elle Gedara Falls
From Kuruwita, continue along the A4 towars Rathnapura passing Paradise, Kahengama and Batuhena. Just before the Amuthagoda Junction, there’s a left turn off towards Elle Gedara (Panukarapitiya-Palm Garden Road). Take this road for 2-2.5km and you’ll come to what we call a “Sapaththu Palama” and the waterfall is just to the right.
Just remember, to see the real falls you have to go about 50m uphill along the waterway. What you see from the road is just the Lower Elle Gedara Falls.
From Rathnapura, take the Wewelwatte road and it’ll fork at Malwala. The left one going to Siripagama (Sri Palabaddala) while the right one towards Wewelwatte and Balangoda. Take the left towards Sri Palabaddala towards Gilimale. Passing the main bridge at Gilimale (more like an enclosed but a narrow one) head further towards Induruwa Bridge which is with no railings on either side just before the 9th-km post.
The falls is just to the left about 10-15m from the bridge. According to a bunch of village boys who were bathing, the base pool is very deep. One claimed nearly 40ft but Tony didn’t offer to go find it for himself so we’re stuck with the boy’s word.
Go right up to Sri Palabaddala along the Siripagama Road. At the junction, the left one takes you to Siripagama while the right to Mapalana Village. The road is not in very good condition for a low-clearance vehicle. Mapalana Falls is located about 2km from Sri Palabaddala with a gigantic sign directing you.
There’s a footpath through a tea patch for about 100m to reach the base of the falls.
This is also located along Sri Palabaddala-Malapana Road about 800m before the Malapana Falls at a small bridge or what we call a “Bokkuwa”.
Take the footpath parallel to the river through a tea patch uphill for about 500m. It’s possible to tackle this along the river itself when it’s not raining or water levels are high. You will get straight to the falls.
I was wondering why this was called Haalmehi Falls coz it means Sprats but nobody was nearby to ask. Then Tony offered the explanation saying compared to the gigantic Mapalana Falls, this one looks very tiny and like a Sprat thus the name.
Just be careful coz not many people know about this falls or they simply don’t consider this to be a falls as they keep seen the mighty Mapalana day and night. We were lucky to find that one person who knew it by name.
Kadurugal Dola Falls
This is located around 26th-km post along Wewelwatte Road from Ratnapura at a large bridge. You have to go towards the left through a footpath to see this falls. This is not actually a documented one but all the same creates a nice waterfall.
Madanagiri Falls is from the same water source somewhere uphill and difficult to reach. However you can see her about 200-300m further towards Wewelwatte from the main road.
Kadurugal Dola on 04 Aug 2013
Just see the amount of water at that time.
This is about 2km from Wewelwatte towards Balangoda. You’ll see a faded sign giving the distance 2km on your way just before Wewelwatte Town. From Wewelwatte Town, the left road takes you towards Alupola Estate where the famous Alupola Ella is located and the straight road goes to Balangoda and about 1.5-2km away is the Beruwatte Falls. Along the way, you’ll get a clear view of the distant Alupola falls to the left just and you get a view of Beruwatte falls when going towards Alupola Ella.
You’ll meet a house onto your right just by the road with a kitchen built of earth (Katu Mati Gahapu Kussiyak) and just next to it is a footpath towards the falls about 400m away.
This falls is located at Amunuthenna along the Wewelwatte Road. This is just by the road and you can’t miss it. We saw this in full flow on 04 Aug 2013. You can see the comparison looking at the pics.
Dehena Ella on 04 Aug 2013
What a vast difference?
This one is also just by the roadside before Dehena Ella when coming from Ratnapura. As I’ve mentioned before, we saw plenty of water on 04 Aug 2013 but this time there was barely any water. Water was dribbling down along the rocky surface and it really was an abysmal view.
Just remember this has two waterfalls either side. The one on the right is called Hal Ella while the one on the left has no name.
Pics taken on 04 Aug 2013
You can see the difference for yourself.
Katu Kitul Ella
This one lies just before the Hal Ella, about 50m before when coming from Ratnapura along the same Wewelwatte Road. As Hal Ella, there was hardly any water to see.
Katu Kitul Ella too on 04 Aug 2013
She too was no different with plenty of water then.
This is also found along Wewelwatte Road and when coming from Ratnapura around 12km later you’ll meet a huge bridge with 12/1 sign painted on it by the RDA in Meegasthenna. This is just before the Galabada Village.
There’s a footpath to the falls which is roughly 200m to the left just before the bridge. This is also visible from the road passing the bridge.
Well folks, this is the second of my Waterfall Hunting journeys and hopefully there will be a few more for you to see.
Do check my Video Journey too below for more real-like experience.
Keep tuned in (just like most of the FM channels would say).
Take care and keep travelling…