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|Year and Month||November, 2013 (08th)|
|Number of Days||One Day Trip|
|Transport||By bus and Three wheeler|
|Activities||Photography and relaxation|
|Route||Battaramulla -> Kottawa -> Horana -> Ingiriya -> Mahaingiriya -> Madakada and Nachchimale by Keengahawila road.|
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Madakada proposed reserve. (මඩකඩ යෝජිත රක්ශිතය)
Madakada proposed reserve spreads to 400hectaer. There are two peaks in this forest named as Nambapana-නම්බපාන (296m) and Sapugaha Kanda-සපුගහ කන්ද (203m). Nambapana water stream/ Nambapana Ela-නම්බපාන ඇල flows from Labugama-ලබුගම area and flows through this forest reserve and join with Kalu River (කලු ගග). It is commonly named as Nachchimale Dola (නාච්චිමලේ දොල).
This reserve is a secondary forest started in 1975-1996 following destruction of initial forest. Abounded rubber estates and Chena can be seen inside the forest. Pines, Akeshia, Albesia, Molukana and Mahogany were planted as trees.
Madakada forest has high bio diversity. 90 bird species has been recorded here and 11 of them are endemic. There are 56 butterfly species and 17 out of them are endemic. They have founded 9 amphibian species and 3 of them are endemic.
Nachchimale Dola is a popular bathing place. There are 39 fish species in this water stream and 16 of them are endemic. Nachchimale Dola is under threatened of environmental pollution due to it’s popularity.
Madakada Buddhist Hermitage is situated closer to Nambapana Ela.
Madakada Buddhist Hermitage. මඩකඩ ආරණය සේනාසනය
The history of this Monastery goes back to 1940 and there were over 100 meditative monks living here at that time. The new Monastery was built by Rev. Ranwala Saddhathissa Thero (රන්වල සද්ධාතිස්ස හිමි) in 1948. At the ancient time this area was a forest area with caves and then after arrival of the Saddhathissa Thero for his meditations, this area became a forest monastery. “Madakada Aranya” is one of the premier “Vipassana” meditation centers in the country. It also has branches in places such as Navinna, Salgala and few other places in the country. Contribution of this center for religious well-being of Sri Lankan’s as well as for foreigners is invaluable.
Presently there are about 16 resident Buddhist sermons and 7 resident laymen practicing “Vipassana” meditation at any given time. As it is our Buddhist way of life they have been well looked after by devotees in their day to day needs.
We reached Mahaingiriya (මහ ඉoගිරිය) town around 8am and had our breakfast. Then we Went through Keenagahaiwla (කීනගහවිල) road by a three wheeler about 2-3km. The pathway to Buddhist hermitage was surrounded by trees and Nambapana Ela flowed on one side of the pathway. After about 1km walk we reached the entrance of Buddhist Hermitage. The time was around 10.30am. We had an opportunity to meet chief priest as that was the time for alms.
We were able to observe the walking of Buddhist monks for alms-“Pindapathwaya” “පින්ඩපාතය”. There are a lot of constructions inside the hermitage to be watched.
Following visiting at Madakada Buddhist Hermitage we decided to have a dip at Nachchimale Dola. As it was a weekday nobody there. If you need to capture birds in this forest reserve, Nachchimale Dola is the ideal place.
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