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|Year and Month||January, 2011|
|Number of Days||3 days (two nights)|
|Crew||3 (between 22-62 years of age), I was the only one below 55.|
|Accommodation||Day 1 : Sorabora Village, Sorabora Wewa Rd, Mahiyanganaya
Tel : 0552257149, Triple room 1750/= foods are ok.
Tel : 0776573647, Triple room 1500/= foods are ok.
|Transport||Car (Hyundai Accent) & Three Wheelers
We used Three wheelers to reach Buduruwagala, Bambarakanda Fall and Bogoda Temple.
|Activities||Pilgrimage, Photography, Waterfall hunting, Scenic drives and visiteding archeological sites|
|Weather||Rained in afternoons all three days.|
|Route||Day 1 :
Colombo -> Kandy ->Randenigala(B492 Raja Mw.) -> Minipe(B474)-> Mahiyanganaya -> Mapakadawewa(B492 Badulla Rd.)-> Uraniya(B46 Buttala Rd)-> Mahiyanganaya (return same root)-> Sorabora Wewa(Plonnarauwa Rd.)
Day 2 :
Mahiyanganaya -> Badulla -> Haliela -> Kumbalwela -> Ella -> Wellawaya
Wellawaya -> Beragala -> Pelmadulla -> Colombo -> Kandana
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We planned this trip to visited Victoria, Randenigala, Loggal Oya and Sorabora Wewa dams, Mahiyanganaya, Nagadeepa, Muthiyangana, Bogoda and Buduruwagala temples, and Dunhinda, Rawana Ella, Diyaluma, Bambarakanda and Kirindi Ella waterfalls.
We started form Kandana at about 4.30 in the morning. The crew was three in a car. I was driving the car. We took about 25lts of water with all other belongings.
Drive to Kandy and to Victoria via Raja Mw was eventless. Raja Mw was not very good and we met many sand tippers coming one after another. But this was the best root because the 18 bend road was heavily under construction and we also had an idea to visited dams.
We had to turn left and travel 4km to reach the Victoria dam. We didn’t able to go very close because we didn’t get the permission before the trip. The reservoir was full because of the heavy rains during the past weeks.
We visited Randenigala Dam which is alongside the road. We stop the vehicle and had a good view of the marvelous civil engineering work. After visiteding the dam we took the road across Minipe to reach Weragantota and Mahiyanganaya. That root is shorter than the Badulla road but the road was not in a good condition and there were many pot hotles.
We visiteded Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara which is in the Mahiyangana town, on our way from Werangantota to Mahiyanganaya. From Mahiyangana we took the Badulla road and trava about 4km to reach Mahiyangana Temple. There was a heavy rain when we reach there. We took our lunch inside the vehicle because we were unable to find a better place because of the rain.
After the lunch we drove along the Badulla road and turned left to Buttala road at Mapacadwewa to reach Nagadeepa Viharaya. Many people along the road helped us to find the root. We had to turn from the Buttala road after passing Uraniya junction and travel about 4km along a narrow road to reach the temple. There is a board and it is not difficult to find the road if you ask form one or two people alongside the road. The road was ok for a car.
Nagadeepa Vihara is a very sacred place and there are many things to be developed. If you visit this place please try to contribute in some way.
It was about 5.30 pm when we reach Mahiyanganaya after visiteding the Nagadeepa temple. We drove along Polonnaruwa road about 500m and turn to the Sorabora Wewa road to reach the Sorabora Village where we spent the night. The place and the foods were ok for the price. But the Sorabora Wewa road was very bad because of the heavy rains but can be managed by a car.
On the second day we started our journey at about 6.30 am. First we visited Sorabora Wewa which is very close to the place we stayed. The scenery was very beautiful. If you like you can take a boat(oru) ride around the lake. But there are no life jackets and I cannot recommend it.
After visiting Sorabora Wewa we took the Badulla road and we reach one of the most beautiful places we visited on our trip, the Loggal oya reservoir. Badulla road is running alongside the reservoir and you must stop there if you travelling along that road.
Our next stop was the Dunhinda falls, which may be the most commercialized waterfall in Sri Lanka. The entrance is located next to the Badulla road and very close to Badulla. You have to walk about 1km to reach the waterfall along a well maintained road with steps. The waterfall was very beautiful as usual and there were lot of water because of heavy rains. It takes maximum 40 minutes to reach the waterfall.
We left the Dunhinda Falls to reach Muthiyangana temple which is located in the Badulla town. Because it was first of January there were lot of pilgrims.
We left Badulla after taking the lunch and took the Hali-ela road to visited Bogoda temple and the world oldest wooden bridge. We had to turn right from the Hali-ela junction and travel about 11km along a narrow road to reach the temple. You can find the road easily by asking from someone in Hali-ela. Three wheel drivers are best people to ask roads. But we had to travel about 5km by a three wheeler because the road was very bad because of the heavy rains and it was impossible to travel by a car. The hire was 250 rupees.
Our next destination was the very famous Demodara railway station. It is a marvelous civil engineering work. We had to travel about 1km from the Badulla – Bandarawela/Wellawaya road to reach the railway station. There is a model of the railway track in the station which you can watch if you request. We traveled along the railway track and through the tunnel and it was a nice experience. But you should confirm from the station that there are no trains at the time.
After visiting Demodara we turned left at Kumbalwela junction and drove along the scenic Ella – Wellawaya road. The Rawana Ella waterfall is alongside the road.
We reached Little Rose Inn at about 6.30pm. It was a nice place and the foods were also ok.
We started our journey to Buduruwagala at about 6.30 am. Buduruwagala junction is about 5km away from Wellawaya. There is a school near the junction and a big board with a Buduruwagala photo. First 600m of the road was concreted and after that the road was very bad because of the heavy rains. We came back and find a three wheeler with the support from a person in the nearby shop. It is about 6km journey from the junction through a partly concreted muddy road to reach the temple. The hire was 450 rupees.
We came back to Wellawaya after visiteding Buduruwagala and took the Beragala road. The road was narrow and there were many pot holes. But the drive was very scenic.
Diyaluma waterfall is alongside the road. It had lot of water because of the heavy rains and was very attractive.
After reaching Beragala we took the Colombo road to reach Kalupahana. We had to turn right and travel about 5km to reach Bambarakanda waterfall. The road can be managed by a car, but we took a three wheeler because it was lazy to drive along the difficult road with many bends and pot holes. The hire was 350 rupees.
After passing Pelmadulla we turned right and travel about 5km to reach Kirindi Ella water fall. This road was also narrow and there were lot of pot holes. But it was not very difficult to reach the waterfall by the car. There are cement steps and you have to go down a bit along steps to have a good view.
We had our lunch near the waterfalls and there was a heavy rain. We drove directly to Colombo after visiting the waterfall and we reached home at about 7.30pm after an unforgettable journey.