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|Year and Month||June, 2014 (8th)|
|Number of Days||One Day Trip|
|Crew||02 – Anupama and My self|
|Transport||Motor bike and walking|
|Activities||Mountain climbing, Sightseeing and Photography|
|Weather||Intermittent rain and gloomy|
|Route||Polonnaruwa -> Melsiripura (මැල්සිරිපුර)-> Maningamuwa (මානින්ගමුව) junction in Galewela –Matale road -> Ambokka Dewalaya road (අම්බොක්ක දේවාලය පාර)-> Ambokka Enasal Estate road (අම්බොක්ක එනසාල් වත්ත පාර)-> Ambokka Peak -> Returned to Maningamuwa junction -> Rusigama (රුසිගම) -> Selagama (සැලගම)-> Selagama Lime House Junction -> Biso Falls (බිසෝ ඇල්ල)-> Returned to Selagama Lime House Junction -> Selagama Mini World’s end/Hulangala (සැලගම කුඩා ලෝකාන්තය/හුලoගල) -> Yatawaththa(යටවත්ත)-> Ibbagamuwa (ඉබ්බාගමුව) -> Polonnaruwa|
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Ambokka which is an isolated mountain situated at the border of Kurunegala-Matale districts. (Border of Wayamba-Central provinces). It is also called Kondagala කොන්ඩගල (looks like a bunch of hair) and Salagama Kanda (සැලගම කන්ද). Special feature of this mountain is, most of the time peak is wrapped by the mist. No other peaks in this area are covered by the mist like this.
Climbing Ambokka Mountain takes about 2hours.You can do it from different areas, but I hope we did it in the best way.
I joined with Anupama at Melsiripura and we drove through Galewela-Matale road. This road has fairly good public transport system. Then we came to Maningamuwa junction where the road towards famous Ambokka Paththini Dewalaya starts. After inquiring from villagers at this junction we had positive answers about climbing.
After passing stone quarry, we noticed a road towards Ambokka Cardamom Estate in left hand side. We drove along this road till it ends. Then we started the journey to the peak. (One person at this estate discouraged us it is not possible to reach the peak without a guide. But we decided to climb without a guide).
First part of the climb is a steep ascend through Mana bushes and it took around 1hour to reach the top of the Mana patch. Always climb parallel to forest patch but within Mana bushes. You will notice the peak in your right hand side. At one point you have to go through a narrow forest patch and then another Mana patch would be noticed. No foot pathway within Mana bushes.
Highest point of Mana patch means one end of this mountain edge. Second part of the climb starts towards the peak begins from here through the forest patch. We could notice less demarcated foot pathway in the forest but not in all time. Always walk parallel to the edge of the mountain. Foot pathway has Nelu bushes and thorny bushes making difficult to walk there. After 1hour walk we reached the first peak of Ambokka mountain.
Ambokka has three peaks and third one is the highest out of three.
Experience on top of Ambokka was fantastic. We were rewarded by wind and mist but it was not cold as we expected. Then you can have a nice panoramic view when mist gets clear. We could view Yakdessagala (යක්දෙස්සාගල), Dolukanda(දොලුකන්ද) , Kimbulwana Lake(කිම්බුල්වාන වැව) and other peaks of Kurunegala district. On the other side Knuckles massif, Arangala (අරoගල), Wilshire Mountain and Salagama village were seen.
We could make our return journey by one hour.
Yatawaththa Biso Falls.
This 4m tall waterfall is situated in Selagama tea estate. Take your return journey from Maningamuwa junction through Salagama towards Yatawaththa. Take right hand turn from Selagama lime house junction and drive up to the Kovil. Then you have to go along the Marshy land in front of the Kovil to reach the waterfall.
Biso falls has low water level and this reminded me Sera Ella because of the cave behind the waterfall.
Famous story about seven princes is related here. They committed suicide by jumping from the base of the fall.
Selagama Mini world’s end/ Hulangala
This mini world’s end is situated at Selagama tea estate. You have to take the left hand turn from Selagama lime house junction to reach there. They issue a ticket for vehicles and then gate is opened. You have to walk or drive about 2km from there to reach this Mini world’s end
Thank you for reading.