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|Year and Month||March, 2015|
|Number of Days||Two|
|Crew||Two ( Me and my better half)|
|Accommodation||Pinecrest Resort – Nilambe|
|Activities||History, Waterfall hunting, Hiking and Scenery|
|Route||Chilaw -> Kurunegala -> Peradeniya ->Nilambe -> Delthota -> Walapane -> Nildandahinna -> Rupaha -> Udupussellawa -> Welimada -> Ella -> Monaragala|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
** SPECIAL THANKS TO ** Viraj for giving me proper directions to Garundagala
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Both of us were looking for a getaway and this time we selected central hills rather than the usual dry zone. Went through the internet and finally found a nice place close to Nilambe. And yes the place was well worth and the perfect location with a window view towards Piduruthalagala western reaches (my kind of place). Though the food was terrible the surrounding environment made us forget it.
Day two was full of surprises. First we headed towards Delthota and took the Rikillagaskada road to reach Loolecondera estate which is supposed to be the first tea estate in SL (for directions please refer my previous report). Though I had been to Loolecondera I did miss out on Dotelagala hike which was a 15 minute climb from James Taylor’s log cabin. Once you reach the cabin you would find a foot path along the border of the tea estate on the right hand side. This will take you to another tea patch where you need to climb up along the border until a small forest patch is found. This will lead you towards the final ascend which is not difficult at all. This rocky ledge is one of those perfect outlook spots in central hills and I highly recommend it.
After getting down we visited James Taylor’s seat before departing towards Walapane. On the way to Walapane we came across Andawala Ella (Between Padiyapelella & Walapane) which was a gorgeous beauty. It is nice to see that the road work has been almost completed at many stretches along this scenic road. After passing Walapane we came to the stairway which led towards the Peace pagoda and took the right side road near it. It was a winding uphill journey where I encountered some tough hair pin bends. At one point we had to abandon the jeep because the road was blocked. From here onwards it was a long scenic walk to Kurundu oya falls. The view towards Randenigala was simply awesome. When we came to the gap where Kurundu oya falls could be seen we were overjoyed. I wonder why it took so long for me to visit this beauty which should have been done along ago. After enjoying this lady we reached back to Walapane and took the Nildandahinna road up to Rupaha.
The road From Walapane to Udupussellawa via Nildandahinna was carpeted and scenic so if you guys get a chance try and use it. Actually this is my shortcut to Bandarawela via Welimada and I have used this route on few occasions. Over next target a was “Garunda gala” where Blue marble / quartz could be found (the only place in SL). We are familiar with Pink quartz but we have never come across blue quartz so the visit was worth the trouble. Somewhere close to Rupaha there is a Bo tree on the left hand side of the road and opposite it is a road with a huge board directing towards Garunda gala. You need a 4wd to tackle this road and better to have some local guidance. We were offered guidance by a kind hearted local guy and we were thankful for that because it was already 5pm. One need to stick to the left on this road for about 3Km’s and at one point you would notice a downhill stair way to the left. Take this and you would end at Garunda gala. The Marble stone extends for about 2Km’s along the Gaunda oya according to locals. There was evidence of pieces been broken by visitors who were idiotic enough to take these as souvenirs. The road we took to Garunda gala will take one towards Ragala, so if there is any off-road adventure seeker this is for you guys. After thanking the villager we took off on a long journey towards Monaragala which was our final destination of this wonderful trip.