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|Year and Month||July, 2012|
|Number of Days||4 Days|
|Crew||2 (25 years of age)|
|Transport||Motor bike and public transport|
|Activities||Water fall hunting, hiking, discovering scenic landscape, road travelling, Photography|
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Our basic target was to see the nine arches bridge at Demodera and travel around that area. We used different way to reach wellawaya instead of normal ways (not via Beragala or via Thanamalwila).
We have used a motorbike as our transport medium up to Pelwatte and for the return journey. Public transport is used for travel around the Badulla area in the third day.
We have travelled along the A8 from Horana to Rathnapura and then through A4 as usual up to Pambahinna junction(160 km post). We turned to the right at the Pambahinna junction(towards Sabaragamuwa university of Sri Lanka).
After passing several kilometers along this way The Samanalawewa reservoir is met.The road is closed during the night time and the entry and the exit of each vehicle to the samanalawewa area is recorded by the plant security.
The road up to Rajawaka is very scenic and it is completely laid through the jungle. You can easily see the famous Samanalawewa leakage at this road.
There is a sharp descent before the Kaltota town. Very scenic Kaltota paddy field can be seen by the road at a distance.
We have had our lunch from a small hotel at the Hambegamuwa bazaar and then we continued our journey for Pelwatte. Hambegamuwa wewa can be reached by a left turn from Hambegamuwa town.It’s a small tank having a beautiful view. We also have enjoyed some time at there.
After visiting the Hambegamuwa wewa we have continued our journey up to Pelwatte Sugar industries.
Instead of going through the Tanamalwila we have selected a shortcut road to reach the A4 at Kuda oya by turning left at Balaharuwa junction.This road has been newly carpeted and it is much better than the road up to Tanamalwila.
After proceeding several kilometers along the A2 highway; again we have turned to right by Handapanagala Junction. (The main access road to the sugar factory is through Wellawaya, we selected this road simply because to travel in the wilderness).
We have reached Sugar factory quarters at 5.00 pm and stayed night there.
Next day we have performed a sugar cane field visit in the morning time and a factory visit of Pelwatte sugar factory and attached distillery in the afternoon. The beauty of the view of sunrise over the area can’t be described using words.
This snake is very common in sugar cane fields. This photo was taken on a sub way in the field.
We have gone to see the Handapanagala wewa at the evening time. It is a nice place to stay some time. If anyone is interested on camping there it is an ideal place for camping.
We have gone to see the nine arches bridge at Ella, Dunhinda falls and Rawana falls in third day of the trip. Our transport medium was the public transport in this day because all above three places can be easily accessed by public transport.
A23 Wellawaya – Kumbalwela road is a scenic road to travel
The nine arches bridge is in between Ella and Demodara rail way stations. You can reach it even using normal ways if you are using a private vehicle by turning right at somewhere in between Kumbalwela and Demodara towns of Bandarawela Badulla highway. Anyway I think the best way is the walking along the railway track starting either Ella or Demodara. There are two tunnels in between those two stations but not much long tunnels.We started walking from the Ella station.
The gap between the rail track and the tunnel wall is very less in these lined tunnels. So make sure that you will not meet a train in the tunnel (specially this type.).But these types of tunnels also have a safety mechanism for pedestrians. Large manholes are made on either side of the walls. If someone is being going to meet a train in the tunnel he should quickly go in to the man hole until the train is passed. Anyway rock blasted tunnels have enough space between the tunnel wall and the track; so you don’t need to find such kind of man holes in such kind of tunnels.
We have taken the Mahiyangana bus from Badulla to reach the Dunhinda entrance.
When we come back we have got down at the Rawana falls and stayed sometime there
This is the final day of the four day trip and we have comeback through the Beragala A4 road.
Thank you for reading my report and your comments are highly appreciated…..