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|Year and Month||2016 March 28th|
|Number of Days||One day|
|Crew||02-Kaweesha and myself|
|Accommodation||It is a part of two days trip. Previous day night at Sandilka guest Balangoda
|Transport||Bus, Three wheel and climbing|
|Activities||Sightseeing, Photography and Archaeology|
|Route|| Balangoda -> Kalupahana -> Gala Pita Yaya Estate -> Gala Pita Gala (ගලපිටගල) -> Kalupahana (කලුපහන) -> Colombo
If you want to view only : Haldummulla (හල්දුම්මුල්ල) -> Walhaputhanna (වල්හපුතැන්න) -> World’s end lodge
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Gala Pita Gala (ගලපිටගල) is an unusual rock formation found at Kalupahana area. There are three rocks and largest one on the smaller one is balanced on flat rock surface with small contact. It has been there for thousand years without fallen down. Therefore it is called “Gala+Pita+Gala”(Rock on the other). Also it is called “Hellena Gala” හෙල්ලෙන ගල (Swinging rock). Because one can move the rock by a finger.
We can see structures of a face on this top rock. Prof. Raj Somadewa (Archaeologist) says this face is a creation of pre historical human. There are lots of folks around this. (Refer Derana TV programme)
It has drawn my attention in few times. First in my latest visit to Bambarakanda waterfall. Then we went to closer to World’s end lodge to see this rock in distance.
It was in my to-do list and the day came after my hike to Wangedigala (වoගෙඩිගල) in Pambahinna.
We reached Kalupahana around 8am and hired a three wheel to reach Gala Pita Yaya (ගලපිට යාය) estate. Three wheel drivers well know about the place. He dropped us to the road directing the estate. It was a bright day and my previous day target (Wangedigala) was clearly seen.
Gala Pita Yaya estate seems a less functioning estate and got to know resettling under new management. For unknown reason there was nobody in the houses of estates and we had to find the pathway by our self. It was useful to view the video clip of travel with Chathura here.
After passing the estate the pathway laid on the edge of paddy field area and we clarified the way from a villager found in other end of the paddy field.
According to her description, we went through Mana bushes where the foot pathway was traced by recent visitors. (Might be for TV programme) It was a sharp ascend first and at the end reached a place to have nice view of surrounding environment. Again foot pathway was clear through Mana and reached to a Pinus plot where foot pathway was vanished.
It was not difficult to trace the pathway in Pinus plot as Gala Pita Gala was seen in left hand side beyond another Mana patch.
Last section of Mana was disastrous. There was no foot pathway through this stretch and Mana has grown even above my height. Though I wore attire I didn’t have hand gloves. Therefore I had to make our foot pathway by forearms as the front liner. After a number of cut marks in forearms we reached the destination.
The view from Gala Pita Gala was fantastic. It was kind of a view point due to it’s centered placement. I could view Beragala Kanda, World’s end Lodge, Haputhale, Kalupahana area, Wangedigala, Balathuduwa, Gommolliya, Bambarakanda area, Udaweriya and Hortain plains as well.
Few people can spend the time under the rock as well. After spending about hour there we started our return journey. It was not difficult as pathway within Mana was clear at this time.
We were not able to visit Nidangala waterfall (නිදන්ගල ඇල්ල) which is situated closer to Gala Pita Yaya estate.
After having a bath and lunch from nearby double bridge we got into the bus to come home.
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