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|Year and Month|| 2016 February 06th-Sinhagala trail
2014 December 23rd –Other trails
|Number of Days||Two separate days|
|Crew||03-Myself, Gayan and guide
03-Myself, Shalika and guide
|Accommodation||Previous day night at Ella Rest Waddagala (වැද්දාගල) before Sinhagala trail T.P:0717319155
Following day night at Rock view Motel Waddagala
|Transport||Three wheeler, Walking, Climbing and bus|
|Activities||Trekking and Photography|
|Route||Colombo->Kalawana->Waddagala->Kudawa (කුඩව)->Sinhagala (සිoහ ගල) and Mulawella (මුලාවැල්ල) trails->Back along the same route to Colombo|
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Sinharaja Rain Forest
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the most famous rain forest of the country. This tropical rain forest is a living heritage. Bio diversity of the forest is very high and a large proportion of the flora in this forest is endemic to the country and some endemic to the Sinharaja Forest itself. This is a very good place to see many endemic birds. There are clear cut roads in to the jungle provide easy access to the forest. This important forest is a Man and Biosphere Forest reserve and it is considered as a World Heritage Site. It is situated in the south-west lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka, within Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces. It is bounded on the north by the Napola Dola and Koskulana Ganga, on the south and south-west by the Maha Dola and Gin Ganga, on the west by the Kalukandawa Ela and Kudawa Ganga and on the east by an ancient footpath near Beverley Tea Estate and by the Denawak Kanda. 6°21′-6°26’N, 80°21′-80°34’E. Sinharaja forest was notified as a national heritage wilderness area on 21 October 1988 (Gazette No. 528/14). The area according to Gazette No. 528/14, the total area of the national heritage wilderness area is 18,899 acres and 12 perches (7,648.2ha). It’s attitude ranges from 300m to 1,170m (Hinipitigala Peak).
Sinhagala is the rock situated within Sinharaja forest, said to be the good view point but not the highest point (highest point of Sinharaja is Hinipitigala Kanda)
We have reached the ticket counter around 6 am and reserved a guide after paying Rs 1400. It was back to back attempt to Sinhagala for 2nd day. First day we came there around 8am and we were not allowed to climb.
Sinhagala trail from Kudawa is 12 Km and it is a relatively flat terrain except last 1-1.5Km of steep ascend. First part of the trail (1.5Km) was a jeep trek and it branched off towards Education center and rest of trekking trails. Next stretch (1.5 km) up to research center was similar to previous section. This part is good for bird watching and we have noticed few bird lovers were patiently waiting there.
Following research center the foot pathway started and we could notice the trekking pathways to Giant Nevada Tree (යෝධ නවෝදා ගස) and Gal Len Yaya (ගල් ලෙන් යාය) started from main track. There were few water streams to be crossed on the way to Sinhagala and respectively called “Kaduna Dola” (කැඩුණ දොල), “Heen dola” (හීන් දොල) and “Kadan dola” (කදන් දොල). After Kadan Dola we started actual hiking to Sinhagala. It was a continuous ascends for 1-1.5Km and ended up at the second highest point of Sinharaja called Sinhagala.
On top of Sinhagala you can have a view towards Pothupitiya (පොතුපිටිය) side and Hiniduma (හිනිදුම) side. Rakwana peaks were visible as second line and no panoramic view from there. We have spent 4 hours to reach the peak and return journey was done in two and half hours.
1. Giant Navada Tree
This is the trail from (0.5 km from main track and 5 km from entrance) to an endemic big tree called Navada. At the time of measurement it was 43 m tall and 6.5 m in circumference.
2. Mulawella trail
The distance from ticket center is 4 Km. At the end you will get on to a rock where you can have a nice panoramic view of surrounding area. I think view point is better than Sinhagala view point.
3. Gal Len Yaya (ගල් ලෙන් යාය) trail-Didn’t do
4. Hal Mandiya Dola (හල්මoඩිය දොල) trail-Didn’t do
5. Sinharaja Education and information Center
This place can be directly approached by a road. It provides information about Sinharaja forest.
Thank you for reading