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|Year and Month||2016 February 14th|
|Number of Days||one day|
|Crew||03-Indranatha, Nuwan and My self|
|Transport||Bus, Train and Climbing|
|Activities||Mountain climbing, Sightseeing and photography|
|Route||Polonnaruwa->Kandy->Poththapitiya (පොත්තපිටිය)->Alagalla (අලගල්ල) ->Gangoda (ගoගොඩ) ->Ihala Kotte (ඉහළ කෝට්ටේ)-> Kandy->Polonnaruwa|
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“If you have fallen love with mountains, you have to celebrate valentine day by climbing a mountain”
Where Alagalla is situated
Different phases of Alagalla
We got Poththapitiya bus from Kandy Good shed bus stand and reached Poththapitiya around 8.15 am. There was a well paved concrete road starting from Poththapitiya junction towards Alagalla tea factory. We got right hand side road at Alagalla tea factory which winds through Alagalla tea estate and line houses. The left hand side foot pathway at Alagalla tea factory is towards Ihala Kotte.
As it was a Sunday, numbers of locals were starting to climb Alagalla. They mainly targeted the Pooja Gala. It was nice to see even old ladies and small kids. The road got narrow and became a foot pathway which goes through the forest patch initially.
Then we came to a Mana patch which was half burned by a fire made by someone’s careless work.
When we were climbing the mana patch, the peak of Alagalla was noticed with it’s waving flag. There was a foot pathway to Pooja gall with bypassing the peak.
At the end of the mana patch rock climbing part was started and it ended at the highest point of Alagalla. It was time around 10.15 am.
Alagalla peak provides a good view towards Poththapitiya, Mawanella, Rambukkana, Hatharaliyadda and Ihala Kotte. Then we continued towards
Pooja Gala. The drop between Alagalla and Pooja Gala was connected by the slippery rock. After getting down along slippery rock, we entered another forest patch where we found two or three camp sites.
Pooja Gala is situated at other end of Alagalla range. There is a newly built Stupa, small pond and sacred foot print. This is the main attraction of Alagalla these days. Pooja Gala was crowded and we spend a little time there. Then we started to get down towards Gangoda side. Unfortunately we missed foot print and pond.
The pathway was slippery due to dust and sand. We reached Gangoda station by 12.45 pm and got into Kandy train to reach Ihala Kotte.
Our next objective is to visit Dekinda Falls (දෙකිද ඇල්ල) which is situated closer to Ihala Kotte station. There are two ways to reach Dekinda Falls. One is follow the foot pathway towards Poththapitiya and reach the top of the fall. According to the person who described it is bit long.
There is a separate pathway to reach the base of the fall. We followed that and had a quick dip from the fall. Dekinda fall was fairly dry these days.
It ended up a good day of travelling.
This 30m tall waterfall situated closer to Ihala Kotte, inside Alagalla forest reserve. It has upper part and lower part.
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