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|Year and Month||December, 2008 (11,12,13,14)|
|Number of Days||Three Days (3.5)|
|Crew||12 (26 years of age)|
|Activities||Boat riding, Visiting Water Falls, Photography, Sightseeing|
|Weather||Excellent, No rain at all, Cold, Sunny|
|Route||Colombo -> Avissavella -> Kithulgala -> kalugala -> Laxapana -> Maskeliya & Return on the same route|
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This was our annual trip of school friends in 2008. One of our friends who works at CEB got an appointment as an Operation Engineer at Laxapana Power Generation Complex and he invited us to come there for 2008 annual trip since there are lot of things to see which we never experienced.
He arranged accommodation and other necessary things for us.
We started our journey on 11th December around 5.00pm from Colombo. First day our destination was Laxapana Circuit Bungalow and we reached there by 11.00 pm with several stops in between; several security checkups were there since we were entering in to a high security zone and War was at peak during that time.
By the time we reached there we were very hungry and dinner was already waiting for us.
Because of our great friend we got a very rare & valuable opportunity which general public will never be allowed; which is a boat ride on “Maussakele” reservoir. This is the only reservoir in Sri Lanka which is directly fed from 4 waterfalls.
Hearing the specialty of the ride, we all got up early in the morning and got ready for the journey with great enthusiasm. We left the bungalow by 6.30am right after breakfast. It is about a 40 minutes drive from Laxapana to Maussakele through a narrow road (which is very similar to Riverston road from Mathale.) The fantastic view of “SAPTHA KANYA” (Seven Virgins) mountain range will be available throughout the journey. When we were reached Maussakele boats were ready for the journey.
There were 2 boats, 1 is from CEB and other is from SL NAVY. Since it is early morning the crowd who were in 1st boat got another rare opportunity. The water was so calm and they could see a clear shadow of Sri-Pada on water.
Entire boat ride was about 2 hours and we could see following water falls.
- Gartmore Ella (which can be seen from fishing hut as well
- Mooray Ella
- Lower section of Mohini Ella (on your way to Nallathanniya you could see the upper section on your right hand side.)
- Another anonymous waterfall
Other than that we could see closer view of Sri-Pada, the Kovil which was under the water, back side of the Maskeliya town and several tea estates. If you are travelling during the rainy season you could see several temporary waterfalls on surrounding mountains.
After having this great boat ride we went to the “Saman Devalaya” which is next to Reservoir dam.
In the evening our plan was to visit Laxapana water fall.
Between Laxapana and Maussakale there is a junction called ‘Double Cut’ where the only ‘0th’ mile post in Sri Lanka is located.
The view of the area is breathtaking on your way to Laxapana, and you could clearly see the rock where the most tragic plan crash occurred on Saptha Kanya mountain range.
My father has gone to visit that ‘plane crash’ when he was young and he collected those newspapers for us to read in the future, and thanks should go to him!
In the evening we went to visit Laxapana falls.
The plan for the next morning was to visit Aberdeen falls. But suddenly our friend told that gates of “Canion” reservoir are going to open for an urgent maintenance work which will increase the water level of Laxapana falls. We cancelled all our plans and rushed to Laxapana before the gates are opened. But unfortunately we couldn’t reach the waterfall before that, but we could see the water flowing under the bridge which is located beneath the Seven Virgins mountain range and before the Laxapana falls.
Then we went to the “Aberdeen” falls and on our way back we stopped at Norton bridge town where you could visit another 2 important things.
- The D. J. Wimalasurendra power plant (gratitude to father of hydro power in Sri Lanka)
- Tyre of the crashed plane
In the evening we went to Hatton to visit another 2 important places. Those are ‘Singimale’ tunnel (559.75m) which is the longest railway tunnel in Sri Lanka. This tunnel is at 5 minutes walk from Hatton station and you need to buy “Pandam” to walk through the tunnel. Houses at both the sides of the tunnel are selling Pandam(10/= each) for pedestrians. It was a very nice experience to walk in the tunnel with dim light.
The 2nd important thing is at the other side of the tunnel which is the largest tea plant in Sri Lanka. According to the worker we met there a single worker needs 1 full day to pluck tea from the entire tree. Weight of the crop would be around 20kg – 25kg at a time. But now this tree is abandoned.
After visiting all these places we came back to the Moussakale bungalow. During the night we had a singing session as usual before going to sleep.
Next day morning we came back home and had a nice bath at Kithulgala.