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|Year and Month||December 2015|
|Number of Days||Two|
|Accommodation||Rathna priya Safari Guest – Inginiyagala|
|Activities||Visiting Archeological attractions and enjoying natural beauty|
|Route||Maharagama -> Kandy -> Digana -> Hasalaka -> Mahiyanganaya -> Mahaoya -> Aranthalawa -> Uhana -> Ampara -> Inginiyagala and same route back.|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
**SPECIAL THANKS TO** Officers of Inginiyagala Wildlife office who were extra friendly
|Related Resources||Trip reports : on Gal Oya national park & Rajagala|
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My nephew, a forum member who paved way for me to Lakdasun, came back from abroad with a very expensive set of camera equipment to test in our poor country. So we decided to try Gal Oya National Park. When inquired, Park Officials suggested us a place to stay over night. The owner of the lodge has a jeep and Wildlife Office was able to facilitate a land trip as well as a boat trip.
What more to ask? So we proceeded.
We started from Maharagama around 1.00 am and reached Aranthalawa Monument by 6.00 in the morning.
As the place was deserted, we were able to do morning rituals and had our breakfast in peace.
After the short break, we headed towards Rajagala.
A name board made us to de-route to see a remains of an old temple Pulukunawa Raja Maha Viharaya.
This temple is in ruins and yet to be dug and restored. Ruins are scattered in a large area. One monk is looking after the place. According to him, after seeing a body of a mother who was brutally killed by LTTE, the other monk de-robed and joined the army sometimes back. He was Hasalaka Gamini.
The resident monk is living in a temporary shelter and living on what he is offered and what he can cook. Our Ashan has visited the place in 2012 and wondered whether authorities are blind on this place!!! There is no change since then. The wilderness is claiming the place and they are still blind.
We were unable to spend more time at this place as our aim was Rajagala. We took our leave from the Resident Monk with a minute offer.
Please visit this place and strengthen the Monk who has lot of dreams to realize.
After that, we headed towards out main target which is Rajagala Hermitage. At the entrance point, we were lucky enough to secure the services of an undergraduate of Ja’pura campus who is working there to complete the project. The excavation of this unbelievable treasure is presently done by University of Jayawardanapura and they are doing a good job.
There is an untouched hill to be excavated and recently the Government has provided a hefty sum for this.
We used the stepped path to come down. It is longer but easier for tired feet!
After this unforgettable trek through the history, we proceeded to our guest house, took a quick lunch and went for a jeep ride through Galoya National Park. The guest house owner has a jeep, so it was easier for us.
As the Inginiyagala reservoir is full of water, we did not see any animals except few birds. According to our ranger, lot of elephants can be seen during dry season.
The camp site is superb for a night out.
Most of park fotos were taken from Chamil’s camera as he wanted to test his new toy.
Our Guest House Owner was bit upset as we have not seen any animals, so he took us to tank overflow to show it. It was a long de-route!!!
Bandula, our guest house keeper prepared some sandwiches for breakfast to carry and we rushed to Park Office by 6.30 in the morning.
We had to force open the office to make the payment for boat ride.
After the boat ride, we came back to our guest house, packed and left. While on our way back, we visited Buddangala Raja Maha Viharaya
Then we visited Deeghawapi Viharaya