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|Year and Month||November, 2012|
|Number of Days||Three Day Trip|
|Accommodation||Friends place at Madulsima & Madulsima Police station|
|Transport||Public transport, trishaw, bike and a Tea lorry|
|Activities||Hiking, Scenery & Waterfall hunting!|
|Weather||Overcast conditions with lot of mist|
|Route||Monaragala -> Nakkala -> Badalkumbura -> Passara -> Medawalagama -> Madulsima -> Cocogalla -> Elamanna -> Ekiriya -> Metigahatenna -> Madulsima -> Kohonnewela -> Madulsima -> Cocogolla -> Elamanna -> Rathkele -> Roeberry- > Pitamaruwa -> Sooriyagolla -> returned back to Cocogolla -> Ambalama junction -> Lunugala -> Bibile -> Monaragala|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
**Special Thanks** to Mr I.P. Jayathilaka (OIC Madulsima Police station) for everything help he extended to me
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I have heard and seen some stunning images of a waterfall in a rural village in Uva long ago and I was tempted to visit this waterfall which is the 3rd highest in Uva and winning the 7th place considering all other waterfalls in Sri Lanka. So again it was a gamble with overcast conditions. First day I decided to spend the night at a friend’s place close to Madulsima.
Next day early morning it was a wonderful sight to see all 9 peaks of Namunukula from my friends garden which just made my day perfect. Next I took a bus towards Madulsima and then a trishaw towards mini worlds end. From Madulsima I think there was roughly 20kms. After taking the road towards Metigahatenna we had to take a right turn at Kuruvigolla and proceed along Pitamaruwa road passing Ambalama junction towards Cocogalla. Currently they have carpeted the road for a short distance and from there onwards it was pure torture. You really need a good 4WD or a Piaggio trishaw to tackle this road which leads to Roeberry. Just after passing Cocogalla we did notice D.S. Rock which resembles Hon. D. S. Senanayake on the opposite hill. After passing Cocogalla and reaching Elamanna we had to take another right turn in the direction which was saying “mini worlds end 1.1Km”.
After tackling this difficult path we arrived at a summer hut where the foot path began and proceeded along that for 100 meters and arrived at an abyss which was covered with mist. When I raised my head and looked further I noted that I was over the clouds. I even went in to a stupor for few minutes; I really felt that I was at the end of the world. Few meters away from this point is the main view point towards eastern Sri Lanka where one will come across a plate with directions but to identify these land marks this was not the ideal time. I sat near the plate and gazed far away for miles over the clouds and imagined flying like a free bird :-). Sometimes imagination augments the beauty of mother nature a lot 🙂 on a clear day one can easily identify Kandy, Meegahakivula, Nagadeepa lake, Mahiyangana, Ulhitiya, Sora bora lake, Bibile, Kotagama village at the base, Batticaloa, Ampara, Senanayake reservoir, Monaragala, Passara and Badulla. Actually this mountain range which extends for many kilometers is the eastern slope of the central hills of Sri Lanka and it also the boarder of Badulla and Monaragala. There was another mini (mini) worlds end but didn’t bother to go there because the mist decided to cover up everything permanently for the day.
Next we took a short cut which led towards Metigahatenna where we came across Metigahatenna falls located 2km’s towards Ekiriya. This waterfall is easily locatable because it’s very close to the road. After hanging around a bit we proceeded towards Madulsima. From here we took a road which passed the police station and arrived at a name board saying Kohanawela School. Now this village is one of the most rural villages in Sri Lanka, Children walk 20Km up and down just to reach the school which is located at a place where no vehicle can approach. We walked for about 1.5Km along this foot path which was leading downhill along a tea estate to view Madulsima Dunhida falls which I think should be renamed as Madulsima Diyaluma :-P.
After reaching Madulsima and having lunch I reached the police station and met the OIC who I had previously contacted, he welcomed me happily and treated me very well that day even by providing accommodation. If it wasn’t for him I would have been stranded that day.
Next day my main intention was to get to Pitamaruwa but no trishaw driver wanted to tackle that road but one guy said he would charge at least 4000/= for the hire. So one of the known police guys volunteered to take me on bike but after passing Cocogalla we got caught to a continues drizzle which made our journey extremely difficult, somehow at one point we came across a Tea lorry which offered me a ride towards Sooriyagolla where I really wanted to go. The journey through Rathkele towards Roeberry was one of those journeys I will never forget. The area was so isolated and the only vehicle we came across was Pitamaruwa Ambulance which was transporting an ill patient towards Badulla via Passara. But never the less the scenery was simply breath taking. After reaching Roeberry we took a left turn towards Pitamaruwa and the lorry had to take a stop at a place close to Sooriyagolla where I had to get down and walk towards Ititampala in search of Dun Falls. After walking 3Km’s I reached a mini reservoir built to divert water for a power house at Ekiriya. The guy who was at the power house was kind enough to guide me towards this waterfall. The sight of the waterfall was simply heartbreaking. The same destiny as St Clairs has struck this remote beauty, now only a limited amount of water is allowed to flow downstream and the right arm of the waterfall was completely dried out. Here is showing the waterfall at full flow taken by Kishan in 2005.
I returned back along the 4WD road where the tea lorry was stopped and I was lucky enough to catch it before it left towards Lunugala via Janatha pura. When we started to return back it rained so heavily that the roads got covered with muddy water completely within no time. Somehow my head was aching like someone hammered me with a hammer and my guts felt like been entangled when I got down at Lunugala though the road through Janathapura was in good condition. I was again lucky enough to get the last bus towards Monaragala from Bibile to return back to civilization which was covered with clouds the day before 🙂