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|Year and Month||November 2014|
|Number of Days||1|
|Crew||8 (between 29-49 years of age)|
|Transport||Double cab, three wheeler rest by foot|
|Activities||Waterfall hunting, Photography,|
|Weather||Sunshine in the morning & heaving down pouring in the afternoon.|
|Route||Nivithigala -> Ratnapura -> Awissawella -> Ginigathhena -> Nawalapitiya -> Thalawakele -> Lindula -> Miraya Bazzar -> Elgin estate|
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I was planning to hike Great western. But it was raining few days. As a result on the day of the hike we changed our target. We decided to hike Elgin falls. As I was travelling to Thalawakele from Awissawella I took the opportunity to drive along beautiful B317 road enjoying the scenery.
Weather forecast on fallingrain site stated that there will be light showers in the morning and rain free lunch and afternoon. But sun was shining on us in the morning and we happily started our hike. To get there first we passed the Lindula town on Nuwara-eliya road and just after passing the town there was the road leading to Dayagama. On Dayagama road we met a three-way junction and took the left hand road leading to Meraya Bazzar and Elgin estate. There was frequent bus service to Elgin during day time.
Last 3kms of the estate road can only be tackled by 4wd vehicle or by a three wheeler. We travelled 2kms by vehicle and last 1km by foot. Please don’t believe the distance that estate people tell you. We found out in hard way. They were mentioning the distance as 1km but my GPS revealed it as more than 5km.
At the start of the hike there were 3 very beautiful waterfalls at the boarder of the Elgin estate. I was surprised that they didn’t have any names.
It seems no one has tried this path for looooong time…. As there was no clear path until the three way junction where we met the path from Ambewela and downward path towards the Fall….there was 4 &1/2km to this point. Path from Ambewela was clearer and seems everybody was using that way to hike the fall…..Danger of the overgrown path was that we were walking on the edge with more than 1oo feet of sharp drop, so if we missed a step……It nearly happened to one of my friend who was not careful enough…
We saw the first fall of the Elgin water fall complex lying opposite to the upper and lower Elgin falls… As we were getting down towards lower Elgin fall bad luck stuck us…. It started to rain cats & dogs… We were slipping on muddy soil hanging dearly to bamboo trees as ropes…and there was no way we could get to the base of the fall due to overflowing river…. Thus we had to satisfy with the side view of Upper & lower Elgin falls and turned back as life was more important….. For 2 hours we were walking back in cold with the heavy rain and some parts of the path had turned to streams with gushing water. We were thankful to be back to estate without major harm except few scratches…..
Thank you for reading……