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|Year and Month||November, 2013|
|Number of Days||Two Day Trip|
|Crew||Five (myself, wife, daughter and two sons)|
|Accommodation||Best Life Adventure camp [http://bestlifeadventurecamp.com]|
|Activities||A family trip, Waterfall hunting, White water rafting|
|Weather||On and off light showers which didn’t trouble us|
|Route||Gampaha -> Nittambuwa -> Urapola -> Ruwanwellla -> Karawanella -> Yatiyanthota -> Kithulgala -> Lakshapana -> Nallathanniya -> Norten Bridge -> Ginigathena -> Kithulgala -> Gampaha|
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It is a waterfall hunt around Maskeliya area, even though it was not the best time for it. We started at 5.00 am and the road towards Ruwanwella was through several rubber estates and it was a pleasant drive.
After passing Yatiyanthota we stopped at Ingiriyawatte to see the hanging bridge. According to villagers this is the longest hanging bridge of the country with a length of 360 feet. There was another hanging bridge between Kalugala junction and Bodiragala junction.
From Bodiragala junction we turned left towards Lakshapana. After passing Laxapana power station we came to ‘Double cut junction’ where you can see the ‘Zero’ mile post.
Then we took the right turn along Sri Pada road about 4 KM to the turn off to Lakshapana fall. This road is very scenic along the seven virgins mountain range and you can also see Lakshapana fall along this road.
From main road, you have to walk about 300 meters downhill to reach this fall. There are cement steps up to the base pool.
Then we came back to the main road and proceeded towards Nallathanniya through Maussakele.
After passing Maussakele reservoir we saw ‘Mohinie Ella’ just by the side of Nallathanniya road. Another two KM towards Nallathanniya we came to Moray estate.
This road through Moray estate leads to few waterfalls and also to the famous ‘Fishing Hut’. You have to walk through a private land to reach these waterfalls and therefore you need to stick to certain days of the week.
There are three waterfalls on this route and even the locals were confused about the names of them. We took the left turn and witnessed the breathtaking view of the Gatmore fall falling into Maussakele reservoir.
From Gatmore fall we walked further on a walking track for another 500 meters to reach Moray fall.
Adam’s Peak fall was seen just next to the Moray fall.
After enjoying these three beauties we came back to Nallathanniya road.
Our next destination was Aberdeen fall. We came back to Double cut junction and drove about 2 KM towards Norton Bridge. Just before the town we turned left along Kaluweldeniya road to reach this fall.
Then we came to our hotel ‘Best life Adventure camp’ in Kithulgala. This place conducts training sessions for members of private firms and there was a group of about 50 people. Their last item for the day was a campfire and we also joined with them. There were few performances and finally we enjoyed a delicious BBQ to end the day.
Next day morning when we got up there were some activities of the group going on.
After breakfast we went on white water rafting. We couldn’t take any pictures as we didn’t have a water proof camera. We were given life saving jackets and helmets and after a brief introduction we started the tour which is about 5 KM along Kelani River. My wife who didn’t join in this adventure captured few actions of our group, while we were passing the hotel.
It was a thrilling experience with full of fun and excitements. After several tumbles and collisions we reached the destination in about one hour. The last stretch of the river was flat and we were asked to jump out from the boat. We were freely floating with the flow of the river until we reached the end. Then we were taken back to the hotel in a lorry.
Then I went on another adventure with my two sons. It is the confident jump and sliding. We had to walk about 2 KM from the hotel to reach this place. We were accompanied by Mr. Wanasingha and Mr.Pushpakumara as Guide/instructor
This place is called Kataran Oya which is a branch of Kelani river and there are several rock pools and several small cascades around this place.
We had to slide on a rock with the water stream. You have to slide down and finally you will fall into the rock pool. Stream is only about 5 meters.
It’s a real fun sliding down on a rock with the water flow. Then our guide said we must slide with the head down, which I refused vehemently, but my two sons wanted to do it.
Then came the confident jump. There are several rock pools with varying diameters and depths. They have selected two basins for this adventure and first one is about 15 feet above water level. Second pool is more challenging and the height is more than 25 feet.
After all these excitements and fun we came back to the hotel, fully drenched and straight away jumped into the natural pool and joined with the crowd there.
After all these fun and joy, we had a late lunch and came back home with some wonderful memories.