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|Year and Month||April, 2010|
|Number of Days||One day trip|
|Transport||Public Transport & Three-wheeler’s|
|Activities||Photography & Waterfall hunting!|
|Weather||Sunny day with clear sky.|
|Route||Colombo -> Puwakpitiya(Avissawella) -> Thunmodara(Labugama) -> Puwakpitiya -> Colombo|
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It was one of our spontaneous trips which we never had time to plan properly even! And guess what all the waterfalls were on the same bus route! Any how it was in our list to do’s! Three of us met at Puwakpitiya junction at around 8.30a.m. And had some breakfast and off we went! Luckily we got a bus that goes to Padukka via Thunmodara, so we got in to it and got off at Dambora(10Km away from Puwakpitiya) right near the waterfall! This 10 meter cascade is about 1Km away from Thunmodara bridge near Labugama reservoir and Labugam kanda(Highest mountain of Colombo district). To reach it you need to get to “Ayre estate” (rubber) where the fall is fond near the main road but to reach it you need to get in to the rubber estate! The base pool is very deep(Do not bath or drink the water). There is another waterfall in the Labugama reserve called Kapuru Ella but it is prohibited to enter the reserve at any time and we can even get shot by military personal so we did not search for that waterfall!
We returned back to Thunmodara and decided to go to Thunmodara Ran Mudu Ella which is a famous bathing place! To reach this 45meter 3 step waterfall one needs to travel passing the thunmodara bridge towards Dambora for few hundred meters where you will find a concrete road to the left which takes you straight to the waterfall which is 500meters away! When we arrived at this place it was already filled with few visitors, so we quickly took some photos of the three sections of the waterfall & later had a nice refreshing bath! The fall has suffered a lot because of the number of visitors! It is purely a dirt hole!
We returned back to Thunmodara and had some refreshments. From here we needed to get back on the Puwakpitiya road towards Ilukovita(4Km away from Thunmodara), so we took a three wheeler and off we went in search of Ella Uda Ella. To reach Ella Uda Ella(4meters) one needs to get to Ilukovita (which is between Puwakpitiya & Thunmodara) and take the left hand turn which will take you towards a temple(1Km) where the fall can be found! This is not as famous like Kumari & Ran Mudu Falls but when it’s raining its very beautiful! There is a deep base pool and some safe places to bathe nearby too!
From Ella Uda we traveled back to the main road and went further towards the Puwakpitiya side. The access road to Kumari Ella is found 2Km away from the Puwakpitiya junction. This is said to be where King Sethawaka Rajasinghes daughter has once drowned! It is a very beautiful (4meter) waterfall with a base pool but unfortunately we couldn’t get a close up because there were some violent drunken guys near the waterfall whom we wanted to avoid! It is very pathetic to see all the drug addicts & alcoholics destroying the peaceful nature of these waterfalls and being a social problem to other visitors and local people too!
After hanging around for few minutes we returned back to Puwakpitiya and left back to our home sweet homes by 5p.m.! by the way a botanical garden is been built at Puwakpitiya which will be open to the public in few years after the trees grow!