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|Year and Month||April, 2015|
|Number of Days||Two Day Trip|
|Crew||Me and my wife|
|Accommodation||A family owned guest house in Haputhale (leisuremountview)|
|Activities||Relaxing, Photography, Scenic Drive|
|Route||Rathnapura -> Balangoda -> Beragala -> Haputhale and return on the same route.|
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We were thinking of a relaxing, cool climate environment as our next trip location and chose Haputhale as the destination. We set off around 7 AM from Rathnapura, passing Pelmadulla, Balangoda, and Belihuloya reached Beragala.
One of top attractions in Haputhale is the Diyaluma Fall which is the second highest (220m) waterfall in Sri Lanka. So we took the right turn at Beragala junction to beragala-wellawaya road in order to visit this beauty. Though the road was bit narrow at some points it was almost OK to reach the fall by any type of vehicle. We went through around 23 Kms and finally reach Diyaluma. Despite the tiredness of the bit long journey, her gorgeous flow made us to refresh ourselves in no time. Though the water flow is not much at that time she was still pretty so I could not stop myself from taking few snaps.
Then we came along the same route up to Beragala Junction and turn towards Haputhale. The road from Beragala to Haputhale was completely a scenic drive. I was told that one would be able to see far south Hambanthota area if it is not foggy.
Once we reached Haputhale junction, we took the turn toward the temple road to visit Adisham Bungalow. The road was under construction at that time and was quite hard to travel that 4 Kms. Upon arrival, we purchased tickets at the main gate. The garden was properly maintained and was full of flowers. The bungalow stands for old English style building construction technology.
Even today the place is maintained as a training center for missionary priests. Photography is prohibited inside the monastery. There is a stall where you can buy cordial, jam and etc., the in-house products of Adisham monastery. The fruits used to produce them were picked from organic farms. I bought these jams and cordials. They were really tasty. Also didn’t forget to taste the strawberry juice too.
After all the busy schedule we came to the place where we booked to stay, Lake Mount View resort a family owned guest house. The food was superb. Owner Hashan was kind enough to provide directions and detail of the places to visit.
On the next day we started our next adventure, visit Lipton’s seat. I was very keen on this as I had never seen this place before. There were about 15 kms from Haputhale junction to Lipton’s seat. The road is quite OK up to Dambatenne tea factory and there onwards road was very narrow and not in very good condition. But a vehicle with good ground clearance can get through it. You have to be extra cautious while driving as one side of the road is a deep slope. But the beauty of the surroundings are really encouraging the journey.
As this is a situated in private property, tickets should be obtained for people and vehicles. Once you get there the first seeing is the welcome to Liption’s seat board. Endless tea estates are everywhere. I heard the place was used as an observation point for tea estates by former owners.
There was a boutique at the top of the place where we had our breakfast, pol rotti and wade. Yummi. After staying there for few hours we decided to return home with wonderful feelings.