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« on: December 14, 2009, 03:27:00 AM »

HI,
1. Planning to go to Kataragama and then to Buttala on the 'old Buttala road' Hope to cut across to Handapanaagala without going to BUttala - not sure if this is possible - but it is possible according to the map,,,with a 4 WD i think. Think we have to cut through the sugar plantations along the Colony roads...any ideas?

2. Can some one tell me if they have any ideas about less well known places around kataragama?
have you been to Nandimitra Dagaba? marked in the map on the way to Situlpahuwa...? anything else that is accessible? there are a number of places marked in the map but all inside Yala, assume you can't just wander in.
saw the post on Weheragala and the blog report...think we will try that as well.


3. Also any interesting places on the Kataragama - Buttala road? We've done all (!   Smiley ) the conventional sites around Buttala - any off the track ones? It does not have to be a major site.
heard there is a good bathing spot some where before Buttala on this road not sure where!

Any info welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2009, 06:24:51 AM »

Hello NG and Priyanjan,

Yes. U can turn to the Weheragla at Galge junction (kataragama-Buththala road). then U can visit the Lunugamwehera park and yala block 5. and also weheragala reservoir. Its best place to bird waching. and also evening time can see the beautiful seenaries. check this also  http://www.lakdasun.com/forum/index.php?topic=762.0. thanks...

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2009, 08:34:38 PM »

Hi yohan,

i need to know , can we go to Weheragala reservoir and other places around the area by public tranport(bus) from katharagama town? if can pls give me the more details(such as distance, permit requirement, time from katharagama )
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2009, 08:44:46 PM »

Hi priyanjan,
Road conditon is good. but its a gavel road. its good for any type vehacle. Yes, permit required. U need to give ur detais for The military guys at Galge entrance. You can go to the Weerawila - Wallawaya (A2) road using this gavel road. yes u can walking up to the dam. its also have wildlife bunglow. thanks....


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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009, 08:54:02 PM »

Thanks, Yohan for the information. I read your previous post as well as the blog link but could not quite confrim on the map how to get there. Galage junction is there on the Kataragama / Buttala 1:50,000 so now we can find it. Also thanks a lot for the info on permits. I assume we don't need to do anyting before hand, just get permission there.
Does the same apply to seeing the Galge?

Priyanjan, as mentioned above, I looked at the 1:50,000 sheets of Buttala. and yes, saw Komarikagala marked and was hoping to find something interesting there...
Also, there are two more sites marked but not named in the middle of the sugar cane? (yellow) diagonally above closer to Buttal road ( sorry don't have the map with me at teh moment to give the cordinates). Did you explore these as well? found anything?

Has anyone been to Nandamitra dagaba?

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2009, 01:24:01 AM »

hello sanath,
Can't sanath. you can't reached to the weheragala reservoir using public transport. but u can reached to the Galge junction using public transporrt (Katharagama - Buththala bus). distance near to 20kms from katharagama to galge. 30mins - 45mins of time u can reached to the Galge junction from ktharagama.

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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 02:09:24 AM »

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Galge. By the road to Kataragama within the YNP. There is supposed to be a ‘memorial’ for somebody by the name of Mr. J.P. Arson (I guess he was an official of the Survey Dept) a few meters in to the jungle.

Thanks for the above, Priyanjan. I was not quite sure what to look for at "galge'

http://www.lakdasun.com/forum/index.php?topic=244.msg753#msg753
GonaganAra described in the above post sounds very nice, assume it is now safe to visit.
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 02:16:54 AM »

Hi all,
A quick report back..

We stayed at Kataragama in a house on small lane between the Udagama road and the old road, seems a lot of houses take guest when the hotels get booked up.

Did the Kataragama - Old Buttala road run...Fabulous!! So green ! The clearing created for security purposes actually gives it a very unusual look, and managed to find the Galge Memorial.
Priyanjan - It seems to be a memorial to a 'sportsman' ie hunter...not an official. Also did Veheragala, once again very lovely. Lots of elephents. Road condition - very good. They are rebuilding the bridge near Sella Kataragama, and a bit of a vehicle pile up there.

Did not have time to explore the BUttala end of the road. So have to go back!

So thank you to all those who gave information!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2010, 02:42:45 AM »

Only a friendly chat was needed. They were very nice, no issue. The area is within the camp, so you actually have to go through their barracks initially and then a little further on to climb to the high ground.  
I don't think this would have been possible a few months back.
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