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Author Topic: Dothalugala Forest Department Camp Site and Dormitory - Deanston, Knuckles  (Read 18665 times)
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« on: November 18, 2008, 10:00:59 AM »

One of the great places to stay if you visit this part of Knuckles. There is a nice small dormitory hidden in the forest and the camp site is located at the edge of a mountain slope with nice, scenic backdrop. There is also a nice natural pool with a small waterfall.

These are located about 2km from the Knuckles Conservation Center at Deanston. You can take public transport up to the conservation center (Hunnasgiriya-Loolwatta bus). It is also possible to drive an ordinary car up to the conservation center. A 4WD can make it all the way up to the dormitory.

Both dormitory and camp site can accommodate about 10-12 people in each. They are just 100m apart. Just as any other forest department facility, you get the service of a cook if you reserve the dormitory.

You have to go to the forest department head office at Rajamalwatta Mawatha, Battaramulla to make reservations. See below few pictures

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Waterfall and the natural pool


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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 08:53:34 PM »

Mithila,

Would you think it is safe to leave a vehicle at the KCC at Deanston while opting to stay at the Dotlalugala Camp Site?

Just like to know.

Thanks.

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008, 02:19:52 AM »

Priyanjan,

My assessment is that it is safe. Always there will be at least one forest department officials in the vicinity of KCC. The area is not densely populated any way and people know each other fairly well.

Mithila

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008, 06:15:37 AM »

Mithila,

Thanks a lot.

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009, 03:32:51 AM »

One of the great places to stay if you visit this part of Knuckles. There is a nice small dormitory hidden in the forest and the camp site is located at the edge of a mountain slope with nice, scenic backdrop. There is also a nice natural pool with a small waterfall.

These are located about 2km from the Knuckles Conservation Center at Deanston. You can take public transport up to the conservation center (Hunnasgiriya-Loolwatta bus). It is also possible to drive an ordinary car up to the conservation center. A 4WD can make it all the way up to the dormitory.

Both dormitory and camp site can accommodate about 10-12 people in each. They are just 100m apart. Just as any other forest department facility, you get the service of a cook if you reserve the dormitory.

You have to go to the forest department head office at Rajamalwatta Mawatha, Battaramulla to make reservations. See below few pictures

Dormitory




Waterfall and the natural pool




nice information mate.
but now they re having a referral procedure at the head office of the forest dep.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009, 03:59:04 AM »

Hi Pubudu,

See this post for my experience with the referral procedure

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009, 09:09:52 PM »

Can someone pls tell me,how many months in advance one can book the dormitory @ the forest dep.Thanx!
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2009, 01:28:19 AM »

HI mithila ayya,

How many distance have from camp site to cobets gap. and also we can visit to the rathna ella and gerandi ella, one day from the camp site.

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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2009, 10:23:48 AM »

Prasitha,

I have never made an attempt to book a forest department facility more than a month in advance. The wildlife department has this policy where they only allow you to book only one month in to the future. Not sure whether the forest department also follows the same rule.

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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2009, 10:32:38 AM »

Hello yohan,

Check this attraction guide (and the Google earth map in there) to find out exact locations of the deanston camp site and corbet's gap. Deanstone to corbet's gap is about 11km by road and Deasnton to the camp site is about 2km walk (or 4WD)

I think Gerandi ella is the seasonal waterfall close Deanstone (Not sure!). For most part of the year there is no water fall there.

Rathna Ella is located at Hasalaka (further down from Deanston towards Mahiyanganaya). The trail to Rathna Ella from Ududumbara is said to be fantastic and challenging. One of our members here (DHK) has posted some nice picturesCheck this thread by DHK about Rathna Ella via Ududumbara
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2009, 03:26:44 AM »

Hi mitila ayya,

thanks for ur information.

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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2009, 11:50:15 PM »

Hi,
We went there last week end (04 to 06 July 2009) and spend two nights with small group.
It was fairly cold place like Nuwara Eliya...., due to the wind speed and the Elevation
There is very important thing to remember to all of you. This one is a Camp cabin not a Circuit Bungalow. Don’t forget this important fact.

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2009, 01:36:39 AM »

i was there on the same dates, with the small group with big appetite, i dont know weather its a affect of elevation or chill factor due to the prevailing wind.
but you have to keep in mind that fact tooo.
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2009, 01:44:29 AM »

i was there on the same dates, with the small group with big appetite, i dont know weather its a affect of elevation or chill factor due to the prevailing wind.
but you have to keep in mind that fact tooo.
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rahula

I agree with Rahula.

There were "some people" who had lunch not twice but 3time every day

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« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2014, 09:54:34 AM »

Hi all

has anybody stayed in Dothalugala Camp cabin recently

if so pls update the current situation with pics ( If possible )

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