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dinukamendisj
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« on: June 15, 2009, 12:52:29 PM »

Hello All,

I was on my way to Colombo on 22nd May and at a point between the 125 & 126 km posts I was lucky to see a fantastic sight. In this area, to the North of the road is a mountain range of which the name according to the map is 'Kabaragala Kanda'. On the southern rock wall of this mountain range I was able to see and count over 10 waterfalls! It was something I had never ever seen before although I had traveled up and down this road many, many times.

A person I met on the road conformed that it had rained a hell-of-a-lot that morning & afternoon. He also told me that although he was from the area, he too had not seen these 'instant' waterfalls before.

Here is a photograph taken at around 4.15 pm.



Spare a little time to view this very short video clip. Sorry for the poor picture quality.  View My Video

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Priyanjan.

wow ...nice shot machan...anyway I need your help machan...can you plz tell me some nice places to see around Balangoda area. Bcoz I heard that there are so many nice places to explore in that area...(I'm planning to go there in the end of this month.) ...thnkx


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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009, 08:37:56 AM »

Hello Dinuka,

Balangoda..... Lets see.....Tell me,

1.     How many days.
2.     Whats the vehicle.
3.     How far from Balangoda can you travel.

Also, I might not be here for about 2 days. So, please pardon me if I am silent for two days.

Priyanjan.

maximum 4 days... as usual i am travelling by my Yamaha xt 250 trail bike(with off road tires)   Grin Grin (so any road conditions are ok with me). we are taking a tent with us so we can go any far from the town... Smiley thankx for your assistant ..
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009, 08:13:31 PM »

priyanjan aiyaa thank you sooooo much..this is really helpful. Anyway we will go there on 4,5, and 6th of July ... wow.. this is a really nice plan for our trip....thankx again...

Anyway is there anyone who likes to join with us plz contact me because I really like to get to know the friends who have the same interests like me... Smiley ..

priyanjan aiyaaa u r great thankx again...
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 12:46:23 AM »

Thankx priyanjan aiya for the valuable info. anyway now we have a little problem that is our tent.the tent is bit bigger than we excepted so it will not be possible to take the tent with us. (because we r traveling by bikes). hmm so we r planning to go there and try to find some place. Thankx again
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009, 12:19:38 PM »

Hi Priyanjan,

Balangoda area has many fascinating places to visit as Priyanjan stated.

I'm planning to visit udawalawe park in July 2009, so thanks to your report, I can take the route via balangoda-Kaltota-Hambegamuwa road to Udawalawe. And also planning to see the water falls you have listed here.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010, 12:05:13 PM »

Hi Priyanjan and All,

I couldn't make this trip to Udawalawe via the route via balangoda-Kaltota-Hambegamuwa road to Udawalawe as expected  Cry, however planning again next week  Roll Eyes.
Purhaps I would take the route from Udawalwe to Colombo via Hambegamuwa-Kaltota-Balangoda-Rassagala-Ratnapura-Colombo on my return trip.

How long (approx hrs) will it take from;

1. Udawalawe to Balangoda via Hambegamuwa, Kalthota (planning to visit Duvili Ella, Diyavini Ella, etc)
2. Balangoda to Ratnapura via Rassagala? (if you assume I visit to see few water falls by the road)

I hope these 2 scenic routes can be covered in a day (assuming I leave Udawalawe at 9am)
Vehicle is a 4x4 vehicle.

Thanks in Advance!
Chamara
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 08:18:10 AM »


How long (approx hrs) will it take from;

1. Udawalawe to Balangoda via Hambegamuwa, Kalthota (planning to visit Duvili Ella, Diyavini Ella, etc)
2. Balangoda to Ratnapura via Rassagala? (if you assume I visit to see few water falls by the road)

I hope these 2 scenic routes can be covered in a day (assuming I leave Udawalawe at 9am)


While it is possible to drive from Udawalawe to Ratnapura in a day along this route, to experience the beauty and enjoy the scenary and attractions you need to spend two days. So do one of the stretches in this trip and explore the other in another day.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010, 10:58:34 PM »

Thanks Priyanjan and Mithila for your input on this.

I'm planning to start early morning from Colombo and to take Ratnapura-Rassagala-Balangoda-Udawalawe route. Depending on the time available, can decide whether to visit Duvili Ella, Diyavini Ella, etc. At least the covering the scenic route is an achievement.  Wink
I want to arrive in Udawalawe park at least by 4pm for a round of safari.

I'll update you about the journey...

Regards
Chamara

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As promised, this is the update from the journey...

- We started the journey to Uda Walawe via Balangoda from Colombo at about 5.30AM on 20th August, 2010.
- There was a continuous light rain from Avissawella onwards up to Balangoda. At Ratnapura, due to the weather condition we decided not to go through Alupola, Rassagala road to Balangoda, assuming the weather condition is not good to visit the water falls along that route.
- We continued on A4 route further and arrived in Balangoda by 9AM.
- A very light rain continued when we were passing the Sabaragamuwa University and Samanala Wewa dam area.
- We drove to Kuragala and climbed the rock. As it was cloudy day, climbing wasn't that hard even at 10AM.
- The road condition is good throughout up to Kaltota (and up to DiyaInna too).
- Visited the breathtaking Duvili Falls and spent some time there. I would say Duvili Ella is a magnificent water fall in Sri Lanka. The rock cliff of the fall is unique, flat and vertical. A must see by tourists.
- We were told the water fall is at its' lowest water levels as this is August, the dry season, but it wasn't that low as I saw.
- It was 2pm when we left Duvili Ella and drove to Kaltota, turned to right and drove to Diyainna along the bund of an irrigation canal. Surprisingly there wasn't a single hotel selling lunch after Kaltota junction, so we survived with some snaks.
- Diyawini Ella did not have sufficient water to impress us.  Wink
- It was then 3.30-4.00PM when we decided to turn back to go to Uda Walawe.
- If we go back to Kaltota and Welioya, it is a long distance to Hambegamuwa, so we asked a villager and found a 'short cut' to join the Hambegamuwa road from DiyaInna.
- We were lucky and told to take the road called "Damvel Odaya Road". The junction to this Damvel Odaya road is before 3-4kms before you see Diyavini Ella on the bund road. There is a sign board of a temple (sorry forgot to take a picture of this sign) at the junction and it says "..... Temple, Damvel Odaya".
- It is a gravel road in decent condition even 3 wheelers travel. At a course way (Sapattu Palama) the road crosses Walawe riiver. (See picture).
- There is a school called Laginagala Viduhala (School) before you meet the main road of Kaltota-Hambegamuwa and it is close to Dahaiyagala police post as I remember.
- The condition of the route upto Thanamalwila-Udawalawe road via Hambegamuwa is not good; bumby and a lot of holes, and this was the same back in 1990's as I remember.   Grin
- We passed Hambegamuwa and it was 5PM when we arrived at Uda walawe NP gate. 5PM is 1 hour late from my estimated time of arrival. As Priyanjan told it is very difficult to give an accurate time for a journey... and trips like this proves the statement.  Smiley
- We found we have missed a new road from Hambegamuwa to Udawalawe Park border on Thanamalwila road. I couldn't figure out how we missed the junction to turn at Hambegamuwa.  Roll Eyes
- Just after we entered the UW park, it started pouring in, and the rain was heavy overnight. The rain gave new life to dried up trees, surroundings and the animals inside the park. We saw the initial part of the park has burnt down (donno why or how). The rain continued till 9AM on 21st Saturday which caused us to cancel the pre-planned early morning safari.
- We stayed at Gonawiddagala Bungalow of Udawalawe NP.
- Few pictures attached. Last photo is Kuragala and DiyaInna mountain range as seen from Gonawiddagala Bungalow of Udawalawe NP on 21st Aug 2010 morning after the rain is seized.


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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 09:51:32 PM »

Hi Priyanjan,

Very big thanks for the superb trip-plan for Balangoda area.  Smiley
What is your proposal for the follows:
Vehicle : a small van with an average ground clearance ( suppose a vanete )
Start : From Wellawaya at 8.00am
End : 9.00 pm @ Colombo
Crew : 8 ( 4 to 60 years)
Interests : Waterfalls ( Diyaluma, Duli ella & more with minimum effort ), Archeological sites, natural bathing etc

Just a flow diagram is sufficient.  Wink

regards,
viraj
 

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