October 21, 2013

The Hike of My Life - 4 Days in the Knuckles Range(Part 2)

(From Bambarella through Kalupahana along Kalu-ganga to Rambukoluwa and Pallegama)



Amidst the freezing cold with thick mist we managed to pack our camping gear early in the morning and start the hike. Our plan was to climb down a little further and find a way to go around the mountain to avoid the cliff, so it took about one and half hours when we were climbing another mountain which seemed to be to the East where the huge cliff was, and could get to the top of it where there was another cloud forest beginning from the top which we had no choice but to cross. You can see the mountain I mentioned below (left photo) and the forest on the top (right photo).  If you zoom in you’ll notice the cardamom trees about 6 feet tall. This is the sight that made us jumped for joy, since this was the first clue that our first destination was closer.

The Hike of My Life - 4 Days in the Knuckles Range(Part 1)

(From Bambarella through Kalupahana along Kalu-ganga to Rambukoluwa and Pallegama)

“The hike of my life” as the title says, this was an experience of a lifetime for me and four of my friends which pushed us to our limits for four days in the wilderness in the Knuckles Range.

Day 1

July 17th, 2013, it was 7.30 am when Wattegama-Bambarella bus reached its last stop-Bambarella, 38km away from Kandy. After getting some misleading directions, finally found entrance to Lebanon State and along the Lebanon state vehicle track we headed for Rathnagiriya Estate.
Lebonon estate vehicle track