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

(From Bambarella through Kalupahana along Kalu-ganga to Rambukoluwa and Pallegama) Continuing from  The Hike of My Life - 4 Days in the Knuckles Range (Part 3) Day 4 We were determined to find a way to get to the bottom of the 9th water fall. The night before, each of us agreed to take two-hour shifts to guard the tent, but by the end of the night it had changed, at least two of us were awake the whole time and spent time talking (I'm just gonna drop the fact that we were too scared to take the watch alone :)   Since our food supplies were running out and mostly because we had no clue when we'd be able to reach human habitat, we decided to start the journey as early as 6 am after having a little breakfast and packing up the tent. To reach the bottom, had go around the water fall and it was a slippery slope, but actually that made us go faster using tree branches as a support, It felt like flying. More that two hours of climbing down, found the river, but it was li
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The Hike of My Life - 4 Days in the Knuckles Range(Part 3)

(From Bambarella through Kalupahana along Kalu-ganga to Rambukoluwa and Pallegama) Continuing from  The Hike of My Life - 4 Days in the Knuckles Range (Part 2) Day 3 The morning was cold, way colder than the night. After having a little breakfast, some crackers with cheese and coffee we let ourselves out around 8 am heading for the place where the trail branched off to two just after passing the tree-trunk bridge. The previous day we tried the trail to the right, since it did not give us much hope our only chance was trying the trail to the left. The set of water falls including Doowili Falls belongs to Kalu Ganga, the river flowing northeast, initiating from the middle of Knuckles range. So our decision was based on pure logic, just follow a stream which will eventually follow you to the river and that was exactly what we did, although the trail got lost we kept pushing forward, descending, following the sound of the streams and eventually found the starting point of a stre

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

(From Bambarella through Kalupahana along Kalu-ganga to Rambukoluwa and Pallegama) Continuing from  The Hike of My Life - 4 Days in the Knuckles Range (Part 1) Day 2 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 17 th , 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

From Horton Plains to Bogawanthalawa

Hiking Kirigalpoththa Mountain and the Bridle Trail This hike consisted of two trails, first one is Kirigalpoththa, the famous nature trail which is also the second highest mountain in Sri Lanka with an altitude of  2388m above mean sea level and the Bridle Trail which is also famous among hikers that has a history running to the colonial era. ( Special Permission from the Department of Wildlife is needed to do the bridle trail.) The Crew consisted of four,me and three of my friends. We left Colombo in the night mail train to Badhulla which leaves at 8.00 pm from Fort and arrived at Ohiya at 5.00 am in the morning next day hired a van to Horton Plains visitors' center. It was early in the morning, actually we were the ones who woke up the officer at Horton Plains entrance :D We knew that the earlier you go to Horton plains the more sambhar stags you get see and we did. After passing the entrance we saw hundreds of sambhar stags roaming in the plains, Even though I had vis

Hike to Horton Plains from Belihul-oya (Ihalagalagama)

It's too late, hiking-mania has already carved in our minds and this hike was like one of our dreams come true, so without any goofing off here's our next hike, to Horton Plains from Belihuloya, Ihalagalagama. With a crew of 4, we arrived at Fort bus station to catch the Badhulla bus (no. 99). It was around 1.00   am and the bus left at 1.45 am from Fort, after a journey of 4 hours we got off right in front of Belihuloya Rest and you can see the road to Ihalagalagama running uphill. It was exactly 5.58 am and our hike began. Plan was to go across Non Perial Estate-Nagarak division, Horton Plains through World's End observation point to Ohiya and catch the night mail train back to Colombo. This hike is considered to be one of the toughest in Sri Lanka, so we had be more cautious than our previous ones and also this trail is prohibited after 2006 and a special permit must be obtained from the department of wildlife to do this hike and also this is supposed to be the

Hike to Uthuwankanda and Bathalegala- part 2

Continuing from  Hike to Uthuwankanda and Bathalegala- part 1 Then we came back to Mawanella, had our lunch and luckily after getting some directions we could catch the bus to Bathalegala junction when it was just about to leave, there was only one bus for few hours in that route otherwise we had to get off at Gevilipitiya and travel 4km to Bathalegala junction which we had to do after returning. From Bathalegala junction there was 2.5km to the trail head, it was a small concrete paved way and starting from the junction it was one continuous climb. The concrete paved way A glimpse at our destination