18 September 2016

Idalgashinna


I like railway stations. Typically, lonely little ones in the hill country like Rozella and Great Western.

Idalgashinna is by far the most beautiful railway station in Sri Lanka. It is situated between two stations Ohiya and Haputhale. It is at an elevation of 1600m from the mean sea level.

Idalgashinna is a vantage point and you can see panaromic views from both sides of the station. The stretch between Idalgashinna and Haputhale gap is very scenic. On a clear day, you can see up to Hambanthota towards South and beyond Nuwaraeliya - Welimada from the North. But that is a rarity as most of the days, mist is covering the surrounding areas.

The 8km stretch between Ohiya and Idalgashinna also unique, as the train passes through 14 tunnels! That is the maximum for a stretch between 2 stations in Sri Lanka.

To learn more on railway tracks in Sri Lanka, refer my earlier post.

10 September 2016

Sunset in the Mountains


This picture was taken near Uda Diyaluma around 6pm.

We went pass Diyaluma falls on A4 and turned to a gravel road. Then climbed about 2 km along a footpath through the forest and reached here. We walked further and reached a point above Uda Diyaluma falls and camped there overnight.

Faraway, we can see Balathoduwa and Gonmollikanda.

This is one of the best area for hiking and camping in Sri Lanka.

05 September 2016

Kirigalpoththa Next Step


Dear All,

There are more people into hiking. I made many like minded friends over the past few years through hiking.
So I thought of expanding Kirigalpoththa to the next level with the help of a few friends.

If anyone willing to come to Sri Lanka and experience a bit of adventure via hiking and camping, we are ready to help you. Just go through our Join Us page and ask for details.

Yes, we are a bit of a small community now.

Best,
K


02 September 2016

Uda Diyaluma


Diyaluma is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka after Bambarakanda. Remember I told you that, there are many hiking routes in an around this area.

You can discover many smaller waterfalls on top of Diyaluma formed by Poonagala Oya. This is one of the more beautiful ones situated just above Diyaluma. We call it Uda (Upper) Diyaluma Falls.

29 August 2016

Giant Vine



This giant woody vine (Liana or 'Pus' wela in local language) can be seen near Hunuwila, Opanayake between Pelmadulla and Balangoda. As per what I have heard, a major part of this vine was cutoff sometime back for no apparent reason. Still this is one of the biggest of this variety in the country.

You can see the bigger part of the vine on the left bank. A part of it goes over the river to the other side. The river is known as Wey Ganga, which is a tributary of River Kalu

I have seen a smaller cousin of this variety in Sinharaja sometime back.