25 February 2009
Laxapana waterfall and its surrounding is a perfect location for hiking and camping.
To reach here, you have to travel along Avissawella - Nuwara Eliya Road (A7) and turn towards Norton Bridge after Ginigathhena (Sri Pada road via Nallathanni). After traveling about 8km from Norton Bridge towards Maskeliya you have to turn to your right to Seven Hill Farm. Then, you have to proceed further 3km on this road to reach this waterfall. Alternatively you may turn from Kalugala on A7 (About 5km after Kithulgala) and again turn to the right towards Maussakelle/Maskeliya before Norton Bridge. The waterfall is formed by Maskeliya Oya which is a tributary of River Kelani.
The fall is about 125m tall and it is a magnificent creation of Mother Nature. There is a huge flat rock formation on top of the fall and you can get to both the top and the bottom of the fall easily. One advice: You have to be very careful as the water levels in this area changes quite rapidly with even the slightest of rain. One of the most striking views is the Saptha Kanya Mountain Range from top of the waterfall. You can travel to Laxapana and camp near the falls and visit many places from there. If you are climbing Saptha kanya you need to come prepared and it will take a full day.
There are quite a few waterfalls in this surrounding area and I will bring details on those later.
You can view this photo in this wonderful Dutch Website - in their guest photo section.