24 March 2010

Towards Laxapana


Hope you remember the road to Diyaluma Falls and Bambarakanda Falls, I posted longtime back.

Most of the roads leading to waterfalls in Sri Lanka are quite stunning. The above picture is another example.

It was taken as soon as I turned towards Laxapana waterfall from Maskeliya road, near Seven Hills Farm. The mist covered mountain is Saptha Kanya Range.

28 comments:

Carol said...

This photograph is beautiful and mysterious! It leads the viewer right into the setting about to walk around the curve towards the waterfalls! The Saptha Kanya Range is stupendous!

1ondoncalling said...

Laxapana sounds like an exotic place!
Does it mean something special in Sri Lankan?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Carol,
Glad you like it. I got the same mysterious feeling when I walked in this little stretch! Thanks a lot for your comments!

1ondoncalling,
There are quite a few meanings. Some of them are mentioned in the comments section of this post.
The most probabble meaning was given by Sigma - 'I heard that that the name is derived from the Sinhala words of "Laxa" means Hundred thousand and "Pahana" or "Pashana" means rock'.
Thanks a lot for your comments!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi K, That picture is fabulous ---and looks almost like a painting... I definitely remember those waterfalls!!! How could I forget them????ha
Betsy

Dev Wijewardane said...

that's an amazing part of the country.

Chavie said...

This also reminded me of this photo from Sinhalaya Travels. Beautiful shot. Have you hiked in the Saptha Kanya range?

Amaris in Wonderland said...

Gorgeous. Once again, i must say that the terrain reminds me of a few places here in BR.

The angle of the shot is perfect - and inviting! I'd love to jump in, and go exploring. :)

Offthebeatentrack said...

Amazing, can almost smell the fresh air of the hills! I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how you get around on these trips, both getting to the areas themselves and then travel within the location? Looking to start trekking once the diving season on the West coast ends and trying to figure out how to do it without a vehicle.

Me-shak said...

K, You allways amaze me with your work. Thjis picture is super! It has it's own mistry hidden in it! I can imagine how it would have been to acctually be there!
Super stuff :D
Cheers!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Betsy,
We both have same liking about waterfalls.. isn't it? :D

Dev,
Yes..trully amazing part!

Chavie,
Oh yes 'Meemure' road is another beauty! I have hiked in this area and once tried to climb Saptha Kanya but failed halfway. It is difficult to climb from this side as theere is a sheer precipice. You have to come around the mountain. Must try it oneday!

Amaris,
Glad you like it..and yes I have alreaday seen a few similar places from you blog!

Offthebeatentrack,
I'm glad to help you! :)
I have mentioned the route to Laxapana here. If you are travelling by public transport you have to take Hatton bus via Ginigathhena and then Maskeliya bus via Norton Bridge.. Or train to Hatton and then Maskeliya bus.(usual Sri Pada road via Nallathanni)
Just drop an email to kirigalpoththa@yahoo.com if you need more info :)

Thanks all for your comments!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Me-shak,
Saptha Kanya and surrounding area is always like that! Inexplicable beauty!! You must visit this place with your Kalu kella one day! :D
Thanks for your comments!

Nicole said...

It must be beautiful to drive along that road and enjoy that lush scenery!

Anonymous said...

If you've not done so already,try the hike upto the top of Diyaluma; its indeed a worthwhile one. There are three possible ways, one along a cart road from the Koslanda/ Wellawaya road, the other two from the Poonagala/ Koslanda road.

http://taurus19lk.blogspot.com/2009/04/magical-moments.html

rainfield61 said...

The color combination is great.

George said...

You've done a beautiful job with this picture. I like the mist over the mountains and the way the road curves away toward unseen wonders.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Nicole,
Yes, a drive on these roads is very interesting! Roads are not that good but anyway it is good to drive slowly so you can enjoy the nature more!

Anonymous,
I have seen Sigma's account and it was enthralling! I have hiked these areas but not gone to the top of Diyaluma. I must try one of those routes..Thanks a lot for the information!

Rainfield,
Thanks mate! Yes it came up quite well!

George,
Glad you like it! I'll upload more photos in this route and surrounding areas!

Thanks all for your comments!

Sigma Delta said...

That was my comment about Diyaluma, except it got posted without me!

Penny Says said...

hey..this is beautiful..you do travel ALOT dont you????

1ondoncalling said...

Thank you!
That's really interesting, kinda makes sense too!

Femin Susan said...

The waterfalls in sri lan lanka are surely stunning. It will be very nice if you could take incredible pictures like this one and make an album of your possessions.
Cheers!

Rajesh said...

Amazing shot, very nice composition.

Ann said...

I hope the car will take you to the fall without walking too far. Last Sat, I walked 4 hours to the fall.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Sigma,
Sorry, I should have known that is you. Thanks very much for the info. I’ll contact you when I plan to do a hike in Diyaluma area. I’m quite tempted to go there too.

Penny,
Thanks! I try to travel more than an average person :)

1ondoncalling,
Thanks again! This area actually has lots of rocks/stones. :)

Femin Susan,
Good to hear from you after long time! Good suggestion and I’ll think about it :D
Hope you will continue your beautiful blog Colors of Joy!
Cheers!!

Rajesh,
Glad you like it!

Ann,
This one will take much less than 4 hours.:)
You have to walk about half a kilometer to reach Laxapana fall.

Thanks all for your comments.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful shot! Very, very cool.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Jennifer,
Thanks a lot for dropping by and for your comments!

Sankara Subramanian C said...

Brillianto! Excellent cycling terrain I guess!

Love the clouds kissing the mountains!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Sankara,
Yes, it is a great area for cycling. Infact lot of things to see in close proximity.
Thanks for your comments!

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