01 September 2010

Kelani Valley


River Kelani flows through this splendid valley situated at the western edge of the Central Highlands.

This is one of my favorite areas of hiking and this particular picture was taken on the way from Laxapana Falls.

To see more scenic images, explore this wonderful site - Scenic Sunday.

31 comments:

betchai said...

wow, that is so peaceful and so inviting. the peacefulness and solitude of this place is awesome.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Betchai,
Yes, it is a perfect place for a nature lover.
Thanks a lot for your comments :)

Anjana said...

Wow! What a breathtaking shot!

How you mange to go hiking like this? I guess you are working somewhere right? lol

eileeninmd said...

It is a beautiful place and a very scenic photo.

rainfield61 said...

The far view looks so peaceful.

Naquillity said...

beautiful. incredible view. it's definitely a place for the nature lover to explore. have a great day.

SACHIRA said...

Every time I see such landscapes in your photos I envy you :) You are lucky to be living close to them.

Chavie said...

Beautiful picture K. Love that route from Avissawella up to Ginigathena, lovely scenery all around. :D

Me-shak said...

Lovely! I think the branch that is on the top part of the picture makes a great composition. The place is gorgeous. And I need to hike these places really soon.

Cheers!

Linnea W said...

Very scenic! I wish I didn't live so far from your beautiful home, or I'd come visit!

Amaris in Wonderland said...

Gorgeous!! The low hanging clouds in & around the mountain peaks are enchanting... Great capture!

Anjana brings up a good point - i think i want your job. :)

Frieda said...

A beautiful picture of a beautiful place.

George said...

It's easy to see why this is a favorite hiking area for you. It's absolutely beautiful.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Anjana,
Yes, working and hiking doesn’t go together that well. Manage to find time somehow in the weekends. Wish I had more time. :)

Eileen,
Thanks a lot :)

Rrainfield,
Yes, that is the best part of the scenery.

Naquillity,
Yes, It is a paradise for nature lovers.

Sachira,
Yes, I’m lucky that though I live in the city I can reach to these exquisite places within 2-3 hours drive :)

Chavie,
Yes, Avissawella up to Ginigathena route is fabulous. You can reach this particular place via same route, but you have to turn after Kithulgala towards Laxapana.

Me-shak,
Yes, you must start hiking now. Especially you have a new camera so you can show the places you hike to us too :)
Cheers!

Linnea,
Though you are faraway, you are always welcome if you ever plan a visit :)

Amaris,
My job is not that flexible, and I wish I get something like sabbatical leave :) Then, I can post couple of similar posts everyday! Glad you like the picture.

Frieda,
Thanks a lot :)

George,
Yes, I'm sure it will be a favorite area for you as well if you ever come this way :D

Thanks all for your wonderful comments.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow --what a fabulous photo, K... I love seeing all of those mountain peaks... AND --the fog and clouds on the mountains are gorgeous... Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place.
Betsy

Kirigalpoththa said...

Betsy,
You are most welcome :). Yes the scenery has all the ingredients.. mountain peaks, fog, clouds, forests and even grasslands. Thanks a lot for your comments.

cat said...

So beautiful with the clouds and mountains in the background.

Amila Kanchana said...

A perfect escape!

Ratty said...

I can see why it's one of your favorites. Yopu have such a varied landscape within sight there. That view of the mountains alone is worth being there.

NicoleB said...

I can never get enough from your photos of this magical place!
Wonderful!

Indrani said...

Beautifully captured... love the atmosphere.

Carol said...

What a landscape! Stunning! The mountains and mountains beneath and within the clouds... the foreground has some interesting flora. I like the tree with the red fruit. What a paradise. ;>)

Harumi said...

Such a picturesque spot for hiking! Those golden shrubs look exotic but stunning at the same time.

Crescendo said...

Wonderful valley !

magerata said...

Marvelous KP. Captures like these wrenches my heart, forcing me to nag my Mom for stuff Mommies collect in banks, drawers etc, so that I can have a short holiday in December. Perhaps I should get a job. THX.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Cat,
Thanks very much!

Amila,
Thanks mate!

Ratty,
Yes the view itself is something I always cherish while travelling this stretch. Hiking onto it is evn more amazing experience.

Nicole,
Thanks a lot as always :)

Indrani,
Many thanks :D

Carol,
Yes, it is stunning landscape here. The red spots are actually folowers and I saw quite a lot of similar flora in this area.

Harumi,
Many thanks for your comments as always. Yes it is absolutely picturesque scenery here.

Crescendo,
Thanks a lot :)

Magerata,
You better get a job mate :D

Thanks all for your comments!

Cassiopeia said...

It certainly looks like a magical island! I'd love to jump right in to that photo.

Ann said...

No matter now tired you are, you want to listen to the beckoning of the distant mountain." Climb me climb me."

Kirigalpoththa said...

Cassiopeia / Ann,
Thanks a lot for your comments. :)

Joyful said...

Very lovely area. I like the way you've captured so many mountain peaks and the mist over them.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Joyful,
Thanks a lot for dropping by and for your comments.