Next day I got up early in the morning and Got into a bus from Yakkala to go to Kandy & I was right on time in Kandy. There I met some my batch mates and few seniors to go on that hike in all 9 of us.We got on to a Kandy- Walapane bus from Kandy good-shed bus stand. It was around 10.30 when we arrive at Walapane finishing a Rs. 73.00 costing bus journey. From Walapane we had to buy everything we need such as food we need because we are not going to meet any shops on our trail to buy anything again.Walapane was kind of rural but a populated area. We had our breakfast from one of the little hotels there and thankfully our charges were settled by one of our seniors dad.
|The road that we had to follow to come to Walapane|
after that we had to hurry up to start our hike on our trail. As the people said its going to take around 5 hours to get to the water fall. we had to walk on Walapane Nuwara eliya road for about 500m and then we could see the long staircase to a Japanese temple or the Japanese pagoda called peace pagoda. There were around 200 stairs to climb up & it was horrible.But the scenery in front of our eyes was really beautiful.
|8 of the guys in front of the entrance to the pagoda|
|The scenery from the stairs to the temple|
|The Dagoba at Peace pagoda|
|Lord Buddha statue|
|Nicely trimmed trees in a artistic way|
|Having a chat|
from there onwards we had to travel on a kind of not well prepared road and some parts of the road were damaged by landslides. we knew it was dangerous but but it was a quick way to climb up so we used that land slided area to climb up. The soil there was loose and it wasn't easy to climb up.
|climbing up in the landslide area|
|Pattern in the rocks(cracks)|
|Scenery to the road|
|First glimpse of sight of the waterfall|
There onwards we had to walk through a thick forest for about 1km or so & that part of the trail was not that easy. It was slippery with lots of slippery leaves making a slippery cover over the soil. There were few bumble bee hives on the rock too. we had to be silent and keep quiet. Anyway there was no way of loosing the trail to the waterfall because it was regularly used trail to go to that waterfall by hikers. For this part of the hike you must have good hiking gears. That means you should be well dressed for the hike with a pair of trousers, long sleeved top, & pair of boots at least. The reason is there was a tree called Maaussa and it was really poisonous. there was a poisonous nap on that tree and when our skin impinged on that tree in began to itch really bad. It was not only itching it was really painful too. We had to suffer from that pain for days and still I'm suffering from that pain(24/05/2011).
|All the guys engaged in this pilot hike in front of the waterfall|
|Kurundu oya ella upper part|
After enjoying there for about one hour we started our hike to the lower part of the waterfall. the trail was even harder. We had to search for a safe path for climbing down.Most of the area it was deep drops which we can't climb down.the soil was very loose and very slippery as before. But anyhow we got to the lower part of the waterfall. there also the rocks were even more slippery. so we had to minimize our movements and stand still and enjoy the beauty. There were nice flowers too
|Kurundu oya ella lower part|
On the way back we had to walk a bit quickly as we had to catch the last bus from Walapane to Kandy at 4.45pm however I was a bit tired with all the hard work for few days. Actually we were not lucky enough to catch that bus to Kandy but Luckily there was a bus to Keerthi Bandarapura at 5 pm.So we had to come by that bus and catch a Badulla- Kandy bus from Keerthi Bandarapura to come to Kandy. Without any problem we could get those Buses and ended our hike safely but with minor injuries with that poisonous Maaussa trees. We could come to Kandy at about 8.30.
This Natures marvel Kurundu oya ella is the 2nd tallest Waterfall in Sri Lanka being 206 m (676 ft) high. But its lesser known among people.Surely that's not because any shortage of its beauty but only because of its location. Its located in a remote & outlying area in the country away from populated areas. Because of that this place is not yet polluted that much. Its Natural beauty is still preserved. So its our duty to keep this waterfall away from pollution.
""Please Please humans love our mother nature and Don't Harm it....................""