Kabbale Kanda Trail

Kanneliya Forest Reserve located in theGalledistrict is the largest of the KDN, or Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, forest complex. Kanneliya supposed to be the most biologically diverse forest in the country which even surpasses theSinharajaRain Forestin terms of bio-diversity.

The Kanneiliya Conservation Centre is the only designated entry point of this complex. The trail to Kabbale Mountain and Anagimale Falls is the longest and the most adventurous walk you can do in Kanneliya Reserve.

This trail starts off from the Kanneliya Conservation Centre. It first climbs up to theKabbaleMountainPeakwhere a panoramic view of the KDN complex can be seen. The trail completes the circle climbing down to the “Anagimale” water fall and winding through the forest along an abandoned logging trail back to the conservation center.

 

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Kirigalopoththa Mountain

Kirigalpottha Mountain is second highest mountain of Sri Lanka. Situated in Horton Plains national park, Sri Lanka. Highest mountain of Sri Lanka is Piduruthalagala Mountain. It's situated closed to Nuwaraeliya. It's 2524m high above sea level. Kirigalpottha is second and about 2395m high from sea level. Third highest mountain in Sri Lanka is Totupala Mountain and it is situated at east side of the Horton plains. Kirigalpottha is situated at the west side of the Horton plains. Kirigalpottha consist of several beauties and high amount of endemic varieties. Especially endemic birds, endemic plants, endemic animals are present in the Mountain. Maharathmal flowers (Rhododendron Arboretum), deer, horn chameleon, jungle fowl which also endemic varieties can be found at the Mountain. Leopards are kept for this place for keep naturally in environmental equilibrium. Travel to this place is some what different.

Photos above are taken at the Ohiya railway station. Its a nice and a very cold place to spent a night. We reached there at about 4.30 am. Its about 8 hours from Colombo by train. If you go there always talk to the railway staff, they are very kind and they'll help you as they can.

Ohiya to Horton plains, One of the most scenic routes in Sri Lanka. We went on this route around 7.00 am, that is the best time for photographers who want to play with the mist. Most of the people who visit Horton plains, they only focus on plains, remember there is lot to see on the way. We saw various kinds of birds on the way and if you are really lucky you can see a leopard. If you can, walking will be the best way because we also were on foot. But remember to be quiet and listen to that mystic jungle.

Photos above are taken on the way to Kirigalpoththa peak inside the Horton plains national park, and the photos below are taken at the peak. On the way you will see the elks. Be careful, don't provoke them. No matter who you are, the leader of that elk group will attack you. so always be quiet.

Important note - If you are on foot, manage your time because you have to walk 11.3km from Ohiya to Horton plains, and Kirigalpoththa trail is 6km. So the whole journey will be 36km. Our advice is to start your journey back before 5.00pm. Because after the ticket counter you won't find anything except jungle and mist till you reach to Ohiya. And on that time mist will be very thick and dark. If it begin to rain you will be in a big trouble, If you got a vehicle it is not easy to drive in that narrow roads with that mist. So safety first, be careful. We had that scary experience on our way back to Ohiya.

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Hiking - Knuckles Range

Knuckles Range is one such popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka that is ideally suited for both amateur and veteran hikers. You can pick anything between a 2 to an 8 km hike, and find yourself spotting a variety of aviaries, animals, flora and fauna.

Stretching over both the Kandy and Matale districts of Sri Lanka; Knuckes Range is approachable from Matale, Kandy, Wattegama, Laggala and Hasalaka. Spanning an area of 18,512 hectares, this popular tourist attraction of Sri Lanka has its own unique ecosystem. The main mountain range is spread over 12 miles. Deriving its name from the image of a clenched fist, the mountain range is a key source from which many rivers in Sri Lanka are formed. Hulu River, Heen River and Kalu River all start from Knuckles Range, hikers will surely delight in the numerous waterfalls and streams to be found.

Amongst the 141 species of flowers, 250 varieties of trees to be found in this mountain range 160 of these species are said to be endemic. Wildlife at Knuckles Range is also diverse, visitors can spot a variety of birds and larger animals like elephants, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar and leopard. There is much to be found and explored at this popular attraction in Sri Lanka.

These photos were taken between Bambarella and Meemure villages (35 Km). There are no foot paths from Batagalla to Meemure, the only help out there was our map and the compass. We came to Bambarella by bus (B205), from Bambarella to Batagalla there is a minor road. Batagalla is the last place that we found human activities since we reach to Meemuree. After Batagalla we started to climb the rock mountain called "Rilagala" (1604.77). Then on the second day we started to follow the tiny water stream which becomes a handy river called "Heen Gaga" at Meemuree. We were beaten by the nature several times along the root of the water stream, we were challenged by shocking dedends, mystic water holes, waterfalls, leeches and lot more, due to those reasons we missed lots of shots. This mystic jungle is thousand times beautiful than these photos, we say it because we saw that magic. Special thanks to Mr Dayalan at Batagalla villege and Mr Vijitha, a government officer at Meemuree that helped us a lot.

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