Exploring the pristine wild - part2
Natural Pools above Meemure Village where we had a bath
We started the walk from Atanwala,
camped on top of Dumbara Ella for the night, visited Duwili and crossed
the Kandy-Matale district border to come to Rahana Ketu Pathana
...From Rahana Ketu Pathana to the
rock beds of Heen Ganga
The sunrise from Rahana Ketu Pathana was a glorious sight. Hasalaka
side was lit up since 5.00 am but the big fire ball made its appearance
only around 6.00am. As soon as the sun came out, the cold airs started
disappearing and we knew it would be scorching hot within another half
Hence,we had a quick breakfast & started our walk for the third day.
We could see Meemure paddy fields far away and we knew there is a foot
path that would lead us to Meemure from Rahana Ketu Pathana. The
challenge was to find the path.
Luckily we found an opening among the growth of vegetation to our
right from the campsite. It looked like a path and was curved towards
our first target for the day. So, we took it. The path crossed Thanna
Wadiya and was faintly visible until 'Udawannimana Ruppa' as it was
fastly being encroached by the growing vegetation. 'Ruppa' is a place
where the wayfarers used to rest during the long walks of gone-by times.
The stone slabs on which they sat down still stay in the same position
and waterways still flow. We stopped there for a few minutes.
Tall waterfall which we saw after passing Dandenikumbura
'Udawannimana Ruppa', we could not find any trace of the path and we
were stranded on top of a drop. We knew that we had to climb down the
drop but the footpath has been disappeared. After roaming around for a
while, we noticed a steep path that goes down.
Judging by the conditions of the route, it was apparent that it was a
path taken by animals. Walking down that path required us to be on all
The game path luckily brought us to a human trampled foot path within
two hours. The lovely music of water streams made our journey downhill a
We gave our tired legs a much deserved fish spa treatment at a
natural pool while having an ice cold bath and walked further down the
path which was becoming broader as we get closer to Meemure. We had some
refreshments at the village shop of Meemure and continued towards
Dandenikumbura. The path was clear and it made us cross several
waterways, abandoned paddy fields along with their resident buffaloes
and tall mountains adorned with beautiful waterfalls.
At Dandenikumbura, we took a quick break and continued the walk along
the footpath. A walk of about 30 mins brought us to a plain from where
we could see Lakegala and other mountains that form the border of the
The path ran parallel to the Heen Ganga where there were numerous
rock slabs on which we could set up camp. We fixed the tent on our
favourite Rock Slab (Gal Poththa) and slept on the rock beside the
walk to Sulugune Village
Our abode for the third night was bordered by thick growth of trees
on one side and on the other side ran the Heen Ganga. Hence, it was only
the glistening sunshine on water that announced us of the sun rise. We
had the 'rock-bed-tea' and spent some time creating rock-art in the
river before starting the walk for the fourth & the last day.
Heen Ganga flows along the path until Sulugune and hence, a bath is a
one step away when you are tired. We stopped for a long and much
deserved bath at a natural pool and continued the walk.
Within an hour, a small wooden hut used by the villagers to offer
alms to the monks greeted us. In another walk of 10 minutes, we were to
meet the first few houses of the Sulugune Village.
A three wheeler and a lorry took us to the Gini Petti Palama on
Hasalaka - Hettipola Road. We refreshed ourselves with Roti & Lunu Miris
at the small shop in the junction and took a bus to Mahiyanganaya from
where we boarded a bus to Kandy. We took another bus from Kandy to
Colombo and arrived in Fort around midnight.