Giant Vine

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This giant woody vine (Liana or 'Pus' wela in local language) can be seen near Hunuwila, Opanayake between Pelmadulla and Balangoda. As per what I have heard, a major part of this vine was cutoff sometime back for no apparent reason. Still this is one of the biggest of this variety in the country.On the left bank, you can see ...

Kalumediriya

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After a quest of 4 years, I found Kalumediriya (Calamander or Coromandel - Diospyros quaesita) saplings. As I mentioned in my previous post, Kalumediriya is endemic to Sri Lanka and it is one of the rarest plants. It is a slow growing tree and it takes more than 100 years to grow to its full scale. This is classified as ...

Mohini

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This 100 feet waterfall is known as Mohini Falls. It is situated 2km from Nallathanni, on the way to Sri Pada.The water cascades like flowing hair of a woman. As per the folklore, Mohini is a female non-human spirit (ghost) who target men. A few men would dare to walk near the falls alone, after dusk.

Enchanting Forest

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Another photo from the cloud forest of Sri Pada reserve. Isn't it magical to wander in these forests?

Crying Demon

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This 60m waterfall is situated above Sama Chetiya (Peace pagoda) of Nallathanni Sri Pada route. The name of the falls is 'Yaka Handu Ella'. It translated to 'waterfall of the crying demon'. I have no idea how it got its name.I took a photo of the same falls sometime back from the top of Adam's peak.

Cloud Forest

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Cloud forests are generally found in tropical mountainous areas. The main characteristic is that there is a low cloud layer. The mist gives an enchanted look to the forest. Cloud forests are quite rare and found in very few places in the world. Luckily, we find cloud forests in most of the montane rain forests in Sri Lanka.Above picture was taken in side a cloud forest somewhere in Sri Pada range.

Off Season

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Sri pada season is from December to April each year. Any other period is off season and not many people go there. The weather is not suitable and temple at the top of the mountain is closed and open for few hours during full moon poya days only.Yet, travelling during off season has other virtues. This picture was taken in ...

Makara Thorana to Sama Vihara

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This is the path from Makara Thorana to Sama Vihara on the way to Sri Pada peak (Nallathanni Route). When you take the bend, you will see four more water falls.

Kaluwara and Kalumediriya

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I have a few Kaluwara (Ebony - Diospyros ebenum) trees in my garden. The timber is jet black and one of the hardest. These plants are now available at many places in Sri Lanka.I am still looking for a rare tree called Kalumediriya (Calamander or Coromandel - Diospyros quaesita). The tree seem to be very similar to Kaluwara. It is ...

Garden After 5 Years

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This is my home garden.The top picture was taken in 2011 when we first did the landscaping. Second picture is taken a few days ago.See the difference that it has done over the 5 years. There are 31 trees planted in my 15 perch land (around 500 sq.m) including Ebony, Satinwood, Hora, Mango and Kumbuk.In another 5 years, it should look like Sinharaja Forest

Lakegala

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This is a super destination for hikers. Lakegala is situated in Knuckles Mountain Range close to a very remote village called Meemure. The above picture was taken from that village. As per the legend, Ravana, a mythological king of Sri Lanka used this mountain as a landing strip for his aircraft.Once I tried this with a bunch of friends but ...

Lakegala

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This is a super destination for hikers. Lakegala is situated in Knuckles Mountain Range close to a very remote village called Meemure. The above picture was taken from that village. As per the legend, Ravana, a mythical king of Sri Lanka used this mountain as a landing strip for his aircraft.Once I tried this with a bunch of friends but ...

Norochcholai

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This photo was taken near Norochcholai close to Puttalam Town (Pass Mundal Lagoon) Norochcholai is a fishing village. Also this area is close to famous dolphin watching sea area around Kalpitiya. Norochcholai is just three hour drive from Colombo.

Norochcholai

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This photo was taken near Norochcholai close to Puttalam Town (Pass Mundal Lagoon) Norochcholai is a fishing village. Also this area is close to Kalpitiya which is famous for dolphin and whale watching. Norochcholai is just three hour drive from Colombo.

Poonagala

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This picture of Poonagala hills was taken from Wellawaya. I love Wellawaya because of this scenery.Poonagala hills are famous for its viewing points such as Lipton Seat, Millennium Point and Pilkington’s Point. Also Diyaluma falls form from the streams flowing from these hills.

Poonagala

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This picture of Poonagala hills was taken from Wellawaya. I love Wellawaya because of this scenery.Poonagala hills are famous for its viewing points such as Lipton Seat, Millennium Point and Pilkington’s Point. Also Diyaluma falls form from the streams flowing from these hills.

Towards Diyathalawa

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You will go through this Pinus forest, if you travel from Haputhale to Diyathalawa. Haputhale, Diyathalawa and Bandarawela known for their cool and less humid climates, quite close to temperate zones in the world.This stretch of forest is about 3-4 km. More pictures of this beautiful area is shown here.

Towards Diyathalawa

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I went thru' this forest, while travelling from Haputhale to Diyathalawa. Haputhale, Diyathalawa and Bandarawela known for cool and less humid climates, quite close to temperate zones in the world.This stretch of forest is about 3-4 km. More pictures of this beautiful area is shown here.

Surathalee

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This waterfall, known as Surathalee Ella, was seen on the way from Beragala to Balangoda. It is a delightful sight on the A4 road.