We started our journey from Colombo on 10th June night at 10 PM. We travelled along the Colombo - Badulla main road and we were able to reach to Kalupahana junction about 4 AM on the 11th June morning. This is a 24km long hike, so we decided to start our journey early in the morning. Before starting the journey, Mr. Bhatiya Tissera gathered a small meeting to provide advices and tips about the hike to undergraduates.
- Date - 11th June 2017.
- Number of days - One day trip.
- Crew - 67 Undergraduates & 24 Staff members.
- Transport - Private transport by Two buses & a Jeep.
- Activities - Trekking, Photography and Scenery.
- Weather - Clear sky.
- Route - Colombo > Kalupahana Junction > Babarakanda waterfalls > Ohiya.
- Tips, Special Remark - Take at least 3 liters of water & some food.
- Do not carry plastic items.
- The trek will be 24 km in distance.
- Families living in poverty in villages will be encountered during this trek and if you prefer , you can donate exercise books, pens , pencils, school bags, and other school items to the children.
- Leave nothing but footprints & take nothing but photographs.
- Author - Java Institute for Advanced Technology.
Thereafter we started our journey. We had planned to reach the Bambarakanda waterfall before 6 AM. So we walked with flashlights that we brought with us because there were no lights on this road. We were able to reach Bambarakanda waterfalls by 5:30 AM. The morning view of the waterfall is so beautiful with a little mist around. There is an open area near Bambarakanda rest. We decided to stay there for a while and had our breakfast.
After 2 km into the hike we came across some awesome scenery towards the Wangedigala and Gommolli range. The beautiful cascade of Bambarakanda was adding value to the scenery and the first landmark was a V-cut, and it was windy. After passing it we came to the causeway where the Bambarakanda stream met with the road.
Before Yahalathanna, there is a nice little natural pond placed near the roadside. It was a clear sky day so it was a bit warm. Our crew swam in that pond. It was an exciting activity to do during this hike. After the swim and take a rest we go through shortcut to Yahalathanna village. It's a shortcut, but it's very hard and rising trail. We spent an hour to climb this area and we waited for until our backup vehicle came from along the vehicle road.
About 2 PM we were able to reach the Yahalathanna village. It was a village with few houses a small school and a "Kovil". Families living in poverty in this village. So we take some exercise books, pens, pencils, school bags, and other school items donated to the children.
After passing the village, we passed another hill and reached the "West Haputhale" area. At one point we reached the Horton Plains shortcut, which takes one to the main road from Ohiya to Horton plains. Since we were not going to Horton plains we proceeded along the road and reached at Udaveriya.
The next milestone was the Udaveriya abandoned factory and traveling 7 km from the previous junction we reached the turpentine patch that lead us towards the Ohiya Horton plains road. We were glad that we finally reached the main road. Walking for 24 km enabled us to reach the Ohiya railway station. It was almost 15 hours of uphill walking. By 9 PM we were getting to our bus to return back to Colombo.