Amazing Adventure Of Hiking Attipola In Sri Lanka
Deduru Oya is the fifth longest river in Sri Lanka. Deduru Mbaya, which feeds many large farmlands in the Kurunegala district, originates from the streams that originate from the mountains located on the border of Matale and Kandy districts in the Ridigama region secretariat. Delvita Oya is the first stream that joins this Deduru river which starts from the Ridigama region secretariat division. After that, Kuda Oya is connected to Deduru Oya. So, both of these streams called Kuda Oya and Delvita Oya are connected through Ridigama Predeshiya Secretariat Division. So this is where the 142 km long Deduru Oya, the fifth longest in Sri Lanka, begins. This Delvita Oya is the mainstream that feeds the Deduru Oya and it is a very strange stream that does not flow no matter how much water comes. No matter how much rain comes, if it does not rain, there must be a good water catchment area, right? It was while searching for that information that we came to know that this Delvita Oya starts from Atipola mountain.
Climbing this 1265-meter-high Attipola mountain is not an easy journey. At the same time, another problem that came to us was finding a guide to climb the mountain. Anyway, here we are at 567 Kiribatgalle Grama Niladhari SD at the foot of Mount Atipola. Contacted Mr Prabhat Gunawardena. So Mr Prabhat made all the necessary arrangements for our trip, so the work became very easy. We left Ridigamin at around six in the morning, came to Katupilagolla on Kappitigala Road and turned left to Delwita Road. We are now going on this Delwita Road. Just as he was going, a phone call came from Mr Prabhat, the village official. Where is my brother? You will have to come soon, if you don’t go before the sun goes down, the journey will be a bit difficult. It shows the difficulty of the journey, that’s why we stopped taking pictures in the middle of the journey and hurried the journey.
After travelling about 4 km on the Delvita road, we reached the Delvita junction. From that junction, we continued further, after another kilometre of travel, we turned right to the Kiribatgalle road, another km on that road. After about two hours we reached Kiribatgalle. At Kiribatgalle, a middle-aged person touched our vehicle and the vehicle stopped. The village officials said that the gentleman went in front of the gentlemen and told them to continue. So we continued to move forward according to his instructions. After about another kilometre, the carpet road ended.
From here, we have to go up five times and about two kilometres up, which is exactly what is called Upper Halgolla. Even though the road is difficult, we have travelled up the difficult road, reducing the distance to walk. In some places, we even had to remove trees that had fallen on the road. As soon as the villagers came out of their houses and looked at the vehicle, we realized that this type of vehicle had never come on this road before. Mr Village officer came with a group of about twenty young people and warmly welcomed us to Kiribatgalle.
We stopped the vehicle at the upper Halgolla and started our journey. As soon as the trip started, the village officer gave everyone a kumbuk plant. I gave everyone a kumbuk plant. By saying, I have asked a question. All the six streams that supply water to Delvita Oya come from this Attipola mountain, so every time we go to this mountain, everyone takes a plant and plants it on the mountain. Mr Prabhat replied to my question by saying that we have already planted 300 saplings such as Kumbuk, Mee, Daba and Veralu. In the past, there were cocoa and rubber plantations in the upper part of Halgolla village, and tea plantations were in the upper part, but in the days of the colonial period, we are now walking through a cocoa plantation in the lower part. These cocoa trees are still visible today from the cultivation of the colonial period.
After a quick ascent along the pepper plantations for about a kilometre, we reached Gunathilaka Mama’s place. Coming with the village’s youth group, we took a ten-minute little rest here. Chaminda and Gunathilaka, who have a good understanding of the roads of Mount Atipola, joined our journey from here as our previous travellers. We started our journey again and after about another kilometre we reached the road that the Englishmen had taken that day. This is where we spent our second trip. There used to be a road where the horse used to travel from Kanuwa 6 to Tuttiripitiya in Matale. The border between Western and Central Provinces is along that road.
People coming from the Matale sub-region should come to Tuttiripitiya and climb up through the pine forest along the road where the horse travelled. If you come from Ovilikanda Kanuwa 6 side, we have to go up along the road that this horse travelled from Kanuwa 6 to where we are now. So these three roads come together here. Story after story, we have come up another seven or eight hundred meters and now we are right in Ranamale. Right here in Ranamale, we found another place. Something strange is happening in this place. That’s what the uncle who comes to this place does, he gathers the telijja among the Kitul trees and in the evening he prepares the Kitul honey and goes to his village which is six to seven kilometres away. So that’s the routine every day anyway, so if you go to Atipola from this site, you can see some of the most amazing kitul syrup.
Saying goodbye to Ranamele means that the journey has come a long way. On the way up from Ranamale, the upper part of Mount Attipola could be seen on the left through the trees. Now we have completed three-quarters of Atipola mountain, we climbed up along a ridge of 60 degrees. This was the hardest part of the journey we had to cross.
After that, we visited a tea plantation. Some of the tea trees must be tea trees that were planted during the time of the British man. Because those tea trees are so old, after that we reached a new tea plantation. After that, we reached Atipola mountain. This place is completely covered by Mana and there is no road to walk on. We reached the first stone plateau of Attipola mountain, splitting the mana grass that had plants higher than our height.
Since it is an open place here, when we saw that we had come up from the bottom, we could not even imagine that we had come so far up. The top of the Atipola is completely covered, in the places where the soil. you can see big trees. Now it is past 11.30 in the morning, and everyone was given a small parcel of string hopers wrapped in Kanda leaf along with the coconut sambal. The people of the village have come together because they know the difficulty of the journey.
After eating string Hopper, we have to start the journey again. From here, we have to go to the top of the mountain for more than one kilometre, Prabhat pointed to our destination. Sometimes we had to walk along paths and in some places we had to crawl. Anyway, after another difficult journey, we reached the top of Atipola. At the top of Atipola, there is a six-foot-high circular structure made of stone.
There is a 360 view. Our time means that we are blessed to see Sri Pada here. Knuckles mountain range. Riverston, Karagahatenna transmission blacks, Moragahkanda and Ambokka mountains are some of the big mountain ranges to see.