My Travel Story Of Sabaragamuwa Province
Today I am going to tell you about my visit to the Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka. Sabaragamuwa is a tourist hotspot full of waterfalls, rivers, and forests. There are two districts in the Sabaragamuwa Province namely Ratnapura and Kegalla. Ratnapura District is famous for its gem industry. It is also popular in the Sabaragamuwa Province for tea, rubber, fruits, rice, and spice plantations.
My tour started in the early morning. I left Rakwana for Suryakanda in the early morning of my journey. A tourist traveling from Rakwana to the Morning Side can see many attractions that are not found anywhere else on the island. On the way from Rakwana to Suriyakanda, you can see ten elbow bends as same as the 18 elbow bends encountered on the way to Mahiyanganaya.
The estate is located in the Morning Site on the Rakwana – Deniyaya road, a short distance from Suriyakanda Bazaar. It is about 7 km from the junction that turns into the Bulutota junction towards the Morning Side.
During this fascinating trek along the gorge, the slopes and forests are also frequently encountered. The road is covered with heavy fog. Today, both tea and cardamom are found in abundance on this estate.
This access road, which runs through the vegetation through a steep precipice from the town of Suriyakanda, features elements that frighten strangers who enter the estate through this road. Dark, cloudy, and rainy weather and thick fog increase the alertness of people entering the area. Situated in a tropical rainforest, the Morning Site features vegetation and cold water streams.
Arriving at dawn, I entered the previously booked Morning Site bungalow. There I got my breakfast from there. That day I spent my leisure time relaxing in the bungalow and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve
After breakfast the next day, I went out to explore the Sinharaja forest via Deniyaya. Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve is a tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka that is also a biodiversity hotspot. It is internationally significant, having been designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. This forest is located in Sri Lanka’s Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provinces and covers 34.22 square miles. Many endemic animals and plants can be found in Sri Lanka.
The Sinharaja rain forest is home to butterflies, fish, monkeys, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including the three most prevalent deer species, the Sambur, Monk, and Burana. Leopards are uncommon, but the road, prints, and other evidence frequently show their presence.
As we proceeded past the beautiful streams, trees, and vines, we were able to see some of the animal species mentioned above.
After the Sinharaja tour, I came back to Bangalow and had a delicious meal and it was raining loca then. Went for a restful night’s sleep with the rain.
Then I woke up the next morning and after breakfast, I went to see the next beautiful place in Deniyaya. That’s what Fatna is. The place was created by a stream of water flowing along a rocky plateau. The specialty of this place is that it slides on the rocky plateau along the waterway and is very popular among local and foreign tourists. The road to this place is also very scenic.
After spending some time enjoying the beautiful environment that day, I finished my tour of the beautiful Suryakanda area the next day and left for my next stop, the Udawalawe area. Along the way, I came across another beautiful place called Maduwanwela Walawuwa.
Maduwanwela Walawuwa is located in the Kolonna area in the Ratnapura District of the Sabaragamuwa Province on the Suryakanda Embilipitiya Road. This goes all the way back to the reign of King II Wimaladharmasooriya (1687-1707 AD). The Maduwanwela Maha Mohattala constructed it in the 1700s, and the Maduwanwela family maintained it until 1905.
This place had 121 rooms, 21 inner courtyards or central courtyards, and an area of 80,000 acres between 1877 and 1905, with 43 rooms surviving. On the ground, there is still a courthouse with seating for up to 100 persons, as well as furnishings and punishment apparatus. The Maduwanwela walawuwa was transferred to Sir Francis Molamure after the death of the last member of the Maduwanwela family, the Maduwanwela disawe. The Department of Archeology took over in 1974 and turned it into a museum.
Photography is not permitted at that location.
Camping and safari in Udawalawa national park
From there we resumed our journey to Udawalawe. After a journey of about two hours we reached the Udawalawe area. My next trip was to spend the night at Udawalawe National Park, which I had previously booked a bungalow. We left Udawalawe for the bungalow in a safari jeep around 1 pm. In the evening I was able to see the animals coming from the forest to drink water. Arrived at the pre-booked bungalow after a three-hour trek through the jungle. The name of that bungalow is Thimbiriyamankada Bungalow. There are also four other circuit bungalows in the jungle, all owned by the government.
The experience gained from the bungalow is indescribable. That experience is worth a look. In the evening I watched from the top floor of the bungalow through a telescope how the surrounding elephants and deer came to drink the water.
Then we had dinner and were enjoying the quiet surroundings and the cool breeze. Suddenly we heard the sound of an elephant. we were frightened. We saw 3 elephants here outside of the bungalow. but they can’t come inside because the bungalow is surrounded by electric fences all around. It was an unforgettable experience as we all watched their behavior without making a sound. They wandered around until about 11 pm. After they left, we went to bed to sleep.
We woke up around 4.00 am the next morning got ready and went to see the animals in a safari jeep. Animals come to the lakes to drink water, get food and stay in the sun of the jungle in the morning. We went to different places and observed them. The experience of being able to see so many species of animals, including elephants, deer, crocodiles, different species of monkeys, and different species of birds, is indescribable.
About a five-hour journey then we came back to the bungalow. we also had breakfast during the jungle tour. After arriving at the bungalow taking a shower and having lunch we left to go out from the jungle.
I can not tell you in one article about all the places I visit in Sabaragamuwa; I will provide you with another article in a few days about other places I have visited.