Visiting The Amazing Natural Beauty of Golumale Sri Lanka
Bermuda is a country that does not charge any tax from its citizens. That country is completely run by the tourism industry. Being an island nation, it is surrounded by the sea. In our country, there are mountains, waterfalls, forests and archeological places all around the sea. But when we ask about the taxes collected from the people of our country, we really feel that the rulers of our country do not know how to take advantage of these resources in the country or that they do not care. I thought that if a country like Bermuda can do that, how can our country not do it? The other day, when I went to the village called Golumale, which is still full of natural beauty.
Chaminda and Rohana from Lakshapana called me one day and said, brother, we went to Golumale. Golumale is the most beautiful place. From the time he said that until he got leave to go to the village called Golumale. Anyway, we were able to fulfill our dream the other day. Along with making our trip easier, brother Chaminda contacted Upali, who works near Madulla, so our trip became easier.
We left early in the morning and when we arrived in Kandy, it was almost five in the morning. We came to Walapane from Kandy along Raja Mawatha via Adhikarigama and from there we reached Neeldandahin, it was close to half past eight in the morning. On the way to Neeldandahin to eat the bread bought from Valapana, he stopped at the village because of a beautiful sight he saw around. We stopped unknowingly because of the breathtaking view of the Helmalu paddy field seen from below. We stopped unknowingly because of the beautiful view of the Helmalu rice paddies in the far distance. After enjoying the beauty of the environment, we had our breakfast and started our journey again because we had to go from Kali to Golumale in the afternoon. Passing Neeldandahinna town and another km on Rupa road. After about 2 minutes, we found the Dambagolla junction.
From there, another km on the Dambagolla Madulla road to the left. We had to travel down about 5 miles, there is no shortage of round bends. Even though it showed a dry mountain forest condition, it was all destroyed because of the rice paddies that covered the entire area below the road. Some paddy fields are planted and some paddy fields are ready for planting. I was so upset that I thought that the amazing patterns that actually grow are in Sri Lanka. Nildandahinna Madulla is an event where local and foreign tourists travel the least, but there is no loss in terms of environmental beauty. After a journey of about 5 to 6 km from Dambagolla junction, we reached Madulla by that time it was past 10 am. It took us a long time to come from Dambagole to Madulla because we had to bring the breathtaking views with our camera lenses.
That means one corner of Nuwara Eliya district and one border of Badulla district. In any case, the villages located near two ends of the district are less developed. However, if the roads leading to this site have not been carpeted by the previous government, these villages are still isolated today. We gradually reached Golumale along the road parallel to the small Mbaya valley.
After travelling through the great forest, we again met in the middle of a rice paddy field. At a glance, it was seen that this Helmalu rice paddy, which is cultivated by taking water from the small river, is spread over a large area. We saw the beautiful views of the paddy field and stopped at a small shop that we found while walking down the road. Brother, climb down from here and go to Golumale. That is Upali Malli’s voice. We stopped our vehicle at the edge of the road and took out the belongings because we wanted to take them down.
I can see the view of Kuda Oya below the Helmalu paddy field parallel to it. There is a row of big Kumbuk trees between the small trees and the Helmalu fields. According to the view, I can see here is a beautiful paradise. In any case, we have to travel down about 400 meters from the road. On the other side of Lunuweligala is a small mountain called Lunuweligala mountain which is completely covered with forest. That is the Victoria Randenigala reserve forest that we know. So what event are we in now? Let me say this, if you look at the Randenigala mountain on the south side parallel to the dam from Randenigala Reservoir, we are about 15 km to the south from there.
A person traveling on the Randenigala road never misses such beautiful villages. We started going down. Yassa’s camera has nothing to do with it, it’s so busy. You have to go down near a small house made of clay. There was a middle-aged villager in the yard, he welcomed us with a big smile. According to his story, there is no trouble in the village from those who come.
When we arrived at the small village of Golumale, several other small groups had also arrived. At the end of the Helmalu paddy field, an elephant fence was built along the banks of the river, so we had to sneak under the elephant fence. If an elephant fence has been built to protect the fields from the elephants roaming around in the Randenigala Reserve on the other side of the river, it is a matter of great joy. We first moved to the other side with the intention of witnessing the special event in Golumale. The journey was not that difficult as the water in the river was a little low.
When I saw the pink rock and the holes created in the rock, I was reminded of the Manik Gage rock in Paraiyan Falls. Big craters were also created from that rock. Kuda Oya, which starts from the side of Udapussellawa, flows down and flows into a large crater at this place and hides. Then, a little further back, Kuda Oya emerges on the surface of the ground. This is another wonderful creation created by nature. There are two other big craters at that place. The river is moved underground and that water emerges again in another large crater. How could this actually happen is a question I asked myself.
The rock located in Golumale is sandstone, that’s why such big caves have been made. This is further confirmed by the fact that the mountain range on the side of Mbaya is named as Lunuveligala on the map of the trench, so the story that this is a sandstone is further confirmed. During the rainy season, large streams of water that flow down will enter a large crater in Golumele, swirl around the crater and spill out through a small hole under the crater.
Another reason for the formation of these holes is the rotation of the entrance to these stone holes during the rainy season. Brother, there is a place called treasure door down here. One of the villagers showed me. I went there. Yasas came and said that. This is the way of the key to the treasure door. The treasure door is at the end of the path where the key was taken. We went down the road of the key, where it ends, there is a hollow circle marked on the stone wall inside a crater. Somehow, some people had drilled a hole to open the door, but only a small stone had escaped from the stone. We don’t know if there is actually a treasure there, but we can see the signs of a door. In any case, it has come to know that King Walagamba was also hiding in this area in the past time.
And it came to know that the Theraputtabhaya Arahant also worked in this location. After telling a treasure story, when I looked around a little, I saw that there is a stone wall along the bank on the side of the forest. There was a person in the village so I asked him what this embankment was. A dam was built by the person to collect water. A person in the village did not have a paddy field, so he planted paddy in the lower forest and built the Mbaya dam to carry water together. It has been more than twenty years since that man died, and now no one cultivates that field.
We came back up the mountain with the intention of finding the best place to swim. It’s hard to find a good place for us even if it’s too crowded, isn’t it? Anyway, it was a little difficult to get our team who had been bathing in the water for hours in the shade of Kumbuk trees. T vision of going to Golumale has captured our hearts so much that one does not think to say goodbye to Golumale and come back. Anyway, even though it was difficult, we said goodbye to Golumale with the intention of coming back to Golumale one day.