Are you in to Wildlife & Sightseeing, well this is the unique and endearing place full of flowers, butterflies, monkeys, chimpancies, wild elephants, vegetation, waterfalls and many more.
Randenigala and Rantembe Reservoir and Wildlife Sanctuary
Randenigala set in a beautiful natural environment spread across 42,088.8 land Area in Hectares, the Sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature. Randenigala is multi purpose project established in 30 January 1987 in order to provide electricity, irrigation, infrastructure development and wildlife sactuary. Since the project started a number of families were evacuated and settled elsewhere. Randenigala Reservoir and Sanctuary in the foothills of the Knuckles Range is the country’s largest national reserve, feeding three reservoirs. The Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance does not envisage development activities in the private lands. Also, there are settlements created by the Mahaweli inside the sanctuary. Further, these lands were used for shifting cultivation before the sanctuary was declared. Randenigala and Rantambe Reserviors built under Mahaweli Development Project has created a favorable environment for wild life and Nature around it. Randenigala is a good camping location well liked by travelers. Monkeys and birds are the popular wildlife in Randenigala Sanctuary. Enjoy the birds watching if you lucky enough there are few wild elephants in the jungle. It was recorded about 40 elephants in the jungle, 137 deferent birds species, 71 butterflies, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Large grey Langer monkey, Torque monkey, Porcupine, mongoose and Otters recorded.There are also various wild flowers. Avoid feeding monkeys it may be dangerous.
Experience the engineering master piece Randenigala dam. You can also visit the Bambiya Peak Hiking located in Badulla district not far away from the Walapane divisional secretariate, Bio-diversity, Ecology, Study of Mahaveli projects.
Experience the fascinating scenery is pleasing to the eye and soothing to the heart, listen to birds songs charm your day.
There is a dry and windy season during the months of May to July. Rainy season is September up to February.
Things to See at Randenigala
Some of the birds species includes Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Black-headed Cuckoo Shrike, Large Cuckoo Shrike, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Orange Minivet, Indian Pitta, Ceylon Swallow, House Swift, Forest Eagle Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle
Crested Serpent & Crested Hawk Eagles, Black-winged Kite, Crested Honey Buzzard, Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Rufus Woodpecker, Common Iora, Green Leaf & Large-billed Leaf Warblers and many more.
Birds Watching at Watarakgoda Pussadeva Temple
If you are keen in birds watching Watarakgoda Pussadewa Temple is also a nice place to discover. Set amidst the hills of Walapane, the Watarakgoda Temple goes back a long way. Also known as Pussadeva Rajamaha Viharaya, it is believed that Pussadeva, one of King Dutugemunu’s warriors attained enlightenment at this temple.
Bird watching at the Watarakgoda templeAccording to the chief incumbent of the temple, Rev. Dodamkumbura Dheerananda Thero, a small chaitya, a Bo tree, some ancient stones and stone receptacles found in the upper part of the temple date back to that period. The temple is surrounded by ten acres of land, of which seven acres are forest. The forest, rich in bio-diversity, is inhabited by about five species of birds endemic to Sri Lanka and 30 other species. Because of this feature, the temple has been selected as a centre for a temple forest project.
“Garandugala” Blue Marble
“Garandugala” is named for a large serpentine located near Walapane area. It is belived the largest serpentine rock found in Sri Lanka. The Rock located suburb Rupaha. Garandugala consider as a very few remaining deposits of Blue Garuda Marble (‘Nil Garuda’) in Asia.
There is moderate track towards the site. When you reach a small stream, which is the Garuda Oya, walk parallel to the stream to reach the point where you will see the stream flowing over a huge rock surface. When you look at the rock very carefully, you will notice that it is not an ordinary stone, but a stone with a tinge of shiny blue. When you touch the surface, you will feel the difference between a normal rock – having a very rough surface – to the Blue Garuda stone – having a smooth and shiny green surface. There is a belief among the locals that the Blue Garuda stone grows and mends itself, which is evident by the many damage done to the rock in the past and the apparent mending of the ridges . The Blue Garuda stone has a property where when water is poured on to it and rubbed for a little while, a foamy substance emanates from it, which is believed to be very good for skin ailments. The Blue Garuda rock deposit is visible only where the stream flows. The rest of the deposit is below the surface of the earth and it is estimated to cover an area of 16 km2, making it one of the largest blue grauda deposits in Asia.
There is a folklore regarding the origination of the Blue Garuda stone stretching back to the era of Rama – Seetha. It is believed that King Ravana abducted Queen Seetha from India and hid her in a cave in Walapane. In protest, Seetha had gone on a hunger strike resulting in a stomach ailment. The folklore goes on to say that King Hanuma had brought a blue rock (blue garuda) having medicinal properties, which had been rubbed with water and given to Seetha to cure her ailment. The remaining piece of this special stone had been thrown away by Hanuma, which had grown in to the Blue Garuda deposit that we see today. Locating and travelling to this place may be some what difficult.
As many local and foreign visitors are in the habit of removing pieces of this valuable stone from the garuda deposit, the local villagers’ have formed a voluntary organization to protect the Blue Garuda Marble (Blue Quartz) Rock.
Little World’s End
Little World’s End near Harasbedda village in Walapane. Local tourist attracted to visit the place.
Ragala Rock is a 5,941 ft / 1,811 m mountain peak near Nuwara Eliya, Central, Sri Lanka. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 10th highest mountain in Central and the 14th highest mountain in Sri Lanka. The nearest peaks are Mahakudagala, Holiakotuwepatana, Morahela, Ambaliyadde, Kimbulagala, and Nayameruhinna.
During the month of November Tamil Sahithya Festival, an annual event will be held in Ragala, on November 3.
The Tamil Cultural Festival was introduced in the 1990s by the Ministry of Education – Tamil and Hindu Culture, with the intention of promoting the socio-culture of the Tamil people especially in the plantation sector.
Mathurata is a small town in Walapane area. It has splended tea plantations.
Mandaram Nuwara is a beautiful little village situated in the foot hills in Piduruthalagala Mountains in Walapane in Nuwara Eliya District. There are several beautiful waterfalls of Kabaragala Falls, Kolapothana Ella.
On the fringe of Uva and leading on to Nuwara Eliya is the Uda Pussellawa mountain range. It experiences the same North-East Monsoon as Uva. Two planting districts account for the tea produced. Unlike Uva, Uda Pussellawa enjoys two periods of superior quality. The traditional eastern quality season from July to September, will be its peak period. But the conditions will brighten up during the western quality season in the first quarter of the year. Plantations in upper Uda Pussellawa closer to Nuwara Eliya gain the benefit of dry cold conditions that bring about a range of rosy teas.
Mountain Bike Tour are available with Eco Tours Jetwin Mountain Bike rides available via Ragala, Watumulla, Nildandahinna, Minipe to Mahiyangana.