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. It also provides electricity and irrigation water for farmers.
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 ToursJetwin Mountain Bike rides available via Ragala, Watumulla, Nildandahinna, Minipe to Mahiyangana.