That was Gune, my batch mate at the English Teachers’ College, Peradeniya. Hetti (Jayathilaka Hettiarachchi) and I were at Gune’s sister’s home at Welimada, sleeping, when Gune shouted to wake us up at 6.00 am on 26th January 1998. That day our plan was to visit Bomburu Ella, a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall hidden in the jungles of Uva-Paranagama electorate.
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|The charming Bomburu Ella village.|
Reaching Bomburu Ella Falls
|On the way to Bomburu Ella Falls.|
From Weimada we could secure seats of a 332-Bomburuella (via Uduhawara) bus, which took us to Bomburu Ella village. That was a journey of about 15 kilometers, along a wavy road. The bus passed Himbiliyagaha Maditta, reached Walahamulla Juction and turned right towards Uduhawara. From Uduhawara, the bus turned towards Bomburu Ella village. At Bomburu Ella bus-stop we got down and started the hike through a charming village.
|Trekking along the canal towards Bomburu Ella.|
|Bomburu Ella Falls.|
If you visit Bomburu Ella, plan first. Take only the essential things with you, like food and water. Use eco-friendly material to wrap your food, and once you are at Bomburu Ella, remember that it is not a place to dump garbage. Bring back everything you take there; even the eco-friendly wrappers, because it is a thing of beauty which you must preserve for generations to come.