The 3rd surprize event organized by Mora Hiking Club during its formation was Exploring Alagalla. It was new experience for our gang, and that was not an easy task. we start our journey early morning around 4.00am at university premises. we travelled Piliyandala Navinna, Kalaniya via Ambepussa. we got our breakfast at Ambepussa. After getting the breakfast we started our journy to Poththapitiya with fresh mind. We should turn left to poththapitiya Kadugannawa road at Kadugannawa. We came to Poththapitiya town around 9.00 am. There we had a little discussion with our crew, then we started our hike in-front of the tea factory at Poththapitiya.
This hike is not easy because there are many chances to get slipped. There are also plenty of leeches. We felt lot of attacks by those leeches. After passing this leeches area we enter the open area. There is 5,6 feet height mana growing in this area. There were two paths to this hike. One was relatively easy as it was about 50ft climb along a rocky slope which is not so difficult. after a 30min of toil we reached the top of Alagalla mountain. in this peak we could see the railway line below and Ihala Kotte station.
The length of the potato rock is about 75-100m and there is plenty of Mana growing in the middle. We could view many areas from the top such as, Ihala Kotte, Hatharaliyadda, Gangoda and many others. Ura Kanda, Bathalegala and Saradiyel Gala could be seen despite the haze. Walking across to the other side we could see the rest of the Alagalla Range all the way towards Poojagala.
Poojagala direction had a mini forest all the way and we decided to explore it after getting down. There is an iron rod embedded to the rock with a rope which had been used to slide down to the other side. but we didn’t use that rope. Instead, we used our rope and got down to the base of the potato rock. now we had to pass mini forest area. We felt many leech attacks in this area. After 30 min of fight we reached the Pujagala. There is a newly erected Pagoda in this point.
Time was running fast. We had to have to got down to Gangoda. after two hour walk we come to the Gangoda village.
That's the story of our 3rd event during our initial activities - 'Exploring Alagalla'.
By Hasitha Sandaruwan Ekanayake