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Friday, March 22, 2013
Over the weekend, a few of us managed to reach the top of the famous Bible Rock of Sri Lanka. Locally called Bathalegala (Bathalagala), is visible when driving along the common Kandy - Colombo road, Kadugannawa pass.
Click here for a picture of the view when traveling on Kandy Colombo Road !
The location is off Mawanalla, a city around 70 km away from Colombo.
The drive to the base of the rock is quite peaceful and serene. You pass the beautiful country side full of paddy field and natural scenery. (Please do click on images for a larger view)
The prominent landmark is visible from most areas along the road leading to it's base.
Though the immediate access is via a paved road, the trail becomes tougher as you begin the climb.
Following pic is not when we climbed half way through.
The further you climb, the more difficult it becomes for a normal person. However, most areas do have stares made off rock.
and some areas, no stares.
Still more to go.... But, the view is gorgeous.
Climb - tougher !
Almost there !
North end from Top of the rock - the rock in front apparently is slipping away from the main rock !
Living on the edge !
Gorgeous views !
An idiot has made his mark !!
View of a temple from Way up above !
The entrance to the temple at the top of the rock !
Asu Pini Alla - a waterfall visible from the top of the rock - Apparently, the track to this waterfall is also quite a joy for hikers.
The top of the rock is not quite as flat as it is seen from a distance.
Glad that the forests are still preserved to a great extent in this area.
The one and only shop for quite a distance during the climb
Have a few more pics which I will post over time. Overall, it is a joyful hike filled with gorgeous scenery and wildlife (confined to birds, numerous varieties of butterflies and smaller - none harmful creatures.
One needs to take a lot of water - 1 liter per head is not enough as we found out. I recommend a minimum 2 ltrs.
Please do not liter the area if you ever visit - it is very clean as of now and I sincerely hope it would remain so for our future generations.
The climb took us around 3 hours, mainly due to us not being the fittest of people and many stops for a few photo shoots. But, the 2.5 km hike is covered in 1 1/2 hours by pros and 30 mins by villagers :( !
Monday, March 18, 2013
One off rare sight where I was lucky to be playing around with my Camera. A trainee Pilot was circling around in his light weight air craft when a Rainbow Suddenly appeared. Only issue was a distance between me and the Air Craft, (and of course the fact I am still learning the settings) however, The Rainbow did not seem to be too far away !
Monday, March 11, 2013
Not the best of shots as I am still getting used to adjusting the camera to get the best out of it. Hence, the white balance, ISO etc.. is a bit off - but, what is important is the zoom, Macro effects and the clarity of focus that you get off the camera. Fully recommended.
More Macro stuff
Panoramic view - click on image for the larger version / view - pretty awesome coverage - covers almost 180 degrees and super easy to focus and manage the shot.