Keepers of the forest…

When the streams and wells started to go dry as a result of the extensive quarrying and deforestation, the villagers of Olaboduwa North formed a society known as “Mihithala Mithuro” (Earth Friends) on their own initiative to protect the forest resource on which they were so dependent …

Location: Gonapola
Distance from Colombo city: 32 km

Walking distance    8 km
Group size    4 to 8
Pick up point    Boardwalk restaurant car park, Waters Edge, Kotte – 07:00
Drop off point    Boardwalk restaurant car park, Waters Edge, Kotte – 16:30
Level    Easy
Inclusions    Trek guide/transport to Gonapola and back/lunch/water
Exclusions    Breakfast/transport to the pick-up point

Highlights

Kodigahakanda (Flag-Tree Hill – 115m MSL): Granite-based hillock with it’s 45ha secondary scrub jungle considered as one of the most biodiverse concentrations in the Kalutara district: 133 species of flora, 18 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians, 16 species of fish, 45 species of butterflies, 72 species of birds and 17 species of mammals.

Olaboduwa: The home of Raigam family of the low country folk dance tradition. Here you will get a chance to meet Guru (Master) Karunadasa Olaboduwa who is the leading figure of this hereditary family.

What to wear

Walking shoes with a good grip and ankle support
Long pants/bermuda shors
T-shirt/casual shirt/tops 

What to put in your backpack

Cap/hat
Sunglasses & sun protection cream
Hand towel
Small trash bag
Light waterproof jacket (k-way) – depending on weather
Plastic bags – to keep your phone/camera dry
Emergency phone numbers
Copy of your ID or passport
Basic first aid kit


N° of persons 4-6 7-8
USD per person $65 $55

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