March 2018


Along the Way to Passara
March 2018




Witness tea estates as you explore the area

The Uva hills are mesmerizing with beautiful views and cooling climes. A drive along the Ella-Passara road, will be an off-the-beaten-track experience on your visit to this vibrant island.


Words: Udeshi Amarasinghe
Photography: Menaka Aravinda and Geeth Viduranga


The lush green mountains spread across sprinkled with an occasional building or two. The blue sky with beautiful white clouds, at times heavy with rain created the perfect setting. While Sri Lanka is tropical country, known for its hot weather driving through these high altitude terrain gives you a different perspective of a softer and cooler climate.


Passing small towns and verdant tea plantations, this area is ideal for walks and treks. In Namunukula, visit Bambaragala Pathana, a peaceful and beautiful location with a sharp drop at the edge.The road takes you farther in and while you can go by vehicle the last stretch has to be done by foot.


The entire area is quiet and only our footsteps could be heard, the path wound through a perfect grove of trees, we had reached Bambaragala Pathana and at the edge just beyond the flat rocks was the breathtaking views displaying the mesmerizing beauty of Uva. We sat for a while and absorbed the scenery in front of us. Through the trees we explored farther and was greeted by nature's splendour all around.

The road takes you farther in and while you can go by vehicle the last stretch has to be done by foot.


Back on the road we experienced the simplistic lifestyle away from the city. Tea pickers were deftly working their way through the fields. The waters of the Puhulwatte Passara reservoir glistened in the sun. We realised that we were almost on the verge of Passara.


Amused to see four goats relaxing atop a rock, we came across fresh corn being boiled in a nearby make-shift shop. Corn corbs were spread out on the ground enticing those passing its ways. Reaching Passara, the town itself is a hive of activity and at first glance it is a sudden vision of a township having journeyed through quiet and tranquil countryside.

Passara is a short distance away from Ella, Badulla and Monaragala. One can easily enjoy a day exploring this area, which showcases the beauty of Uva.


We took another turn and headed towards Badulla and came across a quaint Kovil dedicated to God Ganesh. Devotees were clearing the premises before the evening pooja. A spiritual haven, a place of worship for those living near and far.


As we turned a bend, we came across a unique site, two waterfalls gushing and falling at the same location creating a pool at its base. Sitting at the small shop near the waterfalls, with hot cups of sweet tea we started to feel the chill of dusk. We reflected on our interesting tour to Passara, agreeing that it was indeed an experience away from the more known about places in the country. Take a drive along the Uva hills and enjoy a holiday with a difference.

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    The beautiful and lush hills of Uva

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    Reaching Namunukula

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    At Bambaragala Pathana, the views are beautiful

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    The tree grove at Bambaragala Pathana

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    Puhulwatte Passara reservoir

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    A cosy site - four goats relaxing in the evening

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    The striking Hindu Kovil on the Passara-Badulla road

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    A makeshift shop along the way

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    Two waterfalls meet at single point to create a pool at the base

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