When deciding to visit Sri Lanka with a keeness to explore new and interesting locations, an ideal area would be Wellawaya, a central town located 208 km away from Colombo and 30 km from Ella. Situated in the foothills of the Poonagal mountain range, the land around Wellawaya is rich with flora and fertile land that produces an abundant crop and natural wonders, a rich history with its landscape dotted by religious and cultural landmarks.
To help and guide you in this exploration project is Kaduruketha, one of the newest hotels of Jetwing Hotels, a family owned hospitality business organization which had been in the field for the past 43 years. Through a range of excursions that stretch from hikes to historical sites, Jetwing Kaduruketha experience shows guests that Wellawaya itself is a place with remarkable character as well as a wonderful opportunity to gain a different experience during your stay.
The Assistant Manager Hasantha Lokugamage is an expert on the wonderful things Wellawaya has to offer. An avid trekker and environmentalist, his wealth of knowledge can craft an itinerary that is suited to any type of traveller. He highly recommends his personal favourite – a hike to the upper part of Diyaluma Falls. Nestled in the tea estates of Koslanda, the second tallest waterfall in the country is a captivating experience that is relatively unknown amongst travellers.
The trek begins through a mountain forest, rising and falling till the sound of rushing water signals the destination. A blue pool, its waters freezing cold, are ideal for a swim and an ideal location for the overnight camp that Jetwing can arrange for adventurers. A careful walk close to the edge of the ridge takes one to where the water drops from the height to create the actual fall, a treacherous yet thrilling phenomenon to witness.
A few minutes away from the hotel, is the hidden Elle Wala waterfall, a popular spot for locals in the region to swim and relax. There is a small hike to the waterfall itself but any fatigue is immediately washed away at the sight of the cascade crashing into a vibrant blue pool, surrounded by the mountain on three sides.
For those more awed by historical landmarks and sites, the region of Wellawaya bordering Buttala is home to architectural and cultural gems from lesser-known periods of Sri Lankan history. The ancient Buddhist temple of Buduruwagala is fine example of artistic and engineering technology as far back as the 10th century, the stonework a testament to the craftsmen who worked on the temple.
Yudaganava, one of the largest temples in Sri Lanka and the site of a famous 2nd century battle can be seen on a drive along the Wellawaya – Buttala road. The largest free-standing Buddha statue in the country is located in the Maligawila sacred grounds. These are but a few of the historic locations that can be admired around Wellawaya.
In addition to the excursions in the area, Wellawaya is centrally placed to allow guests to revel in a host of Sri Lanka’s finest experiences – the nature trails that begin in the town of Ella, the Uda Walawe elephant transit home and the national parks further south. Day trips to these locations can be arranged by the ever-accommodating staff who are committed to ensuring that your stay with Jetwing is one that is luxurious, adventurous and unforgettable.
For the past 43 years Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment.