Sembuwaththe Lake


Another view

Crew : 4

Transportation : Bus (about 5km Walk from Elkaduwa to Sembuwatte)

Duration : One day

Sembuwatte Lake is in the border of the Campbell’s lane forest reserve. The road to the lake lies through the tea estate which is belong to the Elkaduwa plantations.

There is a 15kms ride from Kandy to Wattegama. The road towards Elkaduwa starts almost in the Wattegama town and there is about 12.5kms to Elkaduwa from Wattegama. There is a good bus service from Kandy to Wattegama as well as from Wattegama to Elkaduwa. Also trains are available from Kandy to Wattegama. We left Kandy around 8am and fortunate to be at time for the 9.15 bus to Elkaduwa from Wattegama.

The walk starts from the final bus stop of the route, there is a concrete and gravel road towards the Elkaduwa tea factory which is somewhat good condition. If you are traveling by a private vehicle it is possible to go near to the Sembuwatte lake. We started the 5km walk around 10.30am and the  scenic view of the knuckles mountain range made us to slow down for taking snaps all around. After few kilometers walk we reached to the tea factory which belongs to the Elkaduwa plantations. The visitors should take a ticket to travel further, ticket was about 100 rupees (Can’t remember the exact amount 😛 )
We was able to reach Sembuwatte lake around 11.45am. The lake is surrounded by the tea plantation and some turpentine trees. The Management has taken an appreciable effort to make the lake clean and eye catching. The swimming pool which continuously overflowed by the ice cool water springs draws more attention of the visitors. Well maintained huts and cooking facilities are also provided. (But we survived eating biscuits and short eats all day long 😀 ). A drizzle covered with a thick mist couldn’t stop us from walking around the lake.

Golden trees....

On the way

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A dragonflyOn the way

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On the way

Artistic!

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The pool

Mirror lake

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GiantsWell maitained

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Water rushing downHindu Kovil

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Turpentine growth

Tea estate

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Submerged

First view

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Cute little puppy

Narrow path

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Road we passed

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On the way

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Tea factory

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Wayfarer's collegues

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