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Cliff hanger agro – adventures at Jetwing Kaduruketha

Cliff hanger agro – adventures at Jetwing Kaduruketha

By Juliet Coombe

A year on from opening and Jetwing Kaduruketha is already considered one of the most action packed epi-centres for adventure travellers, waterfall lovers, foodies and agro enthusiasts. I join one of the many exciting trekking experiences to see the legendary Buttala Rahathangala mountain and monastery complex.

One third of the way up the mountain, the climb turns into sheer cliff faces and small stone hand and footholds appear occasionally but are only suitable for people with the tiniest of feet and probably built that way to force one to show proper respect. Don’t look back or you might frighten yourself half to death with the heady heights of this magnificent half-day climb. If you are fit, it takes about an hour and a half to get to the top, but is worth it for the cliff-hanger views of the surrounding area. If you take into account a bit of exploring and the overgrown pathway down, it will take approximately another two hours to return to the temple car park. But as they say, an inconvenience is an adventure misappreciated.


In what could only be described as a Tarzan and Jane moment I took one vine after another and swung my way to where the pathway finally became less overgrown. How I wished I had brought a Swiss army knife, my GPS phone and a
hat as the hot tropical midday sun had now penetrated the breaks in the forest. It was very hot, I was covered in hungry ants, caked in mud, with a ripped off toe nail from a slippery fall earlier that nearly had all my cloths off on a extremely prickly bush, but was kept going by the distant sound of the temple dog and the logic that if we kept going downwards we would return to civilisation eventually.  The relief as we hit level ground was palpable and we decided that we must make an offering of thanks at Bubugalena reclining Buddha hermitage before setting off on yet another of the resident naturalists nature adventures.