Belihuolya is a very famous place among the tourists in the world from 18th century. " Is that true" do you think like that. I have a good example to prove this statement from Mr. Ernest Haeckel who came to Sri Lanka during the period of British ruled.
Mr. Ernest Haeckel who is a philosopher, a author, a doctor , a biologist, a environmentalist , a philosopher , a artist and a scientist came to Sri Lanka with Dr. Trimen as tourists in 1880 -81. He wrote a book including his travel note in our country in German in 1881. This book is translated as " A visit to Ceylon" in English by Clara Bell in 1883.
While travelling from Nuwaraeliya to Kalutara he came to Belihuloya. We can use the path which Mr.Haeckel used to travel today also. It is a good experience to visitors who like hiking. In the book he said Belihuloya is a scenic place to visit. Not only the beauty has he said that variety of vegetation in Belihuloya is very rich. Admiring of the beauty of Belihuloya he decided to stay in the village few days. He wrote this in his book,
"I went down from Nonpareil to Billahooloya, the first village in the valley. It is the highest station on the great high road which leads from Badoola and the south-eastern coffee district westwards to Ratnapoora. The road is always crowded with strings of bullock-carts, carrying the coffee bags to the town, or returning with necessaries for tho resident planters. The little village of Billahooloya, literally the Sacrificial Torch brook, derives its name from the mountain torrent which here falls in rushing cataracts through a fine gorge in the southern rampart of the plateau, and which is fed by a small rivulet which rises at the World's End, besides several tributary streams. The narrow channels of these tumbling brooks are shrouded in luxuriant verdure, and enclosed between steep rocky walls, all opening westwards, and these ravines give the scenery a very grand and imposing aspect. As we came down from Nonpareil, the beauty of the country charmed us so much that we decided on spending a few days at the village."
"While Dr. Trimen investigated the rich flora of the neighbourhood, and was rewarded by the discovery of some remarkable new species, I made some interesting excursions into the valleys, and added several sketches to my book. But, again, my only regret was that I had not weeks instead of days at my disposal. The tropical vegetation, to whose wonders I had now been accustomed for more than three months, seemed to have reached its richest development here, at the southern part of the central plateau. The intense heat of the tropical sun here exercises its utmost influence, while at the same time the amount of atmospheric precipitation against the mighty wall of rock is excessively great; and the combination of a very high temperature and great moisture results in a lavish growth of tropical plants, which is unsurpassed, perhaps, in any other spot on earth. As I wandered for miles up the streams, and scrambled through the steep rocky gullies. I came upon marvels of the Ceylon flora, which transcended everything I had previously seen." Ernest Haeckel (1880-1881)
If you are a nature lover, we invite you to come to Belihuloya. You can have much experience of hiking "Hagala" and "Pareiyangala", admire of scenic beauty of Belihuloya like Mr. Ernest Haeckel.