Geologically Highest elevated village in Sabaragamuwa
Sabaragamuwa is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka with a vast variety of landscapes and rich bio-diversity. But due to the remoteness from Colombo, the region is considerably behind the other provinces with regards to the development. Still, most cities in Sabaragamuwa are yet to go long way before reaching a considerable development. Therefore this rural province can be described as underdeveloped even though it is very rich of fauna and flora.
A large tract of lands in the province is covered with evergreen tree canopies and it consists of main patches of rainforests and plantations. Due to the high rainfall, high elevation and low-temperature Sabaragamuwa is one of the best places for Tea cultivation in Sri Lanka. Everywhere you look it is lush green vegetation and giving you awe-inspiring scenery.
Balangoda is a leading city in Sabaragamuwa with a sizable number of tea and rubber plantations. Therefore, the plantation history of Sabaragamuwa is dating back to many hundred years. Kanperial is a tea plantation initiated in the early days of tea industry of Sri Lanka. The well-known tea planter Samuel baker is given the full credit for the beginning of the tea estate.
Narak village in the Kanperial tea plantation is another rural village and it is the highlight of this article. This village is not a popular attraction among the people who travel in Sri Lanka and it is rarely visited by foreigners.
This remote village is located well over most villages and cities in Balangoda. It is situated 7200 feet above the sea level. This village is not only the highest elevated village in Sabaragamuwa but also one of the highest elevated villages in the whole country. The village is about 50 kilometres from the nearest city (Balangoda) and the road that leads to the village is very narrow and should be used very cautiously. The narrow road is flanked by the mountain from one side and the other side is the slanting face of the mountain. The rapid slope is more than a thousand feet deep. The road is very narrow and it can accommodate only the small vehicles and several dozens of sharp bends make it more difficult and dangerous to traverse.
What is most fascinating about this charming village is the richness of natural scenery. The surrounding low-level area looks like a green blanket which spreads thousands of kilometres in all directions. The mountains with the green cap are always in touch with the clouds and thick fog. The temperature in the village is very low in most of the time, especially after the sunset. From the access road to vegetation, climate, geographical location and everything that related to this beautiful village are unique.
Visitors can enjoy the awe-inspiring beautiful scenery of the surrounding valleys and mountains and the visitors are rewarded with refreshing, fresh air for breathing. But, on the other side, the villagers are very poor and live under very poor fasciitis.
Today about 30 families are living in the village and number of person is nearly 200. Most of the people are of the village are working in the nearby tea estate. Due to the high altitude, the village is under the influence of strong wind and cool climate. Three months from June blows the most forceful wind and it lifts the roves of the houses in some instances. Therefore the people have put extra weight on their roves in order to protect their shelter. In the windy days, it can be dangerous to travel on this road and one can even be drifted away leaving no chance of escaping.
At the end of the road to the Narak village, starts the narrow path, which leads to the worlds ends (Horton Plains) and the path is only two kilometres long. Even though it is not being used for trekking, this path can be a handy trek for adventure holiday lovers in Sri Lanka. This beautiful village and its beautiful environment are largely unknown to the most people on the island. Difficulty to travel and remoteness are the other major reasons that keep people away from the village. Perhaps in the future, when the infrastructure is developed this beautiful village will come into fore as a holiday destination and attracts some adventure as well as nature lovers.