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|Year and Month||2016 November 13th|
|Number of Days||One|
|Crew||05-Prabath, Kaweesha, Nirosh, Chamara and Myself|
|Accommodation||Previous day night at Kalpitiya beach
Second day night at a rented home near Thalawila church
|Transport||By walking and three wheeler|
|Activities||Beach walking, Sightseeing and Photography|
|Route||Kalpitiya (කල්පිටිය)->Kudawa (කුඩව)->Kandakuliya (කන්දකුලිය)->Mudalaipalai (මුදලිපාලි)->Thalawila (තලවිල)|
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Beach walk/Beach hike is something new for my travel vocabulary but waited to do. We have included it as a part of our three days trip at Kalpitiya. It was a Chamara’s idea. Our plan was to do the stretch of beach from Kalpitiya to sacred St. Anne’s church Thalawila.
Following our one day visit to Baththalangunduwa (බත්තලoගුන්ඩුව) we reached Kalpitiya town in the evening. Then we collected things for camping and reached Kudawa beach. It was around 7pm when we reached beach and lost the hope of seeing sun rise from west cost. We had a small doubt regarding beach camping at Kudawa. Though we carried the tent it was not useful and spent the night at fishermen hut situated at Kudawa beach.
We woke up next day early morning and started the walk along the beach.
These were highlights of the beach walk and enjoy my photographs.
1. We started the walk from Kudawa at 6.30am and ended up at Thalawila at 3.30pm. Total distance was 23.6km. We used the three wheeler for about 7km.
2. There is a high security zone belongs to Sri Lanka air force from Kandakuliya to Mudalaipalai. People are not allowed to walk along the beach through this section. We didn’t know it till we reached the border. (Actually we were told by some villagers but we thought it can be negotiating by talking). Then we bypassed our journey to land side and found the shortest way to get back to beach avoiding high security zone.
What we were told this area is used by Sri Lankan air force to blast bombs and artily. Remained bomb particles can harm people.
3. We came across two difficult sections where we had to go through lagoon water to join with other side. One is near the fishermen village just before Kandakuliya which is situated closer to a lagoon. We had to cross the lagoon where we had water till my chest. Luckily a villager has shown the direction to cross the lagoon.
Second place was just before Thalawila beach. But it was a narrow section which can be crossed easily.
5. Walking in the landside bit troublesome. We had to repeat our answers to same questions in many times. Main problem was all the village dogs barked at our dog and it drew attention of villagers towards us. Though we tried to chase our dog back, it was not successful.
6. People at land side of Kalpitiya area were so helpful and they gave directions to reach the beach back. But we gradually understood it is not worth to walk through villages without any places to be visited. Then we decided to get a service of a three wheel. We could successfully pack all five into one three wheel.
Few words about Puffer Fish
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