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|Year and Month||July, 2014|
|Number of Days||Two Day Trip|
|Crew||3 (Age 20)|
|Transport||Train, Bus, Three-wheeler|
|Route||Kapuwatta -> Palavi -> Kurichchanpitiya -> Kudawa and back|
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Exploring the wilds was always our thing, we had the wonderful experience of camping on a mountain, so now we thought of getting our feet wet; the beach. Our country is blessed with beautiful beaches, so after much thought we chose Kalpitiya, the beautiful peninsula in the Puttlam district as our destination. Based on our past experience we needed a contact person, that’s when we got the contact of Mr. Sugath Emmanuel (0778600539), a local boat owner from Kudawa in Kalpitiya. He said there are islands where one could camp but the boat charges were heavy, also there are good spots on the beach he said and could arrange a place for us.
Gearing up for another adventure, Minol Peiris, Suran Perera and Myself selected the 2nd week end of July and planned to take the Saturday morning train to Palavi and bus-it from there.
Following our dreams of camping in the wild, our story began; by 04.30am we geared up and started for the Kapuwatta station, at 04.50 the train arrived and we boarded on another adventure. The train ride was quite peaceful and after Negombo the scenery was just amazing so we sat on the foot board of the almost empty train and watched how the wet zone transformed to the dry zone. Another stunning site were the ghosts of the rail way; the rusting train carriages after Naththandiy
At 08.15am we arrived at Palavi, the gate way to the Peninsula. We inquired about the train times for tomorrow and were glad to find a train at 10.05am so we decided to catch this train but that meant that our stay at the beach will be shortened. After having breakfast in the town and gathering our supplies we took a bus to Kurichchanpitiya junction as instructed by Mr. Sugath. The bus was a bit crowed and took about one hour to get there. The road to Kudawa beach is from this junction and we took a three-wheeler to his place which was near the beach.
Mr.Sugath is highly influential in the area as he is the President of the local Boat Owners Association. Once at his home we kept our bags there and went with him to the beach to see the location; he showed a nice spot under some coconut trees to make camp, but it did not seem to be a quiet spot as there was a contraction site nearby for a massive wind mill. This was at the beginning of the Kalpitiya lagoon and from here starts the isthmus called the sand route connecting a larger part of the peninsula. He said to put a walk to the lagoon and come while he arranged lunch.
When walking towards the lagoon we were surprised to find a large number of foreigners “Kite-surfing”. That looked so fun to try but we were told that there are kite-surfing schools in the area and it takes couple of weeks of practice, and many foreigners stay for 2-3 months to learn! Continuing along the isthmus passing the “wardiya” with some small huts, there was a stretch that due to the strong winds for about a foot high the sand from the beach was being blasted like a little sand storm and it was like needles being thrown as our feet.
After this the sand route became a bit narrow and Mangroves started to appear on the banks of the lagoon. Here we soon came across a spot that bewildered all 3 of us; there hidden among the mangroves, the perfect camp site! But we had come too far all most 3km from the Kudawa beach, so in the hot blazing sun we walked back to the house. When inquired about that area from Mr. Sugath he said it was safe but it was too far to walk to and back again in the morning, but nothing was on our mind but that, so he said he can arrange a three-wheeler half way there to the wardiya. So after lunch we had a swim in the beach nearby and took the tuk tuk to the wardiya and from there hiked to the “most beautiful camp site in the world”.
The mangroves were arranged in a way that we had a separate place for the tent, kitchen, living area and a water front veranda on the lagoon and with the sea on the other side 5m away! It was paradise. We even had neighbours too; Hermit crabs. We set up the tent by 5 in the evening and then came our signature: we went to the beach and to the setting sun waved the Lion flag at the success of our adventure.
Then had a hard time getting the camp fire going due to the wind and at one point we almost ran out of fire wood. Finally to our relief we got the fire going and had a late evening Marmite drink. For dinner we had baked beans and fried chicken. To add to the splendour of this place it was Poya and with the moon light we did not need our torches. Relaxing on the bank of the lagoon surrounded by mangrove forests in the moon light was just Heaven! Caught amidst this beauty of nature we dozed off for the night.
We woke up early the next day as we had to make it early for the train, so we had bread and chicken for breakfast, enjoyed the morning breeze and broke camp at 07.00am, and then headed for the wardiya to catch the tuk tuk we had arranged yesterday. We made it a point to take all what we took at the camp site adhering to the principle “leave only foot prints” so we left it the way we found it. After having tea at Mr. Sugath’s place we bid him farewell came to the junction to take the bus to Palavi. The train came in time and we were home for lunch! Though this was a very short camping adventure it was surly well worth, with the company of friends in a double water-front camp site in the wilds; that was the Life!