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|Year and Month||September, 2015|
|Number of Days||First day of a two day trip (Day two report)|
|Crew||2 (Me and my better half)|
|Accommodation||Chundikulam nature park|
|Activities||Bird watching, culture, Road trip, Photography|
|Route||Chilaw -> Anuradhapura -> Vavuniya -> Puliyankulam -> Nedunkeni -> Oddusudan -> Mullaittivu -> Alampil -> Nayaru -> Kokkilai -> Mullaittivu -> Vellamullivaikal -> Puthukkudyiruppu -> Visuvamadu -> Paranthan -> Elephant pass -> Chundikulam|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
** SPECIAL THANKS TO ** Amila for helping in bookings and guidance
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Ok there was a huge gap in my traveling history and I needed to cover it up ASAP. Yes Mullaitivu needed to be explored but in a unique way. Both of us decided before hand not to focus on any remains that glorify the past of Terrorism other than few road side monuments. So this was more of a road trip and exploring beautiful and giant reservoirs in this virgin forest district. First of all I should thank the government for the superb road conditions which was a great relief for us and it speeded up the journey too. Though Mullaitivu is the main town of the district it still shows signs of non-development. One wouldn’t feel like you are in a major town (even Kilinochchi is bigger than Mullaitivu) if not for few large government buildings. There is lot to catch up for this war battered city.
We left Chilaw early to reach Puliyankulam in the morning where we decided to head towards Oddusudan from there. I must warn you it’s difficult to give directions because we used Google maps most of the time because of the language barrier. From Oddusudan we took a road which led us towards Muttiyankaddu reservoir. This was a lovely tank which produced some stunning scenery for us. On the way to the dam we came across an archeology site (we were looking for this) which is now a kovil.
Next stop was at Mullaitivu and from there we headed southwards to reach Kokilai. On the way we had few stops at Nayaru lagoon and drove on the dried out muddy lagoon like free birds. Where the lagoon meats the ocean there is an army camp (19th Gemunu) and on the opposite side of the road is an ancient temple called Gurukanda Rmv. This land belongs to archaeology department and there are some ruins which were found here, kept on display in the Army camp (we got permission to visit these stuff).
Next stop was Kokilai. Though we have been to Kokilai from Pulmude side we couldn’t reach the point where the lagoon meets the ocean but this time we didn’t skip that out. It’s really a nice place to have a bath because the water is so calm at this junction. After having a long walk under the sun we returned back to Mullaitivu to have some lunch at a beach side restaurant.
Next we reached Vadduvakal Bridge which passes over Nanthi kadal lagoon. At the starting point of the bridge there was a road leading towards Samudragiri RMV where an old sthupa could be seen. From here we headed towards the Puthukkudyiruppu war memorial and museum.
Next on list were four tanks (we visited all four tanks during our two days). Just before Vishnu madu we took a left turn to reach Udayarkattukulam tank.
At Vishuvamadu we took a right turn to visit Piramanthanaru tank and a left turn to visit Visuamadu kulam tank.
Our next target was a huge reservoir called Kalmadu kulam tank and it was also located in Vishnu madu area. Google maps were our only aid in this venture. After visiting the tanks we headed towards Chundikulam Nature park resort via Iyakachchi junction. It was a difficult 18km ride but totally worth it. Please stay in touch until I publish the details of magical Chundikulam stay.