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|Year and Month||April 2010|
|Number of Days||Two Day Trip|
|Crew||2 (Dhananjaya and me)|
|Accommodation||quarters of Mineral Sands Lanka Limited.|
|Transport||From Colombo to Pulmoddai by Bus and then to Mineral Sand Lanka Limited and to the beach by foot.|
|Activities||Photography, Bathing in the sea|
|Weather||Rained bit in first day and after that it was ok.|
|Route||Colombo -> Dambulla -> Trincomalee -> Pulmoddai and return on the same route.|
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I started the journey from Colombo at mid night and arrived at Trincomalee at 6.30am in the following morning. At 8.00am there was a bus to Pulmoddai and I got in to that bus. After three hours I got down at Pulmoddai town. On the way I saw three great bridges that were newly constructed (Irrakkandi, Kuchchaveli and Yaan oya). I was unable to photograph those because the bus was fully crowded.
At Pulmoddai town, I met my friend and we went to the Ilmanite factory (Mineral sands Lanka limited) premises. My friend was working there at the time and I had got the permission to visit the factory premises. In the afternoon I visited the factory, but they did not allow us to take photographs inside the factory premises.
In the evening two of us went to Arisimalai beach. It was very calm place with a small crowd.
After enjoying a bath, we came to Pulmoddai beach passing the rocky beach.
It was late evening and fishermen had started to move out for fishing in their boats. The sand was totally black with valuable minerals like Ilmanite, Magnetite and Rootile. Those finer sands are separated based on density difference and Magnetic properties.
Ship must navigate between the two towers. Otherwise it will hit the rocks. There is Only one lane to enter the Pulmoddai jetty because of these large rocks. It is like a small natural tunnel in the sea. Only one ship can go at a time. After an LTTE attack in 1997(8th September) a ship drowned on its way. Because of that wreck, no ship can come to the jetty to load sand now.
Pulmoodai also a very calm beach with light waves and is suitable for safe bathing. Next day morning was very colorful at the beach. But the cloudy sky did not allow the capture of any scenic image of the dawn.
After bathing in the sea I visited the laboratories of the factory. At 2.00pm I left there and came to Trincomalee and then to Colombo.