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|Year and Month||April, 2016|
|Number of Days||Two|
|Crew||16 including 3 kids|
|Transport||Cab and a 15 seater van|
|Weather||Sunny in day time and cold at night|
|Route||Maharagama > Awssawella>Yatiyantota >Norton Bridge >Nallathanniya, Moray Estate > Fishing Hut -> Back on the same route|
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We were planning to use a car and a van for the trip, but when I contacted Ashan, he discouraged the car. So we exchanged the car to a cab.
The van was from a cab service and naturally came late. The cab went early and reached Fishing Hut by mid day enabling my sons and grandsons to have a dip in Battulu Oya before lunch.
The rest were not that lucky. 2 Km before the destination our van hit a protruding rock and we had to abandon it. A three wheeler came by and took 5 of us to fishing hut for Rs.450/=. We were able to send the cab to collect the rest of the crew and baggage.
The full group got together by 4.00 pm. Inevitably, the clear water attracted all and they forgot hunger. Kids were in the early group so they were already in water. We joined them.
It was soooooooo cold.
After that we had lunch and a nap in Hut 1,2 and 3.
Night came. We grouped to Hut 1 for barbecue and singing which went till mid night or more.
Early morning all got up to enjoy the scenery. Adams Peak is at touching distance.
We spent the early part of the day roaming around and dipping in Battulu Oya.
The climax of the trip was the arrival of blue magpies.
We were talking about how rare the sighting of this beautiful bird and suddenly one appeared from the other side of the stream and perched on a branch. We cautioned all not to make a noise to enjoy this rare sight. Then another one joined. Another one and another one. Altogether 4 of this wonderful gift of nature just in front of us.
We did not have a powerful camera to take good shots but we enjoyed the sighting immensely.
Then one of the birds decided to make us mad and boldly flew into the hut. God! It was a real treat. It perched on the outer wooden partition and waited some minutes gracefully before flying back to the jungle with other companions.
Our day was completed by their arrival. So we had our lunch and came back.
Fishing Hut is sort of in a neglected state now. Road condition is terrible. Hut No2 and 3 are in a bad shape. Although we paid for Hut No.3, we did not use it but managed with other Huts. The caretaker and his supporters are trying their level best to give a good service. However glaring shortcomings are beyond their control.
According to the caretaker, there is a plan to demolish Hut 1 and 2 to construct luxury cottages similar to nearby Blue Magpie Cottages. Then it will be the end of another hideout loved by nature lovers.
We left the place with a heavy heart.
End of a trip – Hope you enjoyed the report