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|Year and Month||April, 2016|
|Number of Days||Two|
|Crew||2 (Myself & Chamara)|
|Accommodation||Thanu’s guest- Tientsin bazzar, Bogawanthalawa|
|Activities||4WD drive, Photography & scenery|
|Weather||Misty & overcast|
|Route||Bogawanthalawa -> Dick oya -> Hatton -> Thalawakela -> Lindula -> Diyanillakele estate -> Bambarakelley group -> Dell -> Returned back on the same route|
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After tackling Bopaththalawa in the morning we decided to head towards the elusive Dell Mountain. I saw this mountain for the first time when I was hiking Great western 6 years back and ever since that I have been staring at it on my successful attempts to Adams peak. The difficult task was on deciding the route and after going through Google maps for many hours we decided to take the route via Lindula. From Lindula junction we took off along a road which ran parallel to Agra oya. The road which we took was in good condition up to Bambarakelley tea factory where the 4Wd journey began. From here onwards we went through winding tea estate roads and reached the base of the mountain where a small tea measuring hut and a by road which ends up at the last line house colony could be found. We took the left road which was getting narrow and at some places covered with bushes. Since it started to rain the road was like a river and the difficult terrain made things much more challenging. The last stretch was one heck of a climb and I needed to activate 4wd mode. I had to carefully navigate this section because the road was eroded at many places.
We stopped at the second tower and walked towards the main tower which is the telecom tower. The tower keepers said we need prior permission to get in but we weren’t planning to get in because the view was already obscured by mist. When we were planning to return back the mist cleared off on one side providing a grand view of Great western which was covered with an icing coat of clouds. We also noted many tea factories at Lindula, Thalawakele regions. Towards the east of the mountain we found a lovely plain where Agarapathana and Bopaththalawa side could be seen. Bogawanthalawa was hidden by Elabeddakele range and Adams peak side was completely covered by mist. We also witnessed thundering at Horton plains just over Kirigalpoththa and we decided it’s time to head back.
The return journey was also not an easy one and Chamara had to get down at some places to aid me in navigation. Though it was misty we were not too disappointed with the outcome and we were just happy that we did visit this mysterious flat mountain at last. We came back to Chilaw via Pundalu oya and it was a long drive through one of the most winding routes of hill country.