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|Year and Month||January, 2015 (28th)|
|Number of Days||One Day Trip|
|Crew||2 (Dakshina & Me)|
|Transport||Night mail train|
|Activities||Hiking & Trekking, Photography|
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If the desire of cossing Sri Lankan 6th highest mountain is born in my heart very earlier, it spent a long time to materialize it. The main reason for that is the vary weather condition of there. However I found a guide by didn’t leaving the try & contact with him. As a result of that finally Morgan responded me which I expected for long time & then prepared to crossign.
I got on to Badulla night mail from Colombo Fort at about 9.40pm. & my companion joins with me at Peradeniya junction. Although we are in sleeping booth, we couldn’t get a comfortable sleep & we reached to the railway station of Great Western at about 3.00am. Two friends of Morgan were come to carry us to Morgan’s house. After getting little sleep in his home, we start the journey at about 7.30 am.
We started the journey with entering to railway from Morgans’ house. After walking 2km like this we climb the stairs which situated on the left side of the railway line. Passing about 200 steps like this we could sceen a shrine & Morgan said that it is a most sacred one in this area.
There is only one place to take water which suitable for drink from here. So we filled up our bottles. There after we walked ahead along the way which falls near to shrine.
Direct sun light gives us more tired, because of the foot path lays across an open area. And also cossing become more hard because of the tough ascent & without any support to hang. We went forward very dificully with fallings. (It’snt spent much time to understand the journey of here when rainy season.) Then we entered to a plain area & took the breakfast from there. We swallowed all the foods vey quickly because of hungry & tired. Then ready to go after getting half hour rest.
We reached to the first top of this mountain which including five tops at about 11.00am & we could scene very beautiful land area. When looking from here we could scene Haggala mountain range side & the Horton plains, Kirigalpotta & Thotupola mountains could be scene very clearly in the other side. Piduruthalagala, Kikiliyamana Mountains & the maiden forest range which spread towards Nuwara-Eliya could see clearly.
After stay few minutes there we left with the intention of see the exchange of two trains. Rests of four tops were situated as very small, so we could went easily forward.
we raech to the destination at about 11.45am and by then a beautiful image of the surrounding is appeared. Specially we hope to feel the splendour of the view of cossing 2 trains which came from Colombo to Badulla & Badulla to Colombo on air. This is the only place which we can see this view in Sri Lanka.
But the unexpected misty condition is made us very inconvenient with broken our all hopes. As time spending like this we had herd only the sound of the train. The train is waiting at the rail way station for the arrival of next train & three of us herd the sound of that with looking the mist. morgan said that, its depend on the fortune.
The other train is coming from Badulla by now & our fortune is arising according to the Morgan. Because the mist is dissapeared little by little & the beautiful scene is appeared. Really we were lucky to see that beautiful sceneries which related on that place only.
The clear surrounding which exsists till dispearing the trains is change orderly and covered by the mist & we stay there a moment & left at about 1.00pm. There is a camp site on the highest place of the mountain & our hearts were pain by looking the damage of surrounding there because of polythene which throw by travellers.
After stay some time on the rock, we start the journey again with the start of small rain. It’s little hard to come down, so we have to use the rope for some places.
We came to kovil premises at about 3.00pm & we entirely get wet by then. The surrounding is swallowed by the mist and it gains a novel experience for us.
We entered to the rail way track and start came back and completed the journey successfully at the rail way station at about 4.30pm.
Thanks for reading my long report.
Have a safe & lucky journey!!!