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|Year and Month||August, 2011|
|Number of Days||3 days (From 12.08.2011 (Night) to 15.08.2011 (Night))|
|Crew||4 males 3 females and one child|
|Accommodation||Golden Beach Cottages, No.24, Allesgarden, TrincomaleeTwo cottages were used.|
|Activities||Enjoying sheer beauty of nature. Visiting places of interest|
|Weather||Rain started suddenly and it affected the roads around Seruwila and Muttur. Our boat nearly capsized while returning from Pigeon island|
|Route||Malabe –> Kaduwela –> Nittambuwa –> Warakapola –> Polgahawela -> Kurunegala –> Dambulla –> Habarana –> Kantale –> Seruwila –> Mutur –> Kinniya –> TrincoBack through A 6 Road from Trinco.|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
SPECIAL THANKS – Lakdasun Members who provided valuable trip planning guidance, Welikala of Air Force, Priyantha of Navy, Mr. Chandrakanthan of IOC
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We intended to cover Trinco and surrounding places of interest as much as possible and the trip was planned to the minute detail. However unexpected bad weather, poor road conditions and Grease Yaka prevented us from touching all places, meaning another trip when time permits!!!!
We started from Malabe at 11.00 pm on 12.08.2011 and reached Kantale by 4.00 am on 13.08.2011. As the road leading to Seruwila was deserted and in a very bad condition with a chance to meet elephants, we preferred to stay at Kantale till day break. However a lorry came from out of blue and they wanted to go to Mutur via Seruwila. We followed them. However before reaching the jungle area they panicked and stopped. Army personnel at a camp encouraged us to go ahead. When we called the Nayaka Hamuduruwo of Seruwila two days before, he too told us that elephants are harmless and avoid vehicle lights. So we continued our journey on a worst possible road and reached the temple by 6.00 am.
Two days before, when we called Nayaka Hamuduruwo, we asked what the temple requires most and we were informed that few FCL bulbs would be appropriate. I circulated a list in my office and we were able to purchase high quality 25 bulbs!!!!.
13th was Poya Day. Nayaka Hamuduruwo was so please about our contribution and gave us a special “Punyanumodanawa”
From Seruwila we proceed towards Lankapatuna but failed to complete journey due to extremely bad road conditions.
So we turned back and proceed to Mutur.
We planned to go around Koddiyar Bay through A15 road but all people we asked discouraged us. Finally we selected a new road which is still under construction that connects to A15 near Kinniya Bridge.
Through an Air Force friend, we have reserved VIP section of Marble Beach for bathing and lunch.
Common beach was packed with locals who have paid Rs.20 to Air Force base to get access. VIP section is more or less deserted.
Marble Beach is one of the best beaches in the country with crystal clear shallow water with no waves at all. Bathing there is a tranquilizing experience.
Even the high cost of lunch (Rs.750 per head!!!!!) did not dampen our excitement!!!.
After Lunch, we proceeded to see the famous tank farm. It is presently under a long term lease with IOC and they discourage people visiting the site. We had to get the permission from Senior In charge, Mr. Chandrakanthan (0262233283/0759278689)
The tank farm consists of more than 100 huge tanks. IOC is using only 6 tanks.
On the 9th, April 1942, a Japanese bomber crashed onto one tank and the resultant inferno took 7 days to subside. There Japanese were killed.
After the Tank Farm, we went to our place of stay.
Golden Beach Cottages was recommended by one of our Navy friends. It is in the close vicinity of Trinco town. The complex has around 12 cottages. Each can accommodate 3, but any number is ok with the management provided you can rough out. It has a beach front and a restaurant. Cottage charge is Rs. 3000 per day. Lunch/Dinner is Rs.350 per head and Breakfast is Rs.250. The place is homely.
Early morning we started from Trinco towards Pulmoddai. Near 39th KM post, at Kuchchiveli, there is a Navy Camp. Behind the camp, neat the beach on a hillock, there is some ruins of a Sthupa known as Pichchamal Viharaya (Kuchchaveli Viharaya).
Hillock is known as Karandi Malai (Walas Kanda).
You have to get permission from the camp to visit the place.
We proceeded further to reach Girihandu Seya at Thiriyaya. This is the place where Thapassu and Bhalluka constructed the first sthupa in the country by embedding Kesha Dhathu. The area is glutted with ruins.
From Thiriyaya we continued towards Pulmoddai on a fine road with newly constructed steel bridges that have replaced several ferries on the way. Road was virtually deserted enabling us to take photos posing on the middle of the road.
Our desired destination was another beautiful beach called Arisimalai Beach. In Tamil, Arisimalai means a mountain of Samba Rice.
Turning right from Pulmoddai town and passing the typical black beach, we reached the entrance of Arisimalai beach. A short walk through a lusty patch of jungle ended at a closed alcove of a beach which is miraculously saved from black beach by protective rock formation. The sand is pure Samba.
From Arisimalai, we drove back to Nilaveli and visited Pigeon Island. It is glad to see that Navy is enforcing security requirements strictly. Our group consisted of 7 adults and one 3 year old child. We had to get a special permission to use one boat as the allowed maximum load is 7 heads!!!!
One good news about Pigeon Island. Approaching beach front of the island used to be a coral graveyard. Now budding corals can be seen here and there. Wildlife Officer warns off visitors from the area. We praised him and he was so happy.
We started back with the rain in progress and met rough weather halfway. Coastline disappeared, wind started screaming, waves came higher and higher and rain drops felt like pebbles. Life jackets were no consolation at all.
The second day ended like that.
Our plan included a guided tour in Naval Base and a naval boat trip before rushing back to Colombo.
Early morning brought a bad news. There was a conflict between Navy and residents at Kanniya on Grease Yaka issue and orders were given not to launch any Navy vessel to water as a safety precaution. (Apitamai Wenne!!!). So we had to be satisfied with the guided tour.
Trinco Naval Base is a wonderful place. Our Navy friend described it as a country of its own with a population of more than 10,000. Most part of it is covered by thick jungle. Labyrinth of tunnels, constructed by British, lay underneath of ground formation. Some are used by Navy while most are abandoned to wild animals such as leopards, bears etc. According to our friend, an expedition through them would reveal marvels including things left behind by British.
The most fascinating place is the Hoods Tower Museum.
“The name of the museum refers to a watchtower built on a hill, which commands a 360-degree view of the harbor and the bay. Three massive canons with a five-kilometer range, installed during the British period, keep a silent vigil over the harbor. Used for defense, the canons now form the centerpiece of an impressive array of antiquated military hardware”
The Naval Base has two nice beaches called Elephant Point and Coral Cove.
At the Museum we saw some moving photos of a rescue operation where Navy personnel were saving the life of an elephant who was swept to sea while trying to cross the shallow water. Elephant Point is the place where they saw the elephant
We left Trinco by 2.00 pm and had a late lunch on the dam of Kantale Tank.
END OF ANOTHER TRIP