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|Year and Month||July, 2009|
|Number of Days||Last day out of 3 days trip|
|Crew||5(between 28-38 years of age)|
|Accommodation||One of our friend’s house at Lunugala|
|Transport||Old but faithful Jeep|
|Activities||Wildlife, Photography, off-road driving, Hiking|
|Route||Colombo -> Badulla -> Passara -> Lunugala -> Janathapura -> Cokagala -> Miniworld’s end and return on the same route|
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Off road experience towards the Mini world’s
The by-road started from the junction at Lunugala Police station, turned in to a hilly & narrow one within the first kilometer in distance. Condition of the road was acceptable because it had been repaired recently. Having climbing the hill, we came to a place known as Janathapura, a small village on a gap of two ranges of mountains.
Janathapura was a three way junction. There were two roads at the western face of the range. (We came from the Eastern face). One was to Passara. The other route was to Cokagala estate where we were traveling to.
The road was getting worse mile by mile. The jeep was driven slowly due to the bad road condition. The crew was more than enough to get tired the powerful jeep engine in such a high elevation. The area was surrounded by ranges of mountains covered with velvet of organic tea plantation. Though the shining sun was over our head, we did not feel any hot. The air was dry but cool.
Having driven nearly an hour, we reached to a focal pint at Cokagala. It was a rocky mountain with a shape of a stork, the bird. In another view, it took a shape of the upper part of a popular politician (1950s) in Sri Lanka..
There were lot of tiny summer huts (might be build by the management of the tea estate) beside the road, to enable both villagers & travelers to have a rest while viewing the beauty of the countryside
There were two abysses at Cokagala. The nearest abyss was the deepest, and known as the Mini world’s ends at Cokagala. To reach there we had to drive nearly 300m off the main road and 100m walk. The abyss was not less than 1250ft in depth and located at the eastern wall of the mountain. Since that was the highest location in the eastern wall for many kilometers, there was a panoramic view of Eastern plain up to the sea. A semi circular Plaque was there, directing main locations viewed.
The second abyss was located at the next peak of the mountain. A small Dewalaya in the name of God Shiwa was there, at the beginning of the path. Much attractive panoramic view was there. We had not need to pay any attention on deadly wild buffaloes, because we were not able to see any of them except some dried cow done.