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|Year and Month||22nd March 2015|
|Number of Days||01|
|Crew||Asanka and Myself|
|Transport||By Bus, Bike and Walking|
|Activities||Beach walk, Photography, Sightseeing, Share the fishermen’s experiences|
|Weather||Sunny and little bit windy|
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I don’t know why I’m too lazy to write trip reports but, after 2 years I decided to share my experience of my 1st beach walk. Finding a travel partner for this walk was a real problem as many travelers think as it is boring to walk long distance along the beach but, for me it is boring as far as our mind doesn’t feel free to enjoy the journey even under extremely hot & salty condition.
Although, my friend Asanka is not used to travel regularly, joined me. Early morning on a Sunday we rode to Mahawewa junction along A4 road. From there we caught the bus to Thoduwawa which was our starting point of the walk.
Most of the fishermen in this area are catholics in religion hence, not going for fishing on Sundays. However, they are used to repair their fishing nets, boats etc. normally on Sunday. During the walk we didn’t forget to meet fishermen and talk with them to share their experiences & terminologies they use in their society.
After reaching Chilaw we searched the possibility to cross Chilaw lagoon & estuary of Deduru oya as our main plan was to proceed up to Muthupanthiya beach. We were told by few people that it is possible to cross the estuary of Deduru oya as it was flowing with low water level. There was no any boat near the lagoon to get the help to cross it. Finally, 15 year old two children volunteered to help us to move to other end by a theppama (තෙප්පම). Though, it was bit risky to cross the lagoon without life jackets we had to step in to the theppama as we left with no other option. After 20 minutes we safely reached the other bank of the lagoon & walked about 2 km to reach estuary of Deduru oya. Unfortunately, Deduru oya was flowing with a huge water level giving us no chance to cross it.
We turned back towards the lagoon but, without a help of a boat we were unable to go the other end. After 30 minutes a team of fishermen who were heading towards sea by their boat noticed us & realized we need their help.
We came to Chilaw beach with the help of them; from there we walked about 4km to Chilaw town.
Thanks for reading…