Namunukula Mountain (6,677 ft)

By : Dinesh Deckker
Contact the Author : dineshdsd@gmail.com | 0716- 818740
Year & Month Number of Days Crew Weather Transport
Oct, 2010 3 5 Sunny Jeep
Trip Route
Colombo -> Badulla ->7th Mile Post->Wewesse To Division ->Glen Alpin Division -> Spring Valley Group
Accommodation
Uva Management Training Institute

Travel Tips, Travel Notes and Special remarks
  • Leave only foot Prints
  • Be sure to carry water at least 1L per person
  • Start early as possible
  • Local Guides : Sundaralingam | Yoganadhan – 055751402

This travelogue is dedicated to my team Members and My lovely Wife.

Morning Rays came through the window gave us a wake up call for our journey. We had our breakfast and started the journey by 8.30AM. Our main target was to climb 5th peak (The Highest peak) in Namunukula Mountain range.


The previous day after a tiring journey we were able to climb four peaks of the same mountain. Anyway we wanted to test our Map crafting and GPS skills so we drove to Wewessa Top Division using 7th Mile Post Badulla – Passara Road and found some roads to go around the mountain.

Although the road was in very bad condition, the view from the Wewessa Top Division was superb. Luckily sun was shining brightly and we had all the luck in the world. Its great the mother nature supported us through out the journey.
After some extreme driving through tea fields we came to the junction where 3rd mile post meets Wewessa estate road. People usually use this road as its easy and it has only a very short distance to Glen Alpin Group Deyanagalla Division where the Namunukula located at. While we were traveling towards Deyanagalla Division we were able to see tea pluckers and we stopped a while to take to pictures.
Few Kilometers later we came to our trail head, Deyanagalla Division. The Highest peak of Namunukula was not a surprising sight as we walked passing the mountain on last day hike.

We were able to find two guides (Sundaralingam & Yoganadhan) who supported us through out the journey. We continued the hike towards Namunukula without wasting time. But it is a considerable climb yet easily achievable.
After a considerable climb through tea fields we came across the forest patch. Beyond this point you are on your own so better be careful. There are “Kulu Harak” and  “Wal Ura” in the forest so always be watchful and try to climb as a team.
Later we came across a place where we had two options. There was a steep climb directly to the summit which was known as shortcut and another trek which will go around the mountain and then will reach the top. So we used Shortcut to climb up and used other trek to come down.
After the shortcut climb, we came across a area with trees which was few hundred meters below the summit and in this place you can safely camp and protected from lightning strikes if you going to camp in the rainy season.
We browsed the forest patch for few minutes and sad to find plastic bottles and polythene left by the campers. Again we continued our final stage of the journey.

When we reached the summit we were so happy that we climbed the 12th Highest mountain in Sri Lanka. There was a Small statue of Buddha and Lord Muruga on top of Namunukula. Also there is a well but water is not drinkable. We first walked to the Passara view point.
The weather was so clear and we were so lucky to get the best views from the 12th highest mountain of Sri Lanka. The soil on the top of Namunukula is a uncommon white sand. also there are lots and lots of Ashoka trees on the top. After few minutes we walked to the Monaragala view point.


Spending some time viewing Monaragala side was so exciting ad we had to continue our journey towards the final view point, Spring Valley. The view was extraordinary.. The most amazing thig was we were able to sea the peaks we climbed yesterday.

We had to get back soon as we had to return to Colombo. But surely we will return with a camping trip till that day this report is a small gift for the people who have not been there.

Have a Safe Journey!


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Usually “Ambalam” were built in a chosen spots such as by the side of a paddy field or stream

Commonly “Ambalam” were simple buildings built by villagers on co-operative basis. They were consisted with a hipped type tiled roof on few timber or masonry columns. Perimeter walls were short and formed a seat for resting known as “Pila”.

Few were built totally with timber structures. In such a case, the Ambalama was built on four rock boulders to prevent from termite attacks. Panavitiya (or Panapitiya) was one of the said few.

Directions…

Chamila(My wife) & I visited Panavitiya few months ago. Finding the Panavitiya Ambalama was not difficult although there was no sign board on the main road (Negombo-Kurunegala). The turn-off was nearly 3km before reaching Narammala town, where the road leading to the Matiyagana School. Having traveling another few kilometers we had to turn left again.

we reached the Archeological site passing a temple

“Sri Lanka Thilakaramaya“ the temple @ Panavitiya

With nearly 4km drive from the main road, we reached the Archeological site passing a temple. In the first moment, having seen the outside appearance of the Ambalama, I was also confused as like as most of the previous travelers, whether we had reached the correct place. But once we entered in to the shelter, we could discover the wonder of wood carvings that Panavitiya was so famous for.

The boutique located in front of the Archeological site

Little confused having seen the outside appearance of the Ambalama

wonders of wood carvings

Inside view

Beams, rafters & ridge plate

A dancer??

Column heads & wall plates

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