|By : Sanketha|
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|Year & Month||Number of Days||Crew||Weather||Transport|
|May, 2004||3||10||Misty in the morning and rain in evening||Colombo to Ginigathhena by bus and then to by hiring van.|
|Colombo-> Awissawella -> Kithulgala -> Ginigathhena -> Koththellana -> Norton Bridge -> Dikoya -> Hatton -> Ginigathhena -> Kithulgala -> Awissawella -> Colombo|
|Camping at top of Saptha Kanya mountain
|Travel Tips, Travel Notes and Special remarks|
This is dedicated to My Crew Members.
This was a hike we did sometime back. Our main objective is to climb the Saptha Kanya mountain range and explore the area.
In the morning we got into a Hatton bus at around 9AM and reached Ginigathhena around 11:30AM. From there we haired a van to Koththellana. We had our lunch and started to climb from Koththellana area. First you have to go through tea plantation and then pine trees. After that there’s no clear path, you have to go by making a path trough the bushes. And that is the difficult part since the way is very steep. Some times you need ropes to climb. But on the way we saw some elephant dung.
We accompanied a person from that area as a tracker. That is the best way to do since there’s no clear path to the top. We started to climb around 2PM and able to reach the mountain top around 6PM. We harried to put our tent because it’s getting dark. There was no level surface for the tent. We put some grass under the tent sheet to make it somewhat comfortable.
On the following day morning the view from top of the mountain is fantastic. After having some noodles for breakfast we stared to move on to adjoining mountains. There is a foot path, but seems like not used much. On the way between 2nd and 3rd peak we saw the place where plane crashed. We stared around 10AM and able to reach 6th peak around 1PM.
Between the 6th peak and 7th peak there’s a water steam. Apart from that there are no water steams. And also I’m not sure that’s there in dry seasons (we went in a rainy season).
But after reaching the water stream we were unable to find foot path. We searched everywhere and unable to find. Our plan was to climb down from other side (the tracker said there’s a farm). But we had to change our plan and walk back the same way we climbed.
About 5PM we were able to come to the place where we camped. And then rain stared. But around 7PM we were able to reach the road where we stared the climb. We were heavily attacked by the leaches. Our foots were covered with blood. Even we had nothing after breakfast except some biscuits. We called our friend in Dikoya and arranged a van.
Have a Safe Journey!