It’s a long way to Arugam Bay

Nature: The a??paraa?? to Ampara

Order himcocid Arugam Bay Surf Point

Arugam Bay Surf Point

Popularly known as Amparai or Ampari, the district of Ampara was at one point the largest paddy harvesting district in Sri Lanka. On a journey to Ampara from Colombo in Western District, you are guaranteed of a scenic and interesting route with plenty to do on the way. If youa??re into more surfing action, you can head to Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Order luvox but even though ita??s not the season, you can be assured that youa??re in for a joy ride.

Leaving Colombo should be done early in the morning, whatever the day youa??re planning to be there. It helps to leave space for any vehicle or human disasters as it pays to be early. Make sure you stop over for a night somewhere in between;otherwise ita??ll be difficult to make the journey straight from Colombo to Arugam Bay.

on the way to Okanda & Kumana

on the way to Okanda & Kumana

You can pass a snug bungalow in Nuwara Eliya or a safari camp in Udawalawe so a break in the journey is good to get fresh air and get ready for another day of travelling. Drivers should always check their vehicles and do routine check-ups.

Getting on the route from Colombo on the A2 highway to Panadura, always leave just before or just after rush hour. Usually this includes school and work hours. Passing Panadura, get on to the A8 to Ratnapura where you can stop for a breather.

Thereafter, ita??s the A4 that takes you on a different turn so you can pass Balangoda, Beragala and go to Moneragala. Or if youa??re into some serious adventure, pass Thanamalwila to find yourself on the fringes of the Udawalawe National Park.

You can just gaze at the elephants over the protective bund or just meet them near an electric fence they might ask you to share your sugar cane with them. On a picturesque day, you will see the mountainous plains of Moneragala coming into view; so remember to take your camera with you.

Moneragala on the A4 highway is definitely an experience for any avid traveller exploring Sri Lanka. Going to Pottuvil via Moneragala you can peacefully travel on the well-paced and tarred roads. Along the way, there are additional routes you can take to discover other places of fun. Passing Moneragala, youa??ll come to Siyabalanduwa which is about 15km before Pottuvil where you will chance upon the Lahugala Kitulana National Park.

Home to a stunning range of wildlife, you can catch sight of trumpeting elephants and graceful peacocks during their dances. If youa??re lucky, you might happen to get a photograph of Brahimy Eagles sharing a snake with their clan. Since it is the rainy season now, the heavy rains overfloods the arid park and there are patches of water making them look like lakes. Other aspects of the journey are all paddyfields and countryside where you will pass small towns with smiling faces. You can stop and engage in some pow-wow with the locals to get a feel of the journey so that you arena??t too stressed with the travel. The nature is so rich and diverse that you can see everything from Blue-tailed Bee eaters to the Crimson Flame-Backed Woodpecker. Along the way, snakes in every type of colour and kind slither away as you drive on the roads.

Once you enter the outskirts of Pottuvil, you can sight lovely places like the soil mountain, where huge amounts of sand collect to form a huge mountain. The Pottuvil point, Crocodile rock are other places to see with the definite number one hang out Arugam Bay!

Courtesy: SundayObserver

Posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 07:56:30 LKT by SaNDun

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