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Students News   21 February, 2018
 
Namunukula Mountain range view from Spring Valley
Namunukula Mountain range
Map of the Namunukula mountain range area.
Passing the tiny bridge at Spring Valley
Passing the tiny bridge at Spring Valley
Entering the Spring Valley town
Reaching the Nallamale Village by lorries
Reaching the Nallamale Village by lorries
Reaching the Nallamale Village by lorries
Reaching the Nallamale Village by lorries
We started our journey from the 5th division
Our crew – just before starting the journey
Our crew – just before starting the journey
Leader of our journey – Mr. Bathiya Tissera (Managing Director)
Mr. Bhatiya Tissera advising and providing tips about the hike to Undergraduates
Tea plantation workers
Passing the Waterfall
Through the Eucalyptus Jungle
Through the Eucalyptus Jungle
Through the Eucalyptus Jungle
Through the Eucalyptus Jungle
At the Summit
At the Summit
At the Summit
At the Summit
At the Summit
At the Summit
climbed down the mountain
We reached the top of the hill among the heavy rain and waited there about 3 PM.
Then, we had to face the hardest part of our journey.
It was very difficult to walk along the muddy and slippery road.
All of us, worked and flocked together as a Team with unity, during the Hike.
The spirit of our team was our strength and our success.
After a few hours of heavy travelling, we were able to reach the waterfall by 7 PM.
Three or more of our undergraduates who were travelling with us, got into the trail and damaged.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Some of the stunning portraits that catches by our cameras around the Namunukula Mountain Range.
       
 
Report of Namunukula
Namunukula is the 12th  highest mountain of Sri Lanka, which has 2035m (6,677ft) height. The name of ‘Namunukula’ means due to it’s nine peaks. It is situated in Badulla District. Existence of nine peaks was caused to name the range as “Namunu- Kula”. It was the 12th highest mountain in Sri Lanka. The highest peak out of 9 was climbed by many hikers each year; but from Spring Valley side which was considered as the formal path.

 

  • Date                                     -  1st August 2017.
  • Number of days                 - One day trip.
  • Crew                                    - 50 Undergraduates & 22 Staff members.
  • Transport                            - Private transport by Two bus, Van & two Lorry.
  • Activities                           - Hiking, Photography and Scenery.
  • Weather                             - Morning ? clear sky / Evening  - rainy.
  • Route                                   - Colombo > Badulla > Spring Valley > Black Pool > Nallamale.
  • Tips, Special Remark         - Take at least 3 liters of water.
  • Do not carry plastic items.
  • Make sure you bring back every thing you took.
  • Use leech repellent.
  • Leave nothing but footprints & take nothing but photographs.
  • Author                                 - Java Institute for Advanced Technology.

 

We started our journey in hired buses from Colombo.  We travelled  from Colombo  to Badulla and then, we turned to the Passara Road and travelled 1.5 km  from Passara Road and eventually turned to the Spring Valley Road.  Then, we travelled about 10 km along the Spring Valley Road and reached the Spring Valley Hospital. Passing the hospital, there was the Spring Valley Kovil.  There,  we had to face a big challenge as the bridge was too narrow in width.  Consequently,  it was highly difficult  for our buses to take their turn and cross the bridge. After passing the bridge, we arrived at a gruesome but beautiful Spring Valley Town where we walked along somewhat challenging direction.

Namunukula is heading from the foot of the Nallamale village. To reach Nallamale Village, firstly, we had to travel from Spring Valley Town  to Maymale (along the Black Pool Road  upto Memale.) It was a very difficult journey to travel because  there were many slippery roads.  Secondly, from the Meymale, we travelled along this road and we reached the Nallamale Village, we travelled by lorries from Spring Valley.

 

This particular adventure event was a part of one of the aims of the Java Institute.  It was a  brainchild of the Managing Director, who  is a craft an extreme Software Engineer. Ultimately, the Java Institute produces very capable Software Engineers who are very efficient   and effectively handle all the challenges and obstacles of the real world, both technical and physical.

 

The ?tea plant area? is bound to hillsides and in this  area, everybody  should be  very careful  from leeches; especially  during the rainy seasons. Passing this area, we also  had to face this obstacle since it was a  heavy rainy day.  But we did not give up our trip. Then we  walked along the footpath which was heavily covered by  the tea trees and reached the waterfall. To reach the top of the Namunukula  Mountain,  we had to  move to  the left side  of the footpath which was near the stream  and then  we crossed  the Eucalyptus jungle towards the Uphill.

 

Crossing  the Eucalyptus Jungle was rather  difficult. There was  a very  severe rising and this area was  heavily covered  with the  muddy stagnant eucalyptus leaves. Due to this  slippery environment, it was extremely difficult to pass this eucalyptus forest.

 

After passing the  Eucalyptus Jungle , we decided to  rest for some time.  Then, we had our breakfast.  We took  bread and biscuits as snacks.  After our breakfast, we cleaned that area and  again we started our journey. At the end of the forest of  Eucalyptus Trees,  we entered into the natural forest  area which     was covered with well-developed trees . There, we had to follow the footpath (one after the other) and reached the uphill.  During this risky hike,  there was a shallow cliff and as a result, we took  about two hours time to pass this section.

 

As soon as we  reached  the top of the hill of Namunukula, firstly, there was  a drizzling and later  it became  a heavy rain.   But our team remained there around 2 hours ignoring the rainfall. As a result of the rain,  a thick  mist came, and  it was  extremely difficult to watch the scenery.

 

We reached the top of the hill among the heavy rain  and waited there  about 3 PM.  Taking in to account the risk of heavy rain and the thick mist,  we decided to climbed down  the mountain.  About two hours? time, we were able to reach Eucalyptus jungle again.  

 

Then, we had to face the  hardest part of our journey.  Due to the heavy rain, It was very difficult to walk along the  muddy and slippery road.  Three  or more  of our undergraduates  who were travelling with us, got into the trail and damaged  and bruised  their feet. However,  we  managed to carry the weary and wounded students without damaging ourselves.  All of us, worked and flocked together  as a Team with unity, during the Hike. The spirit of our team was our strength and our success.

 

After a few hours of heavy travelling, we were able to reach the waterfall by 7 PM.  Then  the darkness dawned. We had to walk very carefully, and  one hour's time later,  we  safely  reached the  village of Nallamale.

 

Having gained extremely valuable experience to our lives,  we gathered  only the memories and photos without destroying and damaging the nature and beauty of Namunukula Mountain.  With the intention of returning to the Namunukula Mountain Range another day again we reached our destination happily.