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.