So you visited the most loved lace of mine (Just above Jaffna)
I wonder why it is called One Tree or Single Tree.
Two decades back I clearly remeber the single tree on that mountain ik a trand of hair on a bold head. There were some bushes but this tree stood well over them. It was the unique ID of the hill.
Sandathenna is a creation of Municipal Council to attract tourists and you experienced the inefficiency of the service. Old timers who love the rough and uncut beauty of Nuwara Eliya do not approve such additions.
Lot of sumber deer. They are now attracted to the road side as people feed them. I saw one person feeding a full pack of lemon puff to one deer. He ignored my protest. It will be a disaster in no time.
It is a lovely report with nice fotos.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks a lot for the explanation and that was why this was called Single aka One Tree Hill... Were there telecommunication towers on the summit back then? Coz I hate these iron eyesores on the top of our beautiful mountains even though they play an essential part in the telecommunication field...
Well they had been doing an excellent job before making them permanent as the income for them based on the commission on the tickets. Now that they're paid a fixed amount monthly with healthy benefits, the service has gone from excellent to worse almost overnight... Well considering how lousy our CTB and Railway services are, not to forget the other Govt sectors, this is not surprising... Of course still there are some excellent govt institutions who provide grand service but people and places like these are a disgrace to those hard working people and institutes...
In terms of feeding to the animals, this is getting worse every day and we saw even foreigners (usually they're considered to be more sensible), the Chinese to be exact feeding and taking pictures which is pathetic. Unfortunately the wildlife officials can't be everywhere at the same time and the volume of people is simply unimaginable and do you know at an average there are 800 people a day do the circular trail alone? Just imagine the number of people for a year, well over 300,000 people counting the others which is more than the few officials at HP can handle.
Also, I wonder if the Sambar is becoming a menace to the HP as that tiny plot of land (you'll see how small HP really is when checked on a map) is being inundated with them. I hate to say this but it looks as if the time will not be long the officials will have to do something to control their growth. Only good thing is that the leopard population too seems to have gone up and the sightings have become quite frequent in the recent past.