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Author Topic: Advice Needed - Pitadeniys camp (Sinharaja)  (Read 2951 times)
Nirmal
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« on: October 16, 2009, 06:47:22 PM »

Hi!
We are planning to travel to Sinharaja from the pitadeniya entrance and stay at Pitadeniya conservation Resource center for two nights. 
Need advice on following
* Can we easily source necessary food items from Deniyaya town.
* How close can we go by the vehicle to the center & how long do we have to walk carrying food items. Is it possible to find people to transport these (as we're carrying lot of photographic equipment)
* How to find a good trekker to help us. If u guys have some contact info. it would be a big help

Thanks

Nirmal
 
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2009, 06:58:20 PM »

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Can we easily source necessary food items from Deniyaya town.

Yes

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How close can we go by the vehicle to the center & how long do we have to walk carrying food items
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See below the directions from PathanOya ella Trail Guide

Route to Pallegama

Route1: Colombo -> Rathnapura[100km on A4] -> Pelmadulla[19km on A4]-> Madampe[13km on A18] -> Rakwana[11km on A17] -> Suriyakanda[19km on A17] -> Deniyaya[37km on A17 & 1km on B99] -> Pallegama[5km]
Total distance from Colombo is 205km

Route2: Colombo -> Galle[120km on A2] -> Deniyaya[81km on A17 & 1km on B99] -> Pallegama [5km]
Total distance from Colombo is 207km

From Pallegama, two routes are available to PCC.

Route1: From Pallegama take right turn to Mederipitiya Road, drive 4 km along Mederipitiya road to reach Mederipitiya (N: 06° 20‘ 51.1” E: 80° 29‘ 58.1”). Cross a narrow bridge and drive 1.5km. You cannot drive beyond this point (N: 06° 21′ 19.0’’ E: 80° 29′ 29.5”). Park your vehicle here and walk 1.5 km along Lankagama foot path and cross “Gin Ganga” river to reach PCC.

Route2: From Pallegama continue along the same road 2.7km further without turning right to Mederipitiya road. At this point there is an anicut (irrigation canal gate). Take the right turn to the jeep track from this point. This 10.2 km jeep track will take you to PCC.
Note that the last 5 km of this track is an extremely challenging and you should NOT attempt this route without a serious 4WD (or a farm tractor!) and a very experienced driver. There is a stream crossing which is impossible to pass during when it rains. We do not recommend this road simply because it is much easier and faster to take route1 even though it involves some walking.

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Is it possible to find people to transport these (as we're carrying lot of photographic equipment

Haven't tried this but I guess it would be possible. Its just a 1km walk so shouldn't be an issue even you have to carry stuff yourself

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How to find a good trekker to help us. If u guys have some contact info. it would be a big help

I don't have any contact numbers but you can get the service of a forest department guide at the conservation center.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2009, 10:14:10 PM »

Hi!  Mithila Thanks for ur information, It's extremely useful.

After walking along the lankagama foot path is there a bridge to cross the 'GinGanga' to reach PCC ?.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2009, 11:53:15 PM »

There is no bridge. You have to use the boat/raft of the conservation center.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2009, 09:50:20 PM »

Tanks Mitila appreciate your help..
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2009, 02:20:46 AM »

Nirmal,

Last time when we visited Pitadeniya, they were reluctant to provide us a guide to treck to Sinhagala. Finally we had to talk bit hard which we normally do not do with wildlife officers. We were able to get a person on the second day and he told us that the trail is rarely used. He too found difficulties while on the way, but it was a marvelous experience. You will cry when you see the christal clear stearms and real vergin jungle.

So don't miss it at any cost.

Wish you a fine trip.

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009, 07:13:52 AM »

Thanks Christy.. Wont miss it for anything..

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2010, 06:22:41 AM »

There is no bridge. You have to use the boat/raft of the conservation center.

They have built a new bridge there now!
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2010, 06:29:11 AM »

Last time when we visited Pitadeniya, they were reluctant to provide us a guide to treck to Sinhagala.

We had the same issue. The officer in charge said he's calling up a guide but couldn't fix anybody. We had to go with one of the cooks. He knew the way around, but understandably, wasn't knowledgeable enough.
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2010, 06:41:49 AM »

A new bridge (suspension one) is built across the Gin Ganga now.
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2010, 06:43:23 AM »

Just for information, now there's a small kade not even 1km away from the conservation center. But it's on the jeep track - you won't see it if you come from the standard path crossing the narrow bridge from Mederipitiya. Walk along the jeep track and turn right at the T-junc towards Lankagama/Neluwa. They were setting cooking ingredients too. Definitely not to buy all the stuff, but you might find essentials you missed out.
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