15-Apr-2012 -- This is the second out of two confluences that I visited during a 10-day trip to Sri Lanka.
The story starts from 7N 81E.
On the day of departure, I left my hotel in Colombo at 5:30 a.m. and started running towards the confluence (18 km beeline). After an hour of running, I reached the main road towards Kandy where a short bus ride helped me to get to the village Eldeniya (3.5 km beeline from the confluence). From there, pretty little asphalt roads lead to the confluence point. The morning walk was enjoyable with fresh cool air and many friendly greeting peasants.
At a distance of 70 m, I entered a property with
this house whose owners didn’t know of the mysterious Mr. Banwardana. Well, five years have passed since Ray and Phil had visited this confluence point for the last time. I gave the confluence owners a short introduction into the confluence project, but the degree of abstractness may have been an obstacle besides the understanding of the English language. However, these people are so open-minded and kind-hearted that they nevertheless let me take the pictures.
The concrete well, documented by the narrative of Phil and Claire as well as the house, documented by the narrative of the Yip-Bannicq Group are still there and have not changed much.
The exact location is now in a pineapple and banana field, about 5 m from a fence. There also grow some giant Jackfruit.
After documentation of the confluence point, I walked back to the main road and took a bus to Colombo, where I arrived at 9:30 a.m.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 800 m
- Distance to a public road: 180 m
- Distance to a track: 80 m
- Distance of parking: 70 m
- Distance to houses: 16 m
- Time starting the hike: 5:30 a.m.
- Time at the CP: 7:18 a.m.
- Measured height: 41 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 5 m
- Topography: almost flat
- Vegetation: garden land (pineapple, bananas, palm trees), nearby agricultural fields
- Weather: sunny, 27° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: In the vicinity of the capital city Colombo. In a densely populated area with scattered housing, gardens and agriculture.
- Given Name: The Matutinal Jackfruit Confluence
The story finishes here.