Trip to Mahawilachchiya from Trincomalee with Benjamin Pages on My Motorbike


mapRiding was extremely fun as the road was so straight that you can virtually see Anuradhapura from Trincomalee J. Such straight roads usually bring the death to the bikers as we tend to forget our speed limits.  This was the road I rode my fastest ever speed. Don’t ask the speed as I don’t want to be fined for my confession.

Bay of Trincomalee

Bay of Trincomalee

A restaurant alone Trinco - Anuradhapura road

A restaurant alone Trinco – Anuradhapura road

The last leg of the journey. We left Trincomalee around 11. 00 a.m. on April 22, 2016. We spent some time taking photographs of Bay of Trincomalee. We took some pictures of Kantale Reservoir.

Kantale Reservoir

Kantale Reservoir

“The Kanntale reservoir dam breached on April 20, 1986, killing more than 120 people (exactly 30 years ago.) It has since been reconstructed. The dam impounds the Per Aru, a small river discharging into the Koddiyar Bay, at Trincomalee Harbour.

According to Mahavamsa, the tank was built by king Aggabodhi II of Anuradhapura and further developed by King Parakramabahu the Great. It was also known as Gangathala Vapi at the time. The reservoir has a catchment area of 216 km2 (83 sq mi) and a capacity of 135 million cubic metres (4.8×109 cu ft).

On April 20, 1986 at 03:00AM, the dam breached, sending a wall of water over the villages downstream. The floods killed approximately 120-180 people, destroyed over 1,600 houses and 2,000 acres of paddy, affecting over 8,000 families. One of the main causes of the breach was said to be due to extra-heavy vehicles being driven over the dam.” Wikipedia.’

Horowpathana Town

Horowpathana Town

Kahatagasdigiliya Town

Kahatagasdigiliya Town

We passed Horowpathana and then Kahatagasdigiliya on the way. My heart almost stopped when I passed Seeppukulama Junction as it is the place where road to Seeppukulama starts. It is my ex-girlfriend’s village and I get very emotional when I pass this area.

Seeppukulama Junction

Seeppukulama Junction

Mihintale Junction

Mihintale Junction

Pemaduwa Junction, Mahawilachchiya

Pemaduwa Junction, Mahawilachchiya

Riding with Benjamin was fun as we both enjoyed riding the bike. I wish I had a bigger bike than my Bajaj Pulsar 150. I was a damn fool to sell my Bajaj Pulsar 200 for a song. The company discontinued assembling this model and it has become a rare model since then.

Mahawilachchiya Reservoir

Mahawilachchiya Reservoir

Back to Mahawilachchiya - Benjamin Pages and I

Back to Mahawilachchiya – Benjamin Pages and I

Ben and I reached Mahawilachchiya around 5.30 pm (after ending almost 900 km/4 day trip) and had what they call “a well-earned rest.”

 

 

 

 

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