Jeep Club Sri Lanka (JCSL) together with DIMO organized its Annual Expedition tagged as the “Lost Paradise”, from the 24th to the 26th of November 2017.
Fifteen JCSL members with their families and friends eagerly took part in this expedition travelling from Colombo via Udawalawe , Lunugamvehera to Arugambay. The expedition commenced from DIMO 800 on the 24th of November and it was a thrilling experience throughout with unbroken rain making it more exciting.
Whilst driving to Arugambay, the route saw them passing through the charming greeneries and the amiable beauties of wild life of Lunugamwehera National Park whilst experiencing the scenic and breathtaking views of Udawalawe where the Lunch was served. Grand Hotel Udawlawe was the perfect stop to get refueled and no doubt members and families had a really good time not just enjoying the food but experiencing the scenic beauty of its surroundings.
Soon after the lunch stop, Jeeps took the roads to fascinating Lunugamwhera National Park. Rich in biodiversity the park is a habitat for a large number of wild elephants and so many other wild species such as Fishing Cat, Grey Mongoose, Bear, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer and Mouse Deer. In addition Park is very well known as a corridor for elephant migration from the Yala National Park to the Uda Walawe National Park’s Western region. The team was lucky enough to capture few moments of elephants passing by along the way. BBQ night by the poolside of Blue Waves Hotel Arugambay marked the end of an experience of overwhelming excitement.
Waking up for the second day was more exciting since the schedule read the next stop as “Kumana National Park” a well-known sanctuary for an assortment of local & migratory birdlife in Sri Lanka. Making the visit further interesting the team had the chance of visiting the ancient cave inscriptions which was discovered in Kumana dating back to 1st and 2nd Centuries BC. Surprising entrance of leopards and sloth bears amidst all the native beautiful species of birds and the history lessons learned nailed the summit of the visit to this amazing paradise “Kumana”. A feast of grilled flavors over charcoal marked the closure of the day two, letting the dreams shamble on the return to Colombo next day.