Then we reached the coastal town of Tangalle. Indika mentioned about a rare phenomenon. Though we had trouble communicating to each other since we didn't have a common language I understood he was trying to mention about something spectacular and that we should witness it. It was just 5 kms away in the coastal town of Dikwella.
We took detour; this was our second detour for the day. Trekked for 10
minutes and came to a rocky cliff. There were not many around. Came across a rusted and peeled off small board about blowhole.
Even as we walked we could hear the sound of water. Period of silence and then the rumbles. Waited
on the rocky cliff; just waited for it to happen. And then it did. The pressure builds up and after a while the
water just spews up like a fountain with a huge 'whooshing' sound. A small fissure among the rocks which was a long narrow crack like a chimney through which the water came shooting up like a tall fountain about 70 feet in height. During high tides; they reach upto 120 feet is what I heard. Seeing it was an exhilarating experience; one must see it to believe
it. This is the second time I could not believe when I read water spewing out like a fountain from below the earth (The first time was
watching The Old Faithful of California)
It happens once in every 15 minutes; I witnessed it twice and as it grew dark; waited and waited. It did not happen the third time. The sun was down and we turned away to go; and then heard it again and I missed the third time which was more taller than previous two. I didnt attempt to capture it on camera because its momentary and then I would miss seeing it live. Those interested can see it on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO0dAplClkU
The sun went down. I thought we should have arrived a bit early. Nevertheless the scene was spectacular.
The fissure from where the water spouts out
We walked down and chose one of the many home cum tea shop to have tea. As we sat in the makeshift shop waiting for tea; we couldn't help notice the damages on the ceilings and walls. We recognized what it was. The coastal areas of Lanka were affected by 2004 Tsunami. All through the 3 days stay in Galle/Hikkaduwa, saw many seaside buildings destroyed and now standing among weeds and shrubs as mute witnesses to nature's fury.