03 June 2009
This rare paru palama (small ferry) was seen at a place called Molkawa. The river is Kukule Ganga. You can reach this place from Agalawaththa and it is about 10 kilometres off Lathpandura junction on Mathugama - Kalawana Road.
I have seen a similar ferry near Kohilawaththa too. I crossed River Kelani on one of those and reached the Kelani Temple a few years ago.
Once the ferry is loaded, the boatmen take the passengers across the river using the tension of the rope. Oars are used on the odd occasion only. Usually these boats are made to take only light weight loads, but even a vehicle could be transported.
Although it is a short distance, the ferry boat trip was a very enjoyable one.
Currently there is a bridge under construction over the river. Although it is nice to see these developments take place, I feel pity that we might not see similar ferries in the future.