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The BOI, Amber Adventures, and Ambulwawa bring the much-anticipated cable car experience to Sri Lanka
Another first with the BOI, Amber Adventure, and Ambuluwawa Bio Diversity Center with technical & product expertise from China Machine-Building International Corporation signed an agreement worth U$ 4.5 Mn to establish the first cable car operation in Sri Lanka. This unique experience not only brings much-needed novel facts as the destination for international travelers but also opens a new page of adventure tourism in Sri Lanka. The new adventure-seeking local and foreign visitors will get scenic beauty and high elevation adrenalin rush 3500 feet above sea level cable car rides. The technology, operation, and maintenance will create a new breed of technician in the country and it will add new knowledge of technical know-how to our technically savvy technocrat men.
The total length of the cable car rides is 1.5 kilometers and three stations will provide the exit and entry facilities, and cable car pathway is designed through the biodiversity center forest range.
The Location of this cable project is the Ambuluwawa a biodiversity complex and Sri Lanka’s first multi-religious sanctuary situated in the central highlands of the country. The Ambuluwawa Trigonometrical Station in Gampola consists of a large winding tower resembling a stylized Buddhist stupa, a Hindu Kovil, a Muslim mosque, and a Christian Church. The area contains 470 acres in extent. The ecosystem of the location has rich biodiversity and provides sanctuary for 29 endemic species found in Ambuluwawa Mountain. The total number is 126 species, 11 mammalian species, including 01 endemic, 59 avian species including 07 endemic species, 30 reptilian species including 13 endemic species, 13 amphibian species including 06 endemic species, 13 butterfly species including 02 endemic species.
The new cable car experience will allow 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, forests, rivers, and towns. It is an area richly diverse, with evergreen forests, flora and fauna forest canopy as well creepers, and about 200 different kinds of plants from 80 plant families including a variety of medicinal plants. Ambuluwawa is surrounded by many mountains including Piduruthalagala from the East, Bible Rock (Bathalegala) from the West, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) from the South, and Knuckles Mountain Range from the North. Apart from these mountains many other mountains are also clearly visible from here and add to the beauty of the area. These are the Hanthana Mountain Range, Hunnasigiri Mountain, and mountain ranges associated with Algalla and Kadugannawa. There is a cool mountain breeze in the area due to this reason. The Ambuluwawa Hill and the adjacent forest are designated as a forest reservation which is named the Ambuluwawa Forest Reservation.
Technical Collaboration technical & product expertise from China Machine-Building International Corporation, a Fortune 500 company established in 1980. It is one of the important industrial and trade enterprises under the China National Machinery Industry Corporation.
Since its establishment more than 40 years ago, the company has always adhered to the purpose of “integrating industry and trade, integrating technology and trade, promoting international economic and technical cooperation in the electromechanical industry.
The company will provide total integrated solutions for cable cars which include, 8 and 6 seats, Closed, weatherproof, panoramic, window opening style, Automatic door opening, and closing function facilities. Further, it has a large volume of transportation capacity, about 400 people per hour. The cabins stop at all three stations, which is convenient for tourists and easy to get in and off. The sections will be built in such a way that no pillars and, it easy operation, and maintenance. All the station houses will be designed in coordination with the surrounding environment, In the overall arrangement, station buildings will be compatible with the surrounding architectural style, and become featurette buildings, not only not to impair scenery, but also to beautify architectural colors.
The first cable car experience in Sri Lanka not only adventure yet considering multiple offerings at Ambulwawa, but it will also provide a diverse eco, spiritual, and cultural experience to the local and foreign travelers