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Travel to Sri Lanka: Mahaweli Ferry

A few informal ferries survive on the river, including this one at Paingamuwa, upstream from Peradeniya.

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The ferryman owns the dugout, which he says lasts only a few years.

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The charge: 5 rupees, about 5 cents.  People take the ferry because there's a market on the far side.

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The ferryman's own residence, near the landing.

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As spare as is conceivable.

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Another trip.

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Ready to come ashore.


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