Escape the Ordinary | Kuda Oya 2016

Month of December, as we all know it, is the month of festivity, glamour and vacation. It’s the end of a calendar year where most of us love to wrap up themselves on bed or gather around with family to take some time away from their busy schedules, enjoy the festive season with friends and re-energize to start another new year. As for the young KDU Rotaractors, this December was all about stepping out of their comfort zone with their fellow Rotaractors to take the most awaited trip to “KUDA OYA”.

For me, even though KUDA OYA 2K16 was my second time every little thing felt adventurous as it was my first. The best feeling about going to the Commando Regiment Training School with fellow Rotaractors once again, was that, it felt like going “home”. The warm welcome given by the officers and the early morning “sweet” tea has so much to say about how “homely” Kuda Oya is for me.

The Commando Regiment Training School in Uva Kuda Oya is originally the home for brave Commandos of our country, where they are groomed to be skilled with extraordinary strength, fearlessness, courage and motivation to face any battle and bear in mind that “Nothing is Impossible”. Hence for us, facing at least a wee bit of the challenges that the commando trainees face was actually something to brag about.

Kuda Oya was the place to set aside your fears and unleash the adventurous soul that hide within you because of your mundane daily routine at home or work. If you are an “adrenaline junkie” and would love to feel your heart racing with excitement, I guarantee that KUDA OYA is the ideal place for you.

Even though I’m yearning to share interesting details about KUDA OYA, on a collective agreement we are determined not to give out any spoilers for those who haven’t yet been a part of Kuda Oya. It’s all about experiencing than explaining. But I’m pretty sure all those who were a part of Kuda Oya had so much to share with their loved ones.

Thanks to all the “selfies”, new friends we’ve made in Kuda Oya and all the little stories we could laugh about for hours, Kuda Oya once again paved the way for Rotaractors to cherish a whole lot of memories. Next time when those Rotaractors meet, I’m pretty sure they would start their conversations saying “Remember at Kuda Oya…” in reminiscing the adventures.

“Life is for Strange Adventures, Midnight Swims, and Rambling Conversations.” Until next time, keep in mind that, “an adventure awaits you at Kuda Oya”. 😉

Article by Co-Editor Rtr. M Pasqual.


Kuda Oya 2k15

It’s a privilege to be able to pour out one’s thoughts about an interesting event so let me exploit my selfishness a bit. What is better is that each time becomes better than the last. Kuda Oya camp project doesn’t seem to get old by the number of times it had been held. Whether we have got the hang of your kind of taste or whether Kuda Oya itself is playing the trick is a hard question to answer. May be you shall find the answers at the end of this article.

Kuda Oya – a briefing

The Commandos Regiment Training School in Uva Kuda Oya is a renowned training institution for the grooming of highly skilled, untiring, brave and determined commandos for the nation. Even the hardest and the gravest of the final battles of the humanitarian operation were thoroughly contributed by the commandos. Looking back at the thought of having had done at least a few of what they do should send some chills down your spines right now.


For a period as short as two days, precisely 36 hours, the experience we got was exuberant. On the one hand we were left speechless by their discipline, organization and skills while on the other hand by our own fellow mates testing their adrenaline levels and pro cooks setting their hearts and souls on fire as they made the best dishes of mango, fish, ash plantains, breadfruit and the softest ever kiriala.

To be honest….

To be honest, gaining insights through effortless telepathy into the minds of everyone who came, may I guarantee that everybody was secretly proud about themselves and also that their respect for the brave soldiers of our country was growing through out our stay.

No spoilers

On a collective agreement, we are determined not to leave any spoilers for anybody who hasn’t been to a training at the camp before. It’s hard to fight the urge to tell every single dare we went through  but genuinely speaking, Kuda Oya has more to experience than to just talk about. Thus we shall leave room for you to take a sip of the soup and see for yourself rather than telling whether it’s bitter or sweet beforehand.

So the nick names that sprung up, selfies you took with your friends while they were randomly falling asleep on board the bus – savour them. One day, they will be the memories that fill you and also what would become the best of the blackmail material 😉

Keep up your hopes and we shall do this again ~ until next time then  ❤

Article by Rtr. T Wijekoon

The editor.