The mountains in Sri Lanka

The mountains in Sri Lanka

Mountains and peaks are not merely land marks for the local folk. Religious connotations make them extremely sentimental. Besides, some of these are known for other reasons as well. THE selected ones will be of interest to a traveller.
Adam’s Peak, a.k.a Sri Pada (Holy feet) by the local Sinhalese and Siva’s feet by the Hindus, is 2243m above sea level, in the  – Rathnapura District. However the climb is undertaken from all directions especially the mid hill terrain. The name itself implies the religious fervour attached to it. But there is a season in the year for the pilgrimage. It is also a place for thousands of butterflies to hibernate during that period.

The Mountain Range of Knuckles off Kandy Sri Lanka, is a misty wonder that gives an enchanting panoramic wide view once ascended. The shape is as you see in the name is like the knuckles of a hand. It is crowned with a dense forest that hosts a rich bio-diversity expanding into regions such as Hunasgiriya, Rangall, Elkaduwa etc, in the Matale district. Rising to 3000 feet above sea, the range of 35 peaks is synonymous with medicinal herbs, archaeology, history and wild fauna to entice any traveller.
Pidurutalagala known as Mount Pedro during the colonial era is the tallest in the Island being 8281 feet above sea. Although comparatively so high it is ascendable and there is the Pedro Tea Estate with life and activity. The longest river of the Island spouts out from somewhere on its descent. Obviously it provides a vantage spot to have an aerial view of fascinating sites of the land below and around.

Besides these there is Ritigala at Anuradhapura, Mihintale in teh cultural triangle, Batalegala in Kegalle i.e. halfway towards Kandy from Colombo and Namunukelle up from Badulla in the central region that demand a visit art some time.

 

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