Mountains & Lakes

Ritigala Mountain Range & Buddhist monastery

Ritigala Mountain Range & Buddhist monastery


රිටිගල කන්ද

ரிதிகல மலைத்தொடர்

Anuradhapura » Ritigala

The highest mountain of the North Central Province, Ritigala is stationed nearly 198 – 200 km North East of capital city, Colombo. Ritigala comes under the “cultural triangle” area and lies in-between the heritage cities Anuradhapura and Polannaruwa.The history of legendary site Ritigala dates back to the 1st century. The name express as Riti – pole (mentions the tall trees exist in the mountain range) or Pali word arita, which means safety and gala – rock in Sinhala. Also the mountain was mentioned in Ramayana story and in the Sri Lankan legendary note Mahavamsa. In both, the mountain was mentioned as a protective place. Ritigala is embedded with rich herbals and ruins such as early day monastery, reservoirs and its bunds, double plat forms and many more. Along the mountain a clear path is available which was used to climb up for meditation by the early monks. The ruins of the Ritigala express the mastery artistic talent of the early days. Climbing up the mountain and feeling the cool breeze will surely give a peaceful mindset to every one without any doubt. 

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Hanthana Mountain Range - Kandy

Hanthana Mountain Range - Kandy


හන්තාන කඳුවැටිය, මහනුවර

ஹன்தன மலைத்தொடர்- கண்டி

Kandy » Hantana

Central province of Sri Lanka is home for many scenic venues of the country. Hantana mountain range is one among them and located closer to University of Peradeniya.The mountain range stretches from Galaha to Kandy. The mountain range of maximum height (nearly) 4200 ft consists of seven peaks and the highest peak is named as Uura Kanda. In 2010 February, the Hanthana mountain range area was declared as environmental protection area. Presently the department of forest conservation governing the mountain range area. From the highest peak of the mountain range every hiker can adore the panoramic view of the surrounding and grassy land. Also the mountain range is famous for communication purposes. Travellers can enjoy the grassy lands, smooth cool breeze, flora and fauna along the path well. The Hanthana mountain range reached more popularity because of mountain hikers, adventure travellers and nature lovers. 

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Beira Lake Colombo

Beira Lake Colombo


බේරේ වැව, කොළඹ

பெயர ஏரி கொழும்பு

Colombo » Fort (Colombo 1) / කොටුව / கோட்டை

A famous colonial landmark of the country and which is located in the busy city, Colombo. As it is in the Colombo city center, many commercial buildings are surrounded it. During the colonial era by British, Dutch and Portuguese, the lake was used for the transportation purposes and to protect themselves from their enemies. According to some historical sayings the name Beira also derived from a Dutch or Portuguese Engineer. At present the lake get polluted and produce a bad odour in dry season of the country. Nearly hundred years old algae are the main reason for the bad smell along the lake but with the restoration project by urban development authority the threat was reduced. The lake provides a good environment for the tourists, as the surrounding consist of cable bridge, Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre, Air force headquarters, cinema, Lake House building, parks, hotels & restaurants and many other business buildings.  

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Knuckles Mountain Range

Knuckles Mountain Range


නකල්ස් කඳු වැටිය

நக்கில்ஸ் மலைத்தொடர்

Matale » Matale

In the central Province of Sri Lanka the Knuckles mountain range stretched out in Matale and Kandy Districts.The folds and peaks of the mountain range resembles as fist when view from certain parts of the Kandy city. This view result the British surveyors to name the mountain range as Knuckles mountain range. But the name Dumbara Kanduvetiya is common among the natives. Now the range was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and governed by Department of forest conservation. The mountain range is abundantly filled with flora and fauna when compare to the rest places of the Island. The highest height of the peak in the Knuckles range is nearly 2km. Many water sources generate from the mountain range and a very good climatic condition exists around the mountain range. Those who love to adore the scenic view of the range, who love hiking and who like to enjoy the natural and traditional surroundings visit the area. The Knuckles mountain range is a good venue to enjoy a vacation pleasant fully.

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Piduruthalagala Mountain | Mount Pedro

Piduruthalagala Mountain | Mount Pedro


පිදුරුතලාගල කන්ද - නුවරඑලිය

பீருதுதாலகல மலை

Nuwara Eliya » Nuwara Eliya

The tallest mountain Piduruthalagala or mount Pedro lies at the Central Province of Sri Lanka, with an elevation of 2.5km. The mountain range is located at a distance of 10km north to the Nuwara Eliya town.The name Pidurutalagala can be described as the rock loaded with straw, as it appears like to be so in dry seasons. The special feature of this mountain is it has a flattened peak filled with grass. The mountain is just not a rock but it is home for many species of animals, birds and plants. The mountain top act as the main radar system station of Sri Lanka and it results restricted entry to the peak by common people. From the single tree mountain the tourists can enjoy the venue as it is.The cool climate of the mountain invites more tourists from all over and also to enjoy the scenic view of the mountain everyone visit the mountain.

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Seven Virgins Hills in Maskeliya

Seven Virgins Hills in Maskeliya


සප්ත කන්‍යා (මස්කෙළිය)

கன்னி மலைத்தொடர்

Nuwara Eliya » Maskeliya

One of the best hiking places of Sri Lanka, the seven virgins range or saptha kanya is located in Maskeliya, Central Province. The name clearly resembles that the mountain range consist of seven peaks. The Luxapana falls on the background of seven Virgins mountain range feeds the eyes with adorable scenic view.The range is filled with abundant natural vegetation like tea, bamboo. It results in adventures hiking through greeny bushes and steep slopes. The mountain range became more popular after the incident of plane crash between the 2nd and 3rd mountain peaks in 1974. The view of sun rise from the peak is picturesque and the travellers can enjoy the view of water steam illusion by the atmospheric condition between the 6th and 7th peaks of the mountains. Seven virgins range is very suitable for those who love adventure, hiking, wildlife and nature. It is advisable to hire a campaigner and the tourists have to be aware of leech and other insects. 

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Sembuwatta |Sembuwatha Lake Matale

Sembuwatta |Sembuwatha Lake Matale


සෙම්බුවත්ත වැව

செம்புவத்த ஏரி

Matale » Elkaduwa

In the Matale District of Central Province a man made reservoir attracts tourists to adore its scenic view. According to Google, Sembuwaththa Lake is nearly 170km from the capital city of the Island, Colombo and 22km from Matale town. The lake is located in the Elkaduwa tea estate. The travellers have to pass the hard turning roads between Elkaduwa town and Sembuwaththa Lake.Adorable scenic view of the lake never retards to imprint in the minds of visitors. The lake is at the top of the hill and the tourists can reach the lake by vehicle. But if you are interested in hiking then the venue suits you too. The Sembuwatta Lake is belongs to Elkaduwa tea estate and also maintained by the same. The travellers have to get the entrance ticket for the lake at the entrance of tea estate factory. There is a distance of (nearly) 2km from the estate entrance to the lake. According to the villagers the area of lake was used as golf course by the British at that time and later they made the area as Sembuwatta Lake. Although it is a manmade Lake, it was originated from natural spring water. As the lake was deeper, to more than 30feet it is not advisable to bath. To convince the tourists there is a natural swimming pool feed by natural spring water is located at the one end of the lake. If you are a nature lover then you can’t skip this place from your trip list. Small huts are available around the lake to sit and relax you. Hunas waterfall and the Hunas falls hotel are somewhat near the lake where you can extend your visit. As there is no shops around the lake arrange your food and beverages before you start to climb up. Sembattuwa Lake is a place which is worth enough to travelling.

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