Knuckles Mountain Range, Kandy / Mathale
Kirigalpotta Mountain, Horton Plains
Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock, Badulla
Narangala the golden peak, Badulla
Paraviyangala Mountain (Adara Kanda), Belihuloya
Wangedigala Mountain, Kalupahana, Badulle
Hawagala Mountain, Belihuloya
Kehelpothdoruwegala Mountain (Little Everest in Sri Lanka) and Yahangala, Ududumbara
Alagalla Mountain Range, Polaththapitiy
Hanthana Mountain, Kandy
- Knuckles Mountain Range, Kandy
The Knuckles Mountain range includes sections of Kandy and Matale with the Mahaweli Valley separating it from the Central Hills on the South and East while the Matale valley does the same on the West. It was named Knuckles because the mountain range looks like a clenched fist. Its importance lies in its clear water, cloud forests, and unique flora and fauna. The Knuckles mountain range (175 km2) was the 2nd largest cloudy rainforest in Sri Lanka. The Knuckles range includes the Dothalugala (5164 ft), Kobbaneegala (5098 ft), Knuckles (6112 ft), Gombaniya (6248 ft) mountain ranges and several other major mountains including Lakegala, Kalupahana, Wamarapuragala in the central hills of Sri Lanka. Knuckles has become a popular destination among mountain climbers in recent years. Although there are several routes for climbing Knuckles, the easiest way is to travel from Colombo to Kandy to Wattegama to Bambarella or Gomeraya and reach the footer of the hill.
2. Kirigalpotta Mountain, Horton Plains
Kirigalpoththa mountain is the second-highest mountain in Sri Lanka with a 2,388m(7,835 ft) height above the sea level. The peak is situated near the city of Nuwara Eliya, and it’s part of the world-famous Horton Plains National Park. Kirigalpotta consists of several beauties and high amount of endemic varieties. Especially endemic plants, flowers, mammals, snakes, birds, and insects can be found at the mountain. Kirigalpotta Mountain Is considered as the highest point in Sri Lanka open to the mountain climbers (Piduruthalagala mountain, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, is used for military purposes and entry is limited).
Travel to this peak is somewhat difficult. At the entrance to Horton Plains National Park, you will able to see Mount Kirigalpotta. The easiest way to get to the foot of the mountain is to walk along the road near the Horton Plains Museum. The four-hour trek will take you to the beautiful valleys filled with flowers and streams, as well as swarms of Sambur and other beautiful animals.
3. Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock, Badulla
Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful train rides, the train to Ella is top of most travelers’ lists when they travel to Sri Lanka. Ella in Sri Lanka is a beautiful paradise that offers stunning mountain hikes, and lovely waterfalls. There are many stunning places to see in Ella including Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Diyaluma Fall, Ravana Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, and also Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. Climbing up the Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock is one of the favorite activities among the tourists and also localists who are traveling to Ella for their holiday.
Little Adam’s Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’ it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the footprint of Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the mountain was called Little Adams Peak. “Punchi Sri Pada” is another name for this peak. It’s 1141m in height above sea level. Looking over the valley, the hike takes about 45 minutes from Ella Town to the foothills of Little Adam’s Peak.
Ella Rock Sri Lanka is another famous cliff located high above Ella’s village and 1041m (3415ft) above sea level. The stunning viewpoint rewards you with the most breathtaking look out across the hills that filled with green. The hike takes about 2 hours to reach atop the hill, and it’s better to start the hike in the early morning.
4. Narangala the golden peak, Badulla
Narangala Mountain is situated in Badulla district in Uva province, Sri Lanka. It’s the second-highest peak (1527m) in the Uva province and which is only second to the Namunukula Mountain. The shade of light golden color that can be seen from Narangala peak is the reason why it owns the name the golden peak. If you could reach the Narangala Mountain in the early morning, you will be able to see the wonderful sunrise Poonagala area, Madolsima area on one side and the Idalgashinna and Haputale, Namunukula mountain range and also Horton Plains on the other side.
If you are coming to climb the Narangala Mountain, you have to come to Hali Ela town. From Hali Ela Town you have to travel through Kandegedara Road till you reach the Kinakale small town. Then you need to park your Vehicles near the old tea factory and then you will be able to start hiking. There are footpaths and steps where you can use to reach the Narangala the golden peak.
5. Paraviyangala Mountain (Adara Kanda), Belihuloya
Paraviyangala mountain also called as Adara Kanda due to the cultural practices of Sabaragamuwa University students. Its height is close to 1500 m. There are several other stunning mountain ranges around this Paraviyangala mountain. Hawagala, Gommolli, Nasdaduhina, and Nonperial mountains are just a few of them. If you reach the top of the mountain, you will be able to see Samanala, Uma lakes, World’s End, and Walawe River Valley.
When you go to the Paraviyangala mountain, the first thing to do is to reach the Sabaragamuwa University near Belihuloya. Paraviyangala, also known as Adamakanda, is near the University of Sabaragamuwa. From there, there is a clear footpath to the top of the mountain. On this mountain climb, you will have the experience of a European mountain and a breathtaking experience. If you choose June to August for mountain climbing, it is imperative to be careful of the heavy wind.
6. Wangedigala Mountain, Kalupahana, Badulla
If you are a mountaineer, Wangadigala mountain is a must-visit. You can reach the top of the hill via a high up just a little beyond the Kalupahana junction near the Colombo Badulla main road in the Sabaragamuwa district. Along there are several alternate routes, which can reach the top of the hill. After about two hours of climbing, one can see the hilltop of the Wangedigala mountain in the shape of a mortar. The Wangedigala and Wangedigala mountain ranges are clearly different places. The location described above is Wangadigala (1400 m), and the spectacular mountain range in which it is situated in the Wangadigala mountain range. The highest point in this mountain range is Gommolli mountain, which is 2034m above sea level. It is the 13th highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Balathuduwa is another peak near Mount Gommolli.
When you reach the top of Wangedigala, the first sight that comes to mind is the beautiful Bambarakanda Falls. If you look a little further, you can also see the top of the Lanka Falls and Devil’s Staircase from the top of Wangadigala. Also, on a clear day, you can see the south-western extremity of the Wangadigala boundary separating the coastal plain and mountainous region. It should be noted here that the scenery is of striking beauty.
7. Hawagala Mountain, Belihuloya
Haagala or Hawagala is a spectacular mountain range in the catchment area of Belihuloya in Rathnapura district. Its name derives from the fact that the Hawagala Mountain is home to a large number of rabbits. With a 360 degree panorama, this mountain offers you beautiful views after a difficult climb. From the Hawagala mountain top, you will able to see several provinces of Sri Lanka can be seen at one time and the sunrise from rising in the east of the morning is a must-see in life. The mountain is surrounded by Nonpareil, Horton Plains Range, Paraviyangala Mountain, and the Samanala Lake. It is home to a large number of rabbits. Therefore, it is very difficult to spend the night here because of the leopards that seek prey at night.
From the Belihuloya Rest House, there is a clear and easy way to reach this hill from Uda Galagama Road. You can also reach Hawagala Mountain from Balangoda through an unknown route. From there, you can reach the famous beautiful Pahanthudawa Ella waterfall. The journey can be completed within a maximum of 2 hours from the point of start of the journey. During the rainy season, there are water sources on this hill. However, water is not suitable for drinking.
8. Kehelpothdoruwegala Mountain (Little Everest in Sri Lanka) and Yahangala, Ududumbara
Kehelpothdoruwegala is one of the highest mountains in the Knuckles Mountain Range with a height of 1530m above sea level. And also it’s the longest name of a Mountain in Sri Lanka. The Kehelpetdorawegala sub mountain range consists of four main hills and two small hills that form the shape of banana leaves which surrounds the village of Kalugala at the Ududumbara area. It is 1460m in height above sea level. On one side of this mountain range, the Yahangala peak is located, which is very popular among mountain climbers. There is evidence that there were meditating monks in ancient eras.
When you reach the top of this hill, you will see the beautiful Welangala Patana of the Knuckles Forest Reserve. You will also be able to see a number of beautiful mountain ranges such as Lake Gala, Hunnasgiriya and Knuckles and also areas of Ududumbara, Mahiyanganaya, Theldeniya. It is not difficult to climb the Kehelpaduruwagala. But it is very difficult to cross the Yahangala, and you will definitely need the help of an experienced mountain guide. The way to reach the Kehelpadoruwagala mountain range, travel to Ududumbara from Kandy and reach the village of Kalugala. The village is famous for Jaggery toddy (local kithul), Jaggery treacle and Jaggery jaggery. From this beautiful village you can reach the mountain footer about 2 km away. The trek through the orange estates and the beautiful valley will be a stunning experience.
9. Alagalla Mountain Range, Polaththapitiya
At the end of this list are the two mountain ranges, Alagalla and Hanthana. Because both of which are suitable for inexperienced climbers and mountains are near to cities and easy to reach.
Alagalla is a mountain that any climber must climb. It is also a safe place for a beginner to climb. You can get there by train in about two hours from Colombo. You can see the top of the Alagalla mountain as you board the train and get off at Ihala Kotte railway station. If you are traveling by bus from Kandy, direct bus services are available from Kandy to Pottapitiya (Route No. 649). Poththapitiya is a well-developed town. So you can provide most of the requirements without any hassle.
From here you can see many famous hills such as Uthuwankanda and Bathalegala. Mawanella, Kegalle and Kadugannawa towns also provide stunning views to the hill. At the other end of the Alagalla mountain is a Buddhist temple called the Pabbatharamaya. Also, this mountain range includes the Delkanda Ella waterfall, which are about 20 feet high.
- Hanthana Mountain Range, Kandy
The Hanthana Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, south-west of the city of Kandy. The maximum height of the range is 1158m. The mountain range consists of seven peaks. The highest one being the Uura Kanda. The range is a favorite destination among the newest mountain hikers.
There are many access roads to the reach Hanthana mountain range. The most commonly used roads are the Hanthana Udabowala road, the road through the Wijerama Temple, the road through Amaya Hills Hotel and the road through Sarasaviigama. One of the best of these is the road till the Hanthana 4 post, which comes from the Kandy town along the Hanthana road (the road leading to the hospital). There is a clear path from the footer of the mountain to the communication towers at the mountain top. These towers are located near the top of the hill. As you pass the first ridge, you will see a magnificent view of 280. This spectacular view includes districts and cities of Kandy, Mathale and Kegalle, and also mountain ranges such as Knuckles, Raxawa, Alagalle, and Piduruthalagala.
Local songwriters have lyricised the scenic beauty and tranquility of these mountains many times. The University of Peradeniya is situated adjacent to the Hanthana mountain range.