‘Bahirawa Kanda’ when translated to English means the ‘gnome mountain’. It’s another very important landmark in the holy city of Kandy not just because of the mountain, but also because of the giant Buddha statue built there.
Bahirawa Kanda is in Kandy. If you are someone thinking of visiting this landmark from a nearby hotel in Kandy Sri Lanka the likes of Hunas Falls Hotel Kandy, this spot is quite close to you as it’s just 2km from the Temple of Tooth Relic.
Why is it called the ‘Gnome Mountain’?
It may sound weird, but the folklore stories are about an evil gnome who believed to have dwelt here. According to the stories, the mountain has emitted strange noises and made the villagers fear for their lives.
One of the most famous folklores is about the ‘devil’ that believed to have lived here. If you ask any villager about the story, you will definitely be able to hear a nice and an interesting one in which a family of a minister is involved. And the other story speaks takes you back to the reign of the Nayakkar Kings.
Once you climb the top of the hill, panoramic views of the city are all you can enjoy. You see the inside of the Bogambara Prison and also the picturesque mountain range nearby.