Sri Lanka is a beautiful little island nation south of India, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. There are many things that make the island so popular; 13,000 kilometres of beach, the beautiful central highlands and the rich number of heritage sites and cultural excursions one can enjoy. The island also has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the first of which was labelled in 1982, the cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura and the rock fortress Sigiriya. In 1988, the historic Galle Fort and its precincts, Sinharaja Forest and the sacred city of Kandy were also identified, followed by Dambulla’s Golden Temple and the island’s Central Highlands.
There are several things that are amazing about Sri Lanka but the diversity and flourishing fauna and flora is very unique. Many of them can be found along the central highlands, among the forests and peaks. The highest mountain in the island is Mount Piduruthalagala, while many of the tea plantations and stunning waterfalls that dominate the highlands are truly breathtaking gifts from Mother Nature.
There are several peaks in Sri Lanka that are famous for its long trails that could challenge even seasoned mountain climbers. Adams Peak, the Knuckles Mountain Range, Hantana Mountains, Mount Piduruthalagala which is the highest, Ritigala and Mihintale in Anuradhapura, Bategala Mountain in Kegalle, Gongala in Rathnapura, Namunukula in Badulla and Hunnasgiriya and Vadinahella in Monaragala.
Piduruthalagala stands at 8,281 feet in height, and can be found 90 minutes away from the hill station of Badulla. One cannot actually climb the mountain as it is off limits for security reasons, however the view of the mountain is inspiring and definitely worth seeing when in the region.
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