The history of Sri Lanka tells many intriguing and curious tales. One of them is the legend that surrounds Rumassala.
First off, where is it?
The Rumassala Mountain lies towards the south of Sri Lanka, in the popular tourist destination of Galle. The mountain is over 2 hours away from Colombo; so it’s better to book a stay at one of the many luxury villas in Sri Lanka that can found here such as the Pebbles Beach Villa and leisurely explore Rumassala and Galle’s other attractions like the Dutch Fort.
Why is it mythical?
Legend has it that Sri Lanka was once ruled by a great god king named Ravana, who had ten heads! According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, Ravana had a great battle with Rama from India whose wife the Great king of Lanka had kidnapped. Rama’s brother Lakshmanna was injured in this battle and was in need of immediate care. Hanumanna the monkey god volunteered to go to the Himalayas and search for an amazing herb that can cure any illness. Once there however he forgot which herb it was so he picked up a huge chunk of the Himalayan mountain range and flew with it back to Sri Lanka. The story says that on the way, a part of this fell and this is the Rumassala Mountain!
What Can You See Today?
In modern day, when you visit Rumassala, you’ll be able to see a gigantic statue of Hanumanna at the top. There’s also a very beautiful Buddhist temple by the name of the Japanese Peace Pagoda.
Carperted by lush forestry, Rumassala is located on a promontory facing the Indian Ocean. This means that once you reach your top and explored the temple, you can climb up towards the pagoda and feast your eyes on the absolutely stunning views of the bay and the ocean! You can also see the lighthouse of the Dutch Fort from here.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+