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Standing tall above the slopes and the vales, towards the central and southern parts of the island, the mountains in Sri Lanka reach the skies with a phenomenal show of splendour, magnificence and power. The majestic mountains in Sri Lanka could be found in isolation or as a range and is the birthplace of many of the splendid rivers. The beautiful hill country in the island, marked with its lush green surroundings and cool weather all year through as well as the neatly manicured gardens, waterfalls and forests, is a haven within paradise.

A holiday in the mountains in Sri Lanka must include a stay at Nuwara Eliya, also known as Little England and World’s End located in the Horton Plains reaching over 2000 meters high and where the plains suddenly drop abruptly over 880 meters.

The highest of the mountains in Sri Lanka , Piduruthalagala , towers over 2524 meters above sea level, and offers those who would dare to climb, a panorama of colour and exotic beauty while getting a bird’s eye view to the world beyond. Also known as Mount Pedro, Piduruthalagala is home to the transmitter of Rupavahini, Sri Lanka’s main television network.

The birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC, 13km away from Anuradhapura is the Mihintale Rock, a place of cultural, historic and religious interest. The Mihintale rock yet stands strong and ancient ponds, dagobas, caves and hospitals can be seen in Mihintale , the world’s first recorded flora and fauna sanctuary.

The 600 meter Ritigala rock dating about 350 BC, boasts an ancient monastery at its foot with a lovely footpath and ponds, some platforms and the ruins of an old hospital. The rock is enveloped with clouds and mist through the major part of the year.

Each of the mountains in Sri Lanka , boast an unparalleled experience and carries with it a wealth of history. Adam’s peak, though the second largest peak in the island and 2243 meters high, is so dominant that it stands above all others. Possibly the most important of mountains in Sri Lanka , there is mythology surrounding what has been discovered as a footprint on the peak of this mountain and almost every day several devotees travail in the night as they climb to get a glimpse of the footprint believed to be sacred.

Some of the other important mountains in Sri Lanka are the Bible Rock and the Knuckles Mountain Range, both deriving their names from the perception of their shape.

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