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Bathalegala Mountain Range

When you travel along Kandy road passing Kadugannawa area, look across the valley to witness a peculiar shaped rock at the distance. The shape reminds you of the famous rock fortress Sigiriya but it is in fact “Bathalegala” or “Bible Rock” as the British named it.  As a child, it confused me and still many to think enough that it really is Sigiriya until someone who is kind enough to correct me. By the look of it, seems like it is a tough climb. But the looks indeed can be deceiving to many.

Bathalegala is located close to Aranayake. Whether you’re coming from Colombo or Kandy, turn onto Aranayake road at Mawanella. Follow the road until Gevilipitiya, turn right at the junction and drive about 2km to Hathgampola town. From there you’ll have to turn right to a narrow road (Bathalegala road) with a signboard “to the Bathalegala road” printed in Sinhala.

Following this road, you’ll reach a junction where you should turn left to a narrower road which runs past the trailhead.  After driving 2.5 km on this road, look towards your right to notice the starting point. There is a signpost, so it is hard to miss. Parking space is available but limited.

When you travel along Kandy road passing Kadugannawa area, look across the valley to witness a peculiar shaped rock at the distance. The shape reminds you of the famous rock fortress Sigiriya but it is in fact “Bathalegala” or “Bible Rock” as the British named it.  As a child, it confused me and still many to think enough that it really is Sigiriya until someone who is kind enough to correct me. By the look of it, seems like it is a tough climb. But the looks indeed can be deceiving to many. 

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Bathalegala is located close to Aranayake. Whether you’re coming from Colombo or Kandy, turn onto Aranayake road at Mawanella. Follow the road until Gevilipitiya, turn right at the junction and drive about 2km to Hathgampola town. From there you’ll have to turn right to a narrow road (Bathalegala road) with a signboard “to the Bathalegala road” printed in Sinhala.

Following this road, you’ll reach a junction where you should turn left to a narrower road which runs past the trailhead.  After driving 2.5 km on this road, look towards your right to notice the starting point. There is a signpost, so it is hard to miss. Parking space is available but limited.

From its top most viewpoint, you’ll be able to see nearby Samasara mountain (right in front), Urakanda (to the extreme right), Ambuluwawa mountain, Rakshava mountain, Asupini Ella (towards the centre) and Kabaragala (to the left). If there is no mist, Sripada will also be visible. There is a small temple at the southern end of the rock. Opened in 1997, It had been occupied by a monk until his death. Thereafter, the temple was abandoned and now only opens for special occasions such as Independence Day celebrations.

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