Thotupola Kanda n Kirigalpoththa Hike

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Thotupola Kanda 

Thotupola Kanda, also sometimes referred as the Thotupola Peak or Thotupola Mountain, is the third highest mountain is Sri Lanka situated in Nuwara Eliya district 2,357 meters above mean sea level. Mountain is placed within the Horton Plains National Park About two kilometers long trail is there to the top of the mountain that starts few meters away from the Pattipola entrance to the Horton Plains National Park. Most part of the mountain surface is covered with shrubs adapted to the cool and windy climate of .

There is another meaning for this mountain in Sinhala language that is “Thotupola” which used to land or park something. As per the legend of Rama Rawana there’s a belief that when King Rawana kidnapped Sita and taking her to the castle, his Air Plane ; “Dandu Monaraya” landed on the top of this mountain.


Kirigalpoththa is the second tallest mountain in Sri Lanka which is 2388 meters in height and also the highest mountain in the country which is accessible to the general public. This mountain also situated in Nuwara Eliya District and in the Horton Plains range.  While the hike you will be able to enjoy the different types of landscapes, endemic and native plants and shrubs, Barking deer, Deer and many types of birds. The area is famous for endemic  Rhododendron arboretum trees with it’s beautiful red flower. During this hike you will be getting the opportunity enjoy the mountain beauty and the Sri Lankan Bio-diversity.