A destination for hikers
Sri Lanka has over a hundred of peaks where you can climb to experience and explore the vast geographical diversity this small paradise is blessed with. Arangala mountain is situated beside the Kandy – Jaffna road (A9 Highway) in Naula. It is the perfect destination to view the mezmerizing scenery around Mathale and Dambulla. This mountain was named as Arangala due to its shape which is similar to an earring and in Sri Lanka earrings were traditional referred as Arungal. Historical recordings reveal that Arangala mountain has a history related to Weera Keppetipola and Gongale goda banda who organized troops at this mountain. Arangala mountain is also referred as Nalanda rock since it is located within close proximity to Nalanda village. This gigantic mountain consists of three peaks and among them the highest peak is around 750 metres high. Arangala is a highly popular hiking spot.
The hike takes up to about 3 hours in total. A concrete road will lead to the foot of Arangala. The challenge behind climbing Arangala mountain is that it doesn’t have an exact climbing path but many of which are steep climbs over slippery earth. However strenuous the climb may be, your efforts will be compensated by the magnificent view at the top.
From the top you can see Matale region, Kandy region, Wiltshire, Etipola, Brandy rock, Ambokka, whole of Knuckles range with Reverston peak, Karagahatenna peak, Bowatenna reservoir, Nalanda reservoir, Dolukanda, Galgamuwa peaks, Galgiriyawa, Hakwetuna Oya, Ibbagamuwa, Wemedilla lake, Len dora range, Gedaragala Pathana, Dambulla Wewa, Kandalama Wewa, Kandalama peak, Naula and Nalanda towns
If you are a hiker craving for some adventure, then you should head on to Arangala. Explore the lofty hills located in the centre of the island and experience the magnificent views of the surrounding from top.