06 February 2009


Ethugalpuraya or Kurunegala is famous for its many surrounding rock formations. Out of them, Ethagala (Elephant rock), Anda gala (Eel rock) and Ibba gala (Tortoise Rock) are more famous rock outcrops. The name Ethugalpuraya must have derived from Ethagala which is very prominent from the town.

You can climb all of the rocks and make sure you do it early in the morning or late in the evening otherwise the heat reflected from the rock will be quite unbearable.

The view from Ethagala is superb and you can see the whole Kurunegala town, the wewa (Reservoir or tank) and endless 360 degree panaroma till the horizon!

See more pictures of Ethagala from amilatravels.blogspot.com.


http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

hello, dear'''I have been in Colombo, many eyars ago..Love it Sri Lanka dn yoru shot is so cute...
have a ncie day

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous place and beautiful skies as well. Terrific capture!

Enjoy your weekend!


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love the mountains in the distance and the trees and lake up closer.

Coffeedoff said...

Beautiful Photo!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a wonderful view. Pretty skies and scenery, Thanks for sharing yoru skywatch.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Glad you have visited Sri Lanka :)
Thank very much for dropping by!

Sylvia K,
Yep, never thought the scenery is this great before climbing this rocky outcrop. Many thanks for your comments!

This area has quite a few rocky outcrops and each one gives similar sceneries!

Thanks a lot for your comments!

Yep, The lake and the mountains faraway really makes a great scenery!

Thanks all for your comments!

Amila Kanchana said...

How nice to see such a beautiful photo from where I live! Ethugala and the tank are my favorite spots of the city. I can never have enough of the cool and potent wind on the top of Ethugala.

Amila Kanchana said...

Just been there the day before yesterday. Took many photos and posted them here.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Amila,

Thanks for the comments and saw all your photos from Ethagala. Fantastic!!

I did a link back to your pictures too.

Amila Kanchana said...

Hi Kiri,Thanks for linking back to me!

Kirigalpoththa said...

You are welcome :)

Pybus said...

But other than the tank and the Rock are there other places to visit in Kurunegala?

Kirigalpoththa said...

It depends on what you like to visit. One of the interesting places I have visited close to Kurunegala is Arankele Monastery. Of course you have to travel a bit further away from the town.
Kurunegala was one of the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka for a very short period of time, so you can see the site of ancient palace/castle but what is remained is just a very few ruins. Also there are many ancient temples in the close proximity. One of the interesting places I have visited is Ridi Viharaya. Also you can see Sri Lanka's largest Granite Buddha Statue close to the temple.

BTW I just saw your website and I like it very much :)