20 October 2009

Magnificent Maningala


These awesome sceneries of Knuckles Range, Sri Lanka’s largest mountain range, were taken from the top of Maningala Mountain. You can view a full 360 degree panorama from this magnificent place.

From the top you can see some of the most prominent places in the Knuckles. A few are mentioned below.

Pitawalapathana, (wide open area in a plateau)
Karagahathenna, (A mountain just behind Pitawalapathana)
Riverston, (A popular destination of local visitors)
Gammaduwa, (A mountain peak further away from Karagahathenna with at least 5 transmission towers)
Thunhisgala or Kalupahana, very prominent peak in the range

As I mentioned in my earlier post, there is a vast open area on top of Maningala Mountain as big as a football ground. The above picure shows the view of Knuckles Range from this open land. The peak of the mountain (The head of the elephant) also could be seen from this point.

This link has photos taken from both the open land as well as the peak. My next post will give you more about Maningala.

Enjoy!

24 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Looking at you picture, I am thinking that if i can spend some time, sitting quitely, how nice it is.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Incredible photo, K.... That would be amazing to be on the top ---and have all of those views... WOW!!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Anonymous said...

Such magnificence!!!! Places like this almost makes you wonder about the lives we spend in the concrete jungle.

spend some time ? @ rainfiled

I guess one could spend better part of their lives there and not want anything material.

ah, well the wife and kids of course wil not be happy.

duty calls.

Chavie said...

wow K! those pictures are amazing! it must've been quite an experience standing there, on the windy top, with views that run to the horizon! :D Thanks for sharing K! :)

Kcalpesh said...

I so want to visit Srilanka soon! This one's a beauty!

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clo said...

hello hello....
always so beautiful...:)
every-time it's a breathtaking to see nature on your beautiful island...thanks to share with us...
have a good time...
see you..:o)

Michelle Johnson said...

these sweeping views are breathtaking. thanks for sharing such beauty. have a great day.

Gallicissa said...

I enjoyed exploring all those links. Those pics brought back happy memories. I did not carry a proper camera when I climbed Manigala.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Rainfield,
Yes..you'll surely feel like spending there for eternity :)

Betsy,
My pictures are not adequate to show the real beauty and the amazing feeling up there..you really want to see it for yourself :)

Anonymous,
Absoultely correct..If not for the 'duty call' I'm still there ;)

chavie,
You are most welcome! yes that was such a great place! You should visit this place soon!!

Kcalpesh,
It is worth to come to sri Lanka just to visit this place :)

Clo,
You are welcome.. Glad i could show at least some of the beauty of Sri Lanka :)

Michelle,
Glad you like them. Will post more on these sceneries in my furture posts!

Gallicissa,
Glad you enjoyed my pictures. I also have the same regret. Years back I used to travel to similar places but never carried a camera !!
Still I wish I had a Canon EF 100-400mm Lens at Maningala :)

christina said...

It´s a fantastic shot! What a nice place to visit, i think! Have a nice day!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Christina,
Thanks a lot for dropping by and for your comments!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful shot and looks so undisturbed!

Nicole said...

This is incredible.
What an awesome place for pics and a hike.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Icy BC / Nicole,
Thanks very much for your wonderful comments!

Natural Moments said...

It would be exciting to roam within such a beautiful and open landscape. The senses would become bedazzled and would light me up straight to the top of the mountain.

Sharkbytes said...

What a beautiful place! I really sense the distance in the picture.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Natural Moments,
Yep it is an excitng nature trail over there with wonderful landscape! I really enjoyed your pictures of the Pacific Crest Trail. Hope to see more :) Thanks for your comments!

Sharkbytes,
Thanks for your comments! Yep you can see miles of miles beautiful scenery on top of Maningala!

Evelyn Howard said...

I love this, and it's must be awesome to be there. I love the wide open space, the mountains, the view...

Kirigalpoththa said...

Evelyn,
Yep..you'll surely love this open space surrounded by cool misty mountains!

lizziviggi said...

What a beautiful shot-- the power of the mountains and the peacefulness of the mist leads to a gorgeous picture.

Sylvia K said...

A stunningly beautiful shot of an awesome view.

If you are going to post on Sky Watch, do please make mention of it and add a way of connecting your post to the Sky Watch site. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia
Sky Watch Team Member

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lizziviggi,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments!

Sylvia,
Thanks n have a great wkend!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful scenery and photo. I just love seeing all the green.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Eileeninmd,
Thanks very much for your comments!