05 February 2010

Bena Samanala


This is not Sri Pada but a look-a-like mountain. Also it is one of the closest mountains from Sri Pada. This particular mountain is called Bena Samanala. ‘Bena’ means son-in-law and Samanala is another name for Sri Pada Mountain.

Although it is smaller than Sri Pada this mountain is not a miniature model of it. In fact, Bena Samanala stands over 6500 feet above sea level.

This picture was taken from the top of Sri Pada.

31 comments:

betchai said...

wow, the clouds kissing the mountain top look like volcanic steam is rising above it. very beautiful.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You are correct, K.... Bena Samanala is definitely not a miniature model of Sri Pada. It's not much smaller, is it????? WOW---fabulous picture.
Betsy

Kirigalpoththa said...

Betchai,
There is lot of mist and clouds at these heights and i had to wait for some time to get a clear picture of it. in fact it was completely coveerd with clouds. Yep now it looks like volcanic steam :) Thanks a lot for your comments!

Betsy,
Sri Pada is about 7300 feet and this is 6500feet. So the difference is about 800 feet.
Thanks a lot for your comments!

eng said...

that is a very tranquil and magnificent view,,,mountain top. this reminds me so much of home.

eng/salitype

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Natural Moments said...

Beyond the use of words, this mountain towers with a voice that gets listened to.

Tammie Lee said...

I love mountains and so many other people do. I wonder what it is that calls to us. This is wonderful.

Jane said...

I also love mountains and this is wonderful!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Eng / BLOGitse / Bern / Tammie,
Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

Amaris in Wonderland said...

What an amazing view...

I love the other ridges in the distance, and the layered light sheets (and then blankets) of clouds above...

Thank you for sharing. :)

Loshini said...

the view's very moving from the top of sri pada.. thanks for sharing :)

George said...

This picture is absolutely gorgeous. Not only is the mountain itself beautiful, but I love the clouds you captured in the background.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Jane / Amaris / Loshini / George,
Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place so close to the clouds.

rainfield61 said...

6500 feet above sea level. Must be a good challenge.

The view on the peak is beautiful.

smart readers said...

Dreamy!

Chavie said...

wow, I did not know about this... :) Good snap K!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Rajesh,
Yes a super place!

Rainfield,
Yes, I have heard this is a quite challenging mountain to surmount.

Amila,
Thanks for your comments!

Chavie,
Hope you have surely seen this from the Eastern side. Infact it has twin peaks. If you have come via Rathnapura route, at a village called Gilimale, (Before Palabaddala) this is the only peak you see towards Sri Pada. Since Gilimale is in a valley Sri Pada is covered with closer mountains including Bena Samanala. Also on misty day, you might see Bena Samanala but not Sri pada, making it a false peak :)

I'll show more pictures of this area soon.


Thanks all for your comments!!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely view on the mountain peak and clouds. Great shot!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks Eileen!

Bill said...

Nice photo. Love the cloud formed by the mountain air.

Mona Sweden said...

Magnificent wiew! The peak looks really close to heaven.

Tricia said...

Very very beautiful - What a wonderful experience it must be to see such a beautiful view!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Certainly not your average shot! Wow, what a sight to see!!!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Certainly not your average shot! Wow, what a sight to see!!!

Stine in Ontario said...

What a view!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Bill / Mona / Tricia / LeAnn / Stine,
Thanks very much for your wonderful comments!!

Ann said...

You always have beautiful scenary.

Do you play cricket?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Ann,
I play cricket but I am not that good at it! Like most Sri Lankans here I'm a die hard cricket fan too :)
Thanks for your comments!!

Gallicissa said...

Did you climb Sripada this season?
I'd like to do it this season - if I can find time.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Amila,
Yes, I went last December. Shall we go there one of these days?