21 April 2010
I climbed this mountain recently with a group of friends. Sinhalaya Travels has posted a detailed account on the excursion and so as Libertad.
Alagalla is situated right at the provincial boundaries of Central and Sambaragamuwa Provinces. In fact Kegalle and Kandy ditrict boundary goes very close to the peak of Alagalla. Anyone who travels to Kandy from Colombo by train will surely recognize this imposing mountain on to your left as you pass Ihala Kotte railway station. Ihala Kotte is situated 3 stations after Rambukkana and 2 stations before Kadugannawa.
The mountain face towards Ihala Kotte is a sheer drop as seen in the picture above, so scaling it from that side is impossible. So we had to walk right around the mountain and reach a small village called Poththepitiya. The actual climb started off from there, yet the journey up to Poththepitiya was quite interesting with some scenic views towards Kadugannawa and beyond along the path.
The peak of the mountain is about 1100m above sea level and the total climb from Ihala Kotte is about 800m. This particular mountain stands tall among relatively smaller mountains in the vicinity, as it is postioned just outside the central highlands. The result is some breathtaking scenery at the top and along the path up the mountain!