Yahangala Hike & Trek to Kehelpathdoruwa Mountain

Yahangala is a very popular hiking destination in Sri Lanka. It is more popular among local travelers than foreign tourists. Some call this mountain “Bed Rock.” It is another peak of the Knuckles Mountain Range with a height of 1220m above sea level. The place belongs to the Udadumbara Divisional Sectarian area of Kandy District. This is an awesome place for those who love to do hiking, trekking, adventure activities, and camping.

 

Location

As we mentioned earlier, Yahangala is situated on the eastern side of the Kandy district. It is on the south-eastern side of the Knuckles Mountain Range. Udadumbara is the nearest town. There are a few routes to reach the location. We recommend you use the Udadumbara-Kalugala Route. Some of them reach this location from the Hasalaka and Madakale villages. But it is a tough route to use.

If you choose the Udadumbara-Kalugala route, then you should first come to the Udadumbara small town. The distance to Udadumbara from Kandy is 45km. Then you should follow the Kaluagala route. According to Google maps, the distance to Kalugala from Kandy is 58km. There is a public transportation bus available to Kalugala every hour from Udadumbara.

You should drop out when the bus comes to the last stop. Now, you should walk around 1 km further into the village. Then, you will reach the footpath towards the Yahangala. The notice boards will direct you to choose the correct path.

 

Along the Forest

The villagers are very friendly in communication. If you feel trouble finding the correct route, then the villagers will definitely help you. Initially, the footpath is along a small forest. An hour’s trek will take you to an open area.

Now you can clearly see the Yahangala Mountain that has appeared in front of you. It is a place where most of the hikers do their camping. The scenery is absolutely fabulous, and you can identify the Kehelpathdoruwa Mountain from a distance.

Now you have to follow two routes, either to Yahangala or Kehelpathdoruwa. A hike to both locations is not possible within a single day. You need to separate two days for the entire trip.

 

Yahangala Hike

If you choose the Yahangala Hike first, then you can follow the clear footpath to the mountain. You should cover another small forest area to start the hard hike. Locals believe the location belongs to the god ‘Gale Bandara’. Therefore, they start the journey after remembering and taking blessings from the gods.

This is not an easy hike for anyone. It is hard, and you have to pass through some difficult areas. Large boulders are everywhere. Two adventurous places that cannot be crossed without a proper guide are It is extremely difficult to find the correct route for newcomers. 1-2 hours of hard hiking will take you to the top of the mountain. This hike is much more dangerous in the rainy seasons or rainy days.

 

Yahangala Guides

If you are planning to do the Yahangala Hike with a guide, then we recommend Zen Adventure. They are very friendly and help you with all your troubles. You can contact them with these mobile numbers:

071 085 7333 (Kalana)

 

The Summit of the Yahangala

The 360-degree view of the summit is absolutely gorgeous. You will definitely feel amazed. It is a flat area with a few acres. There were no trees on top of the mountain. But the grass has covered the whole area. Due to the heavy lightning, broken stones can be found everywhere.

 

Here are the locations that you can easily identify from here: Mahiyangana, Sorabora, Hasalaka, Rathkinda Tank, Bibile, Dehiattakandiya, Wasgamuwa, Maha oya, Girandurukotte, 18 Bends, Madakale, Udagaldebokka, Udaththawa, Welangolla Plains, Udadumbara, Kalugala, Poppitiya, Nawanagala, and Deanston.

Apart from that, you can identify these mountains from the summit: Kehelpathdoruwa, Lakegala, Dumbanagala, Gerandigala, Nawanagala, Dothalugala, Koboneelagala, Galpadihela, Kokagala, and Knuckles 5 Peaks.

Udagaldebokka, Medakale, Udaththawa, and Uda Iluka are some of the rural villages that are situated near to the Yahangala Mountain.

 

Kehelpathdoruwa

This is a mountain in the shape of Everest in Nepal. That has given the name ‘Little Everest’ to the Kehelpathdoruwa Mountain. The summit of this is 1485m above sea level. The route to Kehelpathdoruwa from Yahangala is another amazing experience to take. It is along the mana bushes and there is no clear footpath to find. After a few kilometers of walking, you can come to the summit. The view from the top of this mountain is more gorgeous than Yahangala. The view towards Welangolla Plains and Mahiyangana is fantastic. It is a great place for photographers to take some mind-blowing photos. Thunhisgala is another popular mountain that you can observe from Kehelpothdoruwa.

 

Climate and weather

The area receives approximately 2500mm of average annual rainfall. October–February is considered the rainy season in the Udadumbara and surrounding areas. The North-East monsoon is the main rainfall source. However, there is a clear dry season from May to September. The wind speed is much higher in May and June.These climate effects have created Savana-type forests in Yahangala and surrounding areas. People face many difficulties during the dry season.

The average annual temperature is between 19°C and 23°C. You will feel very cold after you reach the summit of both of these mountains. December and January are much cooler than other months. You can experience sudden changes in weather in Kehelpothdoruwa. The fog will cover you at any stage of the day. As well, there you can experience heavy lightning before the rain.

 

Camping on Yahangala

Camping on Yahangala Mountain is a dangerous activity, and we don’t recommend it. The reason for that is heavy lightning, high wind, and some believe it’s related to the mountains. Anyhow, there is a separate location in the plain to do camping. You can also go camping in Kehelpathdoruwa. But we do not recommend it further. Camping during the dry season is dangerous due to the risk of fire and high wind speed.

You should be very careful about wild elephants in the night. We recommend you light a bed fire throughout the night. Elephants are afraid of fire, and they will not reach for you. Water is another factor that you should consider when camping. There is no water source in the surrounding areas. Therefore, you should bring enough water for a day.

 

Wellangolla Plains

This is the plain that is situated just below the Yahangala. It covers a large area. Lakegala is another mountain which is situated in the Wellangolla Plains. You can see savanna-type conditions on these plains. There are some single trees everywhere. Mana Trees cover the entire area. However, this is a paradise for wild elephants. It has been recorded that more than 15 wild elephants roam the whole area. These elephants are not very tall when compared with other Asian elephants. You can cross these plains if you start your journey from the Medakale Village or Hasalaka Area.

 

Beliefs and myths 

The name “Bed Rock” has come for a reason. People believe the ‘Great King of Ravana’ was laid down in the Yahangala. According to the epic tale of Ramayanaya, King Ravana lost the battle against King Rama. Then the dead body of King Ravana was hidden in the Yahangala. The area is considered the battle field of that war. Lakegala and Rathna Ella are some of the other places that combine with the Tale of Ravana.

The God ‘Gale Bandara’ is a local god. People believe God lives on the Yahangala. Therefore, they respect the mountain and start hiking after worshipping the god. They also believe God is punishing those who, irrespective of the place, or those who come with alcohol.

 

Villagers have heard some sounds around this area. Some have seen lights in the mid-night. Therefore, they consider this a wonderful and respectable place.

Factors to Consider:

  • It’s really difficult to cover both Yahangala and Kehelpathdoruwa within a day. If you start very early, then you can cover those two areas.
  • Don’t forget to bring enough water. There is no water source in the area.
  • Rainy days are much harder for hiking. Therefore, be careful about the weather.
  • Be concerned about the wild elephants.
  • Start the hike after worshiping the god. Do all the things with good intention and devotion. We do not recommend using alcohol for the whole journey.
  • Bring leech protection in the rainy season.
  • Don’t argue with the villagers and show respect to them.
  • It’s better if you can go with a guide.
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