History of Yakdessagala Mountain
Yakdessagala is one of hightest peak in Sri Lanka. And it is the highest peak in the mountain range starting from Athugala and Adagala (546m) at a distance of 16km from the town of Kurunegala in the Kurunegala District on the Kurunegala-Gonagama road. The villagers believe that Yakdessagala got its name because of the place where Kuveni who was evicted by Vijaya came with her two children and stared at Vijaya and committed suicide. Legend has it that Kuveni committed suicide by jumping off a rock at the end of the hill.
How To Reach to Yakdessagala
To start the Yakdessagala ascent, take a Kurunegala-Gonagama bus and alight at the Sanweli Vihara. You can get more information about this trip from the monks of the temple. The journey begins near a pond on the other side of the road in front of the temple gate. The path is marked by white arrows. The journey is a bit tiring as you have to walk on a steep slope from start to finish.
Environment and Best Time to Travel
We can not find water source on the way up to the mountain in the dry seasons. Therefore, bring much water before starting the journey. The last part of the journey you have to walk through the mana bushes. Also the road is a bit slippery. After a two hour trek you can reach the top of the mountain. There is no suitable place for camping.
Other Places near to Yakdessagala Mountain
People who like to hike in the dry zone, it can see several mountains clearly Yakdessagala. Athugala, Ibbagala, Adagala, Kiribathgala, Bisogala, Handurukkanda, Belgoda, Nathagane, Thimmagamagala, Tissawa, Dematawa, Wellagala, Kuvenigala, Werapola, Dolukanda, Ambokka, Navgala, Kotagala are some of these hills. We can see beautiful view of Deduru Oya from here.
- Bring water and food as much as you need. (Nothing there on top or beside)
- Do not drop any plastic items there.
- Do not make noice and disturb wild animals.
- Medicine.(First AID box)
- Height : 546M
- Location : Kurunegala
- Hike Difficulty : Medium
- Weather : good
- Activities : Hiking
- Time : 2-3 Hour Hike