The highest peak in Sri Lanka is Pidurutalagala (Mount Pedro in English) that has an elevation and a prominence of 2524 metres (8281 feet). It is considered to be an ultra prominent peak because of its topographic prominence above 1500 metres.
The reason why Pidurutalagala is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka is that it stands on the Nuwara Eliya plateau that has an elevation of about 609 metres (2000 feet).
Located close to the city of Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka`s famous tea district) Pidurutalagala is closed for the public during the most of the year. The mountain is Sri Lankan central communication array for the arm forces and the government. Furthermore, it is an important spot in the country`s radar system, therefore the summit is highly secured.
However, visitors still can get admission and visit the top they have previously seen from the most areas of Central Province. Having a ticket, it is only possible to drive to the top because hiking is strictly forbidden.
When you reach the Security Base, you continue without stopping or leaving the vehicle until you reach the Upper Security Point, which is at the very top. To prevent overcrowding, the checkpoint at the base methodically allows vehicles to the top.
It is home to endemic tree species and colourful plants - all part of the natural wealth of the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, which also offers an incredible view of the country.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN SRI LANKA:
- Pidurutalagala - 2,524 metres (8,281 feet)
- Kirigalpotta - 2,395 metres (7,858 feet)
- Thotupola Kanda - 2,357 metres (7,733 feet)
- Kudahagala (Agrabopat Hills) - 2,320 metres (7,612 feet)
- Adam`s Peak (Sri Pada) - 2,243 metres (7,359 feet)
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