Wadinagala, Ampara

The mountain of Wadinagala .... Second highest peak in Gal Oya Vally,  stands 2400 feet tall challenging the brave and the reckless, is a roaming ground for elephants and houses the remains of an ancient monastery. 

It is famed to be a mountain, one considered as an alternative to bear the foot mark of Lord Buddha and its heritage in ancient Buddhism is visible in many ruins scattered around the mountain. Beautiful guard stones, rocks pillars and moonstones lie amidst the towering forest of ebony and satinwood, which is been plundered by treasure hunters and illegal loggers to whom Wadanagala had become a heaven of profit.  

Being the second highest peak of the Gal Oya sanctuary, the climb towards the peak is perilous and should be undertaken with an experienced guide as the mountain is streaming with wild elephants.

It is difficult to climb through forest covered paths, rocky plateaus and slopes of 70 degree angles lead to the top of Wadinagala, a small angled rock, which affords a panoramic view of the whole of Gal Oya Valley, a climax worthy of such a hard journey.  

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Latitude: 7.126315 Longitude: 81.573353 Elevation: 311 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Sightseeing, elephant watching, bird watching, photography and hiking.

To be accompanied with an experienced guide.

Seasons Accessible

Can access round the year, but better to avoid rainy season as the rock become slippery. 


No entrance fee, but need to pay for the guide.

Accessibility Notes

Located on Ampara - Siyambalanduwa Road. If you are driving from Colombo.....

Colombo - Ratnapura - Monaragala - Siyambalanduwa - continue on to Siyambalanduwa-Damana-Ampara highway (27.4km) - pass by Jayanthi Lake (in Damana area) - Wadinagala. It's approximately 304 km and 5 hours drive from Colombo)

OR Ampara - Damana - Wadinagala (Approx.30 minutes)

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