Hawagala is located at an elevation of 1330 m above sea level in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The nearest town is Belihuloya. It is about 4.2 km from Belihuloya town. It is a bit difficult to climb the famous Hawagala mountain for camping.
There is a similar folklore to Hawagala in the mountain range in the Belihuloya area. Legend has it that King Rawana pierced a rabbit while he was on his way from 'Patupavakahinna Kanda' in the same mountain range and the mountain was called 'Ha Gala' because the hole was pierced by the adjoining mountain. There is an opinion among the villagers that the "and stone" later became the "rabbit stone".
Access to Hawagala is located on the road to Pahanthuduwa Falls, 3 km from Pambahinna area. If you are coming from Colombo you can descend from Belihuloya and start the Hawagala climb. Considering the route to the top of Hawagala which starts through Laduyaya Estate, you have to climb this mountain peak through a rough path of about three kilometers.
Starting from the Horaton Plain and flowing to the Samanala Wewa, the Belihuloya Oya feeds on this ecosystem and on the way to the top of the Hawagala you have to travel some distance along the Belihuloya Road. There you will also have the opportunity to visit Pahanthudawa Falls.
After reaching the summit of Hawagala at an altitude of about 1330 m above sea level, Samanala Wewa, Sabaragamuwa University, and Badulla Road on one side and Patupavakahinna Kanda, Dorapeliyagala Kanda, Horton Plain on the other. Lokanthaya and Belihuloya are also composed of mountain ranges such as Dethana Gala on the other side.
When going to Hawagala Peak, which is a beautiful mountain peak suitable for night camping, it should be mentioned that if it is rainy season, leeches should be treated and water should be provided below for their consumption. The morning sunrise and the misty cloud system will surely make you feel like you're living on the clouds during that time.
If you are going to visit this beautiful place to have the same experience, say, "Enjoy the environment as much as you can, but make sure you do not put any trash that does not belong in the environment. Also, if there is any trash left by others, bring it down as little as possible." Then this priceless ecosystem will be preserved.
Best time to visit :
June to September