Maha Eliya Plain or Horton Plains is one of the fascinadoras destinations in the map of the tourist of the world. But the 'Kirigalpottha' peak, second only to Pidurutalagala, which can be reached on foot through a footpath in the middle of the green forest, is a beautiful destination that tourists avoid on their way to the Horton Plains.
Kirigalpotha Mountain is located at an altitude of 2388m above sea level, the peak is believed to have been nicknamed the "Milky Way" because of the milky color of sunlight. As mentioned earlier, the route to reach this beautiful peak, which is the second-highest peak in Sri Lanka, is about 7km from the Horton Plains Head Office. The journey through meadows, swamps, streams, and forests with the ever-changing weather is an unparalleled, different kind of experience.
Although the road to the top is a bit confusing, it is not difficult to find, as it is a relatively sparse tourist destination and is frequented by deer. Also, if you visit during the rainy season, your journey will be easier as you will find some places with swamps.
As the Maha Eliyatenna reserve is home to the mountain leopard, you can see the footprints of the leopard during the trek, but there are no reports of any harm to the tourists from those animals. The climb is not difficult and the peak is not suitable for night camping and no one is allowed to do so.
The last few meters to reach the top of the hill, you have to be careful as you have to go up the slope on both sides as well as on a steep cliff and on a clear day without fog you can reach the top safely.
After reaching the top of the Kirigalpotta mountain, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the forest systems surrounded by clouds as well as the beauty of the heart of the Central Highlands as well as the many streams that feed our country. This biodiversity that you provide also gives you the opportunity to experience the comfort of those streams as you travel through the warmer zone.