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Bathalegala

To a traveller proceeding from Colombo to Kandy, this magnifi cent rock stands as a colossus dwarfing the surrounding landscape. Bathalegala Kanda rising to a height of more than 1688 feet is surrounded by its satellites such as Devanagala Kanda hallowed by the visit of the legendary God AlutnuwaraDeviyo in the north east, Kaithankadagala and Urakanda hillocks and Montane Kanda, Wakirigala Kanda and Uthuwankanda from the north. Image Nature has gifted Bathalegala Kanda with the panorama of cascading water-falls, luxuriant meadows and intriguing scenery. Bathalegala is directly under the World Magnetic Field Line and lightning has special attraction towards it. People say when there is lightning at least two or three will strike Bathalegala. It has a cave on the summit and once "Loku Hamuduruwo" was a victim of a lightning strike but fortunately survived. There is a small Stupa and some caves for the monks on top of the rock. Though we see Bathalegala as a single rock but it is not. The particles of the rock changed eventually because of the magnetic fi eld and the shape of the rock changes, but the stability of the rock will change when the time goes by." There's a rock named "Idiri Gala” which is apart from Bathalegala now. People say that 50 years ago one could jump to that rock from Bathalegala.

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