Arangala is a popular hiking spot situated on the Kandy – Jaffna Highway in Naula. The mountain received its name ‘Arangala’ due to its shape resembling ‘arungal’, meaning earrings. This mountain is also popularly known as ‘Nalanda rock’ due to its location in close proximity to Nalanda village. Arangala has historical importance related to Weera Keppetipola and Gongale Goda Banda, who formed their troops at this mountain. There are three peaks in the Arangala, and the highest peak is about 750 meters high.
The mountain is 28 km away from Matale, and one can reach the destination by travelling via Kandy – Jaffna Highway and then passing Thotagamuwa until Naula.
A preserved dense forest covers the Arangala mountain surrounding, and the pathway runs through a dry zone. However, there could be strong winds/ breeze throughout hiking and on the summit, which could also cause severe dehydration.
The hike to Arangala mountain peak takes about 3 hours. At the southern side of the mountain, there is a constructed pagoda that visitors had damaged. The viewpoint from here gives clear views of Matale, Bowatenna reservoir, and Nalanda reservoir. Can observe a 360-degree view from another peak of Arangala. From the summit, you see the magical sceneries of Matale, Dambulla, Kandy, Wiltshire, Etipola, Brandy rock, Ambokka, the whole of Knuckles mountain range with Reverston peak, Karagahatenna mountain peak, Bowatenna reservoir, Nalanda reservoir, Dolukanda Mountain, Galgamuwa peaks, Galgiriyawa, Hakwetuna Oya, Ibbagamuwa, Wemedilla lake, and many more landmarks.
Photo Credits : Onal Karunaratne
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