Manigala is a famous hiking area in Matale. It is situated in the Knuckles mountain range. This is named to be the hiker’s heaven as it is a thrilling place to hike as well as many hikers find this place to be mesmerizing to hike.
Manigala is a unique and scenic village with the most breathtaking views. In the past villagers use to guess the time by looking at the mountain’s shadow. Manigala also has another name which is “Ravanathenna”. This name came into existence as there is age-old folklore where people used to believe that King Ravana landed his flight named “Dandumonara” on top of Manigala about 7500 years ago. Thus Manigala is also named the “Ravanathenna”.
Hiking in the area
The best time to hike in Manigala is in the morning. You will be able to see amazing sights of paddy fields and cultivation fields. Anyone can hike here and it is suitable for an average hiker as it is not very steep.
You will also be able to see splendid views of Atanwala, Pitawala Pathana, Thelgamu Valley, Riverston, and beautiful waterfalls including Wedda Peni Ella and Duwili Ella.
How to reach your destination
Take the McCallum road then go on the Colombo-Katunayake expressway and exit from the Outer Circular. Turn right onto Colombo-Kandy road. Turn right onto Link Road and turn left onto Dambulla – Bakamuna Road and turn right onto Naula-Elahera Road. Turn left to stay on Matale – Illukkumbura- Giradurukotte Road and then you have to just drive to your destination.
Go on Kandy Road and turn right onto Matale – Illukkumbura Road. Continue on Matale – Illukkumbura Road and drive to your destination.