Pidurutalagala

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Pidurutalagala
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Pidurutalagala, or Mount Pedro in English, is an ultra prominent peak, and the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, at 2,524 m. Mount Pedro is located close to the city of Nuwara Eliya, and is easily visible from most areas of the Central Province.Driving directions to Pidurutalagala Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka 1. Head west on Peradeniya-Badulla-Chenkaladi Highway/A5 Continue to follow A5 Pass by The Governor's Chalets (on the right in 750 m) 1.6 Km 2. Slight right onto B331 Pass by Nuwara Eliya Club (on the right) 900 m 3. Slight right onto Church Rd 800 m 4. Sharp right onto Old Uda Pussellawa Rd 46 m 5. Take the 1st left toward Gamunu Mawatha 550 m 6. Keep left to continue on Gamunu Mawatha Pass by Megistrate's Quarters (on the right) 550 m 7. Turn right toward Piduruthalagala Mountain Rd 170 m 8. Continue onto Piduruthalagala Mountain Rd 450 m 9. Slight left toward Piduruthalagala Mountain Rd 300 m 10. Continue onto Piduruthalagala Mountain Rd Destination will be on the right 5.0 Km Pidurutalagala
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A Bag Full Of Travel
Germany6 contributions
Visit with prior approval from Ministry of Defence
Oct 2020 • Couples
Did you know that the tallest mountain, Piduruthalagala, was named after the mountain took a pale yellow color during summer giving it a Straw (Piduru) like appearance? This 8281 f t mountain was later known as Mount Pedro by the British as it was hard to pronounce. The mountain is closed for the general public as it is designated as a high security zone by the Sri Lankan army. However, it is possible to visit with a prior approval from the ministry of Defence. Hiking or getting off the vehicle until you reach the top is strictly prohibited due to leopard encounters.
Written November 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SAR28
Colombo, Sri Lanka92 contributions
Amazing but get approval before you travel
Feb 2020 • Family
Well worth a visit as it’s a short (20-30 mins), scenic drive from the N’Eliya town through a forest to the highest point in the country. We got to the peak around 11:30/12 noon - while I loved the view above the clouds we were told on a clear day the views are amazing. I’d recommend getting there early / around 8 am when the gates open. Do keep in mind that you now need to get Ministry if Defence approval to go up. It’s an easy process but do give them at least a 2 day lead time. Well worth it though.
Written February 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

My Tropical Journal
Colombo, Sri Lanka120 contributions
Highest Point of Sri Lanka
Nov 2019
Piduruthalagla (Mount Pedro / Straw Plateau Rock) is the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka (Height is 8281 ft / 2524m). Overwhelmed by this rare chance as the place is designated as an “ultra-high security zone” and operated by Sri Lanka Army; which means you need have a valid permission to access.

Thus, make sure to follow their guidelines and not to share photographs on social media, in case if you are lucky enough to visit. Who knows, your behavior might contribute to get this open for general public in future.

A four wheeler can go up to the top and surrounding is nothing but a thick forest cover. So, make sure not to get down from the vehicle in the mid of your journey. If you happen to spot a Sri Lankan leopard, it will make the trip more exciting. However, it’s one of the rarest sight. (We didn’t see)

Unfortunately, it was too misty and couldn’t have a clear view from the top. However, abled to get a glimpse of Sanda Thenna (Moon plains) , Mahaeliya Thenna (Horton plains) and Shanthi pura (highest village in Sri Lanka). According to the army personals, many mountains including Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) is visible on a clear day.

Army statue was there to mark the first LTTE attack to this place in 10th November 1984. Another interesting thing was the post box to send messages to your loved ones from the highest point of the country. There is a small Buddhist temple as well.

Make sure to grab some Sri Lankan pol roti, Nestomalt, coffee and plain tea from the small cafe run by SL Army. It was a yummy snack.

Overall a memorable experience. May be once in a lifetime one. :)
Written November 19, 2019
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Channa G
Colombo, Sri Lanka52 contributions
Highest Mountain
Sep 2019
Piduruthalagala is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka being over 8000 feet. You are literally in the clouds and weather changes from moment to moment. The mountain top gives you a panoramic view of the rest of the mountains.
It is motor-able almost up-to the viewing point, and there is plenty of wild life. Depending on how lucky you are, you may spot and shoot aLeopard with your camera. At no point get off your vehicle until you reach the top.
The surrounding mountains ranges are closely associated with the “Ramayana” of Hindu Mythology. One wonders whether it is myth or fact.
One mountain is considered to be where “Ravana” was interred/buried, and yet another is referred to as the airport used by him for his flying machine.
It should be quite fascinating to anyone interested Indian/Hindu Mythology; or is it fact?
Be aware that certain areas are restricted due to security reasons.
Written September 18, 2019
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S Jay
22 contributions
Fantastic experience!
Jul 2019 • Friends
You can drive all the way up to the peak by car. It is not a difficult drive and the whole journey back and forth will take around one hour. The experience is well worth the effort. One must buy a ticket for the vehicle (approx. Rs.250/=). No tickets are issued for individuals.

Do remember to carry your ID/passport to gain access to the reserve to go to the top.
Also, you have to hand over all alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and lighters that are in your possession at this entrance. You can collect them on your way back.

The view from the top is amazing.
Do not forget to enjoy some warm coconut roti and some ginger tea at the small tuck shop run by the Army at the summit.
Written July 28, 2019
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Madushani De Silva
Milan, Italy497 contributions
Highest point !
Jul 2019
Had a great time with family and friends. It’s always great to visit this place on the sunny and clear day, certain things are not clear when it’s covered and surrounded by the cloudy mist. Highly appreciate the SL Army over there, very helpful & friendly. A very big thanks to the SL Armies at the Piduruthalagala !
Written July 19, 2019
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T_Senaratne
Colombo, Sri Lanka269 contributions
Summit of Sri Lanka
Jul 2019 • Family
It is allowed to drive up to the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, at a height of about 2,524 m. This is also called Mount Pedro.
There are several radar towers and also communication towers. Closing time is 4.00 p.m.
Written July 18, 2019
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Kanchana A
Maharagama, Sri Lanka6 contributions
Highest Point in of Sri Lanka
Mar 2019 • Family
If you pass Nuwara Eliya, don’t forget to visit this place. You can drive up to the top and there are enough parking facilities.
It’s a joyful ride through the mist in the morning.
Unfortunately, they don’t allow visitors since April 2019 due to recent security issues
Nevertheless, I hope they’ll reopen it after few months.
Written July 7, 2019
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Advisor_Mio
Bangkok, Thailand413 contributions
Not worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Family
Mt.Pedro (or Pidurutalagala) is the highest peak of Sri Lanka. Accessible by car. Foreigners have to present passports, as it is a high security military base. Opened 8am-4pm. Access fee 200 LKR per car. Quite poor view. Not worth a visit in my opinion.
Written April 16, 2019
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Yohan P
Negombo, Sri Lanka255 contributions
The tallest peak of srilanka
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visited with my wife while on vacation to Nuwaraeliya
It's only 10 mins drive to the entrance from the Nuwaraeliya city.
After a security check by the army and buying tickets,it's 6km or 30 min drive to the top.
Good view from the top.
A few army and air Force bases in the top. 360 panoramic view.
Enjoyed my trip to the top of the mountain.
Written April 13, 2019
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