Ambuluwawa

FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Ambuluwawa

Located in the middle of the Gampola Kingdom, Ambuluwawa is a rock mountain discovered in the 14th century by the Sinhala King Buvanekabahu IV.
However it wasn’t put in to any use. Ambuluwawa is about 365 feet above sea level and 1965 feet from the level of Gampola town. It is famous for its bio diverse composition with about 200 different kinds of plants from 80 plant families. The soil is red and of the latezoic type, while a number of medicinal plants are also grown here, namely Iramusu, Muva Kiriya, and Nawa Handi.
The entire place is richly diverse and variegated, comprising of ever green forests, blossomed flower plants as well creepers. They are said to be a principal reason behind the cool mountain air. Ambuluwawa is surrounded by other mountains such as Pidurutalagala on the Eastern side, Bathalagela (Bible Rock) on the West, Sri Pada (Adams Peak) to the South, and the Knackles range in the North. Ambuluwala is the only Sri Lankan mountain peak surrounded by other mountains adding exquisite beauty to the scenery.  
Recent development by Sri Lankan minister D.M. Jayaratne, has turned Ambuluwawa in to a reserve for folk museum. There are three tanks on top which have been built to supply water till the bottom of the hill. The Stone Park here also displays various kinds of stones available in this mountain, in order to show the significance of stone as an environmental element.
The Ambuluwawa summit has lovely scenic qualities, with beautiful entrances, water and stone parks, as well twin ponds. Plantations and orchards also promote the furthering of agricultural economy. Deer are also seen on the top of the mountain, while the precipice filled roads are often considered an important element in providing the tourists with a travel thrill. 

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