Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, Nuwara Eliya

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Pidurutalagala, or Mount Pedro in English, is an ultra prominent peak, and the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, at 2524m. Mount Pedro is located close to the city of Nuwara Eliya, and is easily visible from most areas of the Central Province. It is situated North-North-East from the town of Nuwara Eliya.
Its summit is home to the central communications array of the Government of Sri Lanka and armed forces, and serves as an important point in the country's radar system. The peak is currently designated as an "Ultra-high security zone", and is protected by a large military base; being strictly off limits to the general public.
On 1 March 2010, a small wildfire broke out over the mountain's forest cover. The fire destroyed 3acres of forest, before being doused by the Sri Lanka Air Force and nearly 300 local residents.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • You can reach the peak of the mountain by vehicle. Nice view from top of the hills. Limited access to surrounding since it is high secured area.
  • One finest place for nature lovers, a must visit.

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