|Copyright Notice: Please obtain permission from the author before duplicating, re-publishing or adapting content of a trip report|
|Be a responsible traveler! Watch this video before you hit the road! Download Video: MP4|3gp|
|Do you like to contribute a Trip Report? learn how to or download template and start straight away!|
Yakdessagala (430m) climbing……
|Year and Month||2015 August 29th|
|Number of Days||One day|
|Crew||03- Chathuranga, Nadeesha and my self|
|Transport||Train and Climbing|
|Activities||Mountain climbing, sightseeing and photography|
|Route||Colombo-> Kurunegala->Kurunegala-Wariyapola Road-> Gonagama Junction-> Turn to Gonagama (ගෝනගම) road->Sanwali (සoවැලි) RMW->Yakdessagala (යක්දෙස්සාගල)->Back in same route to Colombo|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
|Related Resources||කුවේණි විජයට දෙස් තැබූ යක්දෙස්සා ගල (Yakdessagala 540m)|
|Comments||Discuss this trip report, provide feedback or make suggestions at Lakdasun Forum on the thread|
Yakdessagala is a mountain situated at Kurunegala district closer to Kurunegala town. This peak is a part of the range which connects with Athugala (ඇතුගල) and Andagala (ආදාගල). It is said Kuweni (කුවේණි) cursed king Wijaya (විජය) from Yakdessagala and leaped from here. As Kuweni belonged to Yaksha (යක්ෂ), this peak is called Yakdessagala.
(Lathonigala at Anamaduwa is believed as another place where Kuweni cursed king Wijaya. Don’t know where is the exact place she did this)
I was waiting to climb Yakdessagala for a long time. Yakdessagala was noticed by me several times when I pass Kurunegala town on my way to Colombo from Polonnaruwa. Ashan’s visit and report encouraged me to climb there.
I fixed poya day for this one day climb and Nadeesha and Chathuranga joined with me. Chathuranga and myself reached Kurunegala station by crowded Yaldewi train from Colombo around 8 am. Nadeesha has picked us from there and then we had our breakfast.
We drove along Kurunegala-Wariyapola road and passed Haragama Lake. Then we got right hand turn at Gonagama junction. Our destination was Sanwali RMW which is situated after 5 km post of this road. On our way we have noticed Yakdessagala peak.
The foot pathway begins just in front of the temple. There was a small pond at the entrance. Soon after it entered to the forest and up to last bit of climbing foot pathway was always under the tree canopy. Most of the time it was a continuous ascend. I was searching for tree marks to follow the correct pathway.
On top of Yakdessagala peak, we could view Dolukanda, Rambadagalla/Bisogala (highest peak of Kurunegala district), Athugala, Andagala range, Handurukanda, Nathagane and Wellagala. Second line of peaks was, Galgiriya Kanda, Mana Kanda, Ritigala, peaks around Matale and Dambulla, Knuckles and Alagalla.
We have spent about 2 hours to reach the peak and within an hour we returned back.
Thank you for reading