The Manigala Climb Road runs from the Knuckles Conservation Center to Illukkumbura through mountains, plains and parks. Climbers can start their journey from the beautiful Rathinda village and the trek through the village to the starting point will be priceless. The village of Rathinda is adjacent to real rural life with paddy fields, plantations and all the rural beauty. On some sunny days it is best to start the journey in the morning as the environment is quite warm by noon. If you do not know the route, it is advisable to go with a guide, who can easily find a villager as your guide.
Thelgamu Valley, Atanwala Village, Pitawala Pathana, Riverston, Thunhisgala, Duvili Ella and Vedda Peni Ella are some of the scenic spots that tourists are lucky enough to see. It is a moderate increase with a clear path with steps in many places.
Once you reach the top of Manigala Hill, you will not take your eyes off the stunning view. The plains of Manigala are like a natural platform created by nature to view the gigantic views of the mountains. The wonder of nature is at its peak, and this area is home to a variety of butterflies.
The Riverstone Tower and the entire Knuckles area can be viewed from the two viewing hills. On a clear day the waterfall can be seen from a distance. The villagers go to the village regularly with their herds. It’s really amazing to see how the cows get to the village, but it’s very normal for the villagers.
The village of Rathinda has campgrounds, rest houses and the surrounding area. Choose a location where strong winds do not interfere with your tent life.
History of Manigala
The villagers of Manigala used the shadow of the mountain to determine the time of day. King Ravana’s flight (Dandumonaraya) landed on this mountain 7500 years ago and the place is also known as ‘Ravanathenna’. The damaged part of the square is believed to be the entrance to the palace of King Ravana. There is another belief that this is a place where universal power is concentrated.