Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ethagala (ඇතාගල) (the Elephant Rock)





Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

View from Ethagala

View of Kurunegala Town from Ethagala

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Cloud setting of Kurunegala in the Day

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Ethagala Buddha Statue

Mountains around etha gala

From the Telecom Tower top of the Ethagala

View of Kurunegala Town

Ethagala Buddha Statue from distance 




Ethagala Buddha Statue



Kurunegala (Sinhala: කුරුණෑගල, Tamil: குருனகல்) is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of the North Western Province, Sri Lanka, and the Kurunegala District. Kurunegala was also an ancient royal capital for 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the start of the 13th century.[clarification needed] The city is a major commercial and a transportation hub in Sri Lanka. Kurunegala is located at the junction of several main roads linking to other important parts of the country. It is situated about 94 km from Colombo, and 42 km from Kandy.
Located at an altitude of 116 meters above sea level, Kurunegala is surrounded by coconut plantations and rubber estates. There are eight very noticeable large rocks that encircle and dominate the city. Kurunegala's rocks rise from the plain below and have characteristic names, six of which come from the animals that they are imagined to represent. The largest among them is Ethagala or the "Elephant Rock" (though the translation is actually Tusker), reaches 325 meters. The shape of Ethagala resembles an Elephant.






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