In the Kurunegala District, about 20 kilometers distant from the city of Kurunegala, is the mountain Dolukanda, which rises approximately 600 meters vertically from the low plains. In terms of geometry, it is around 2 kilometers in length and 0.5 kilometers in width, with a forest reserve on top of it. The mountain’s significance extends beyond its natural, historical, archeological, and religious value, as evidenced by the following:
According to folklore, the origins of Dolukanda can be traced back to the Rama-Rawana Legendary Battle. At some point during the fight between Ravana and Lord Rama, both Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman were struck by tremendous arrows and rendered unconscious. Lord Hanuman was tasked with bringing them life-saving plants from the Himalayas in order to save their lives. His inability to identify the vital herbs resulted in him replanting part of the hill in Sri Lanka, which he had previously brought back from India. During the time he was transporting it, it is said that certain pieces of the hill had fallen on five locations in Sri Lanka, which are thought to be the towns of Dolukanda in the south, Rumasala in the north, Thalladi in Mannar, Ritigala in the east, and Kachchativu in the west. The summit of Dolukanda, on the other hand, is referred to as a herbal paradise because a variety of plant kinds with therapeutic potential can be discovered there.

The origins of Dolukanda can be traced back to the Rama-Rawana Legendary Battle. The summit is referred to as a herbal paradise because of a variety of plant kinds with therapeutic potential.

Apart from that, the mountain has gained some notoriety because of the well-known Arankele Monastery, which is located at its base and is considered to be one of Sri Lanka’s premier forest hermitages. It is said to be a hermitage where Arahants resided, and it has been witnessed that famous Buddhist monk, Arahat Maliyadeva Thera, was accommodated there.
Due to the discovery of ruins on the summit of Dolukanda, which are believed to date back to the reign of King Walagamba, the mountain is also gaining historical significance.
On the summit of Dolukanda, there are a number of interesting spots to visit, including the following.

Ambalangala

Ambalangala is a relatively flat rock that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area. From this location, you can see the Hiripitiya area, Hadurukkanda, Yakdessagala, Kurunegala, and Athugala in the distance.

Kalugala

Kalugala is a rocky outcrop with a view of the Daduru Oya reservoir and the Yakdessagala mountain range in the distance.

RakshaMuna

Raksha Muna is a place where a rock surface is perceived to be the face of the Devil.

HulangKapolla  & a Cave

The cave in Hulang Kapolla can accommodate up to 5-6 people and is a great place to relax. A camping trip could make use of this. Getting into the cave is a little risky, but it can be done safely. This cave was utilized by both monks and laypeople as a place of mediation, and one side of the cave had a sheer drop of around 500 meters.

Weheragala

Weheragala provides a 180-degree panoramic view over the Ritigala, Arankele, Kibulwana reservoir, Dolukanda lake, Ambokka, and Mathale districts, as well as the surrounding surroundings.

Forest of Herbs

A variety of herbal plants might be discovered in the area.

Maligathenna

Maligathenna is a place where the ruins of an old palace may be found.
According to the locals, Maligathenna Castle is an ancient structure. There were numerous fallen and standing pillars covered with moss, as well as some rock walls, to be found in the area.

Ponds

There are other ponds to be discovered, with names such as “Kaludiya Pokuna” and “Wetakei Pokuna” being just a couple of examples.

The origins of Dolukanda can be traced back to the Rama-Rawana Legendary Battle. The summit is referred to as a herbal paradise because of a variety of plant kinds with therapeutic potential.

Dolukanda could be reached by the route mentioned below.

Colombo >Kurunegala>Ibbagamuwa>Madagalla road >Godagala>Arankale>Doluwa>Dolukanda

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