Update 8 July 2007:
- The Google Earth location files for the sites in this post are available for download.
- The Sunday Times has an interesting feature article about the mountain.
After publishing this post, I came across a lankalibrary forum post that has some Google Earth like images which seems to suggest I might have the location right.
The Media Centre for National Security also has an image of the mountain.
Sunday Times has an article with a maps showing major roads and the general direction of the current offensive.
The old post:
Its been on the news a lot but rarely in a big picture. Its a strange place not clearly marked on any maps I could find on line. My main source was this United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs PDF file. Found a similar location in a PDF on Google (view in HTML).
This image below cranked out via google earth of course.
Thoppigala mountain (possibly)
Not sure if I’m exactly on target. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Its a mess to put Google Earth .kmz files on WordPress.com (you actually can’t) and I’m tired of juggling multiple user names to get a google Earth account. (I don’t trust those digital key chains btw). If you want to get there the Co-ordinates I have are:
If you don’t want to deal with Google Earth here’s the Wikimapia location.
A strange compound in the Thoppigala area.
It had a Wikimapia comment but not any more. No idea what the hell it is. Check it out yourself
Looking towards Thoppigala from Polonnaruwa (From an altitude of 1.4km) :
Another “big picture” view of the Thoppigala area facing the the South West:
Note: all these images are based on 2005ish satellite images.
Other geoblog posts are in the geoblog archive.