Kirigalpoththa Mountain from Google Earth


Kirigalpoththa is Sri Lanka’s second highest mountain. I learnt that from Sri Lankan hiking blog with the same name that I introduced a while back. Along with giving boots on the trail accounts of hiking in Sri Lanka Kirigalpoththa the blogger tends to put up photos of some stunning places in Sri Lanka that awe less fortunate desk bound serfs Cerno. Understandably after a hard day on the trail he can’t be expected to mark all these places on Google Earth.

So I thought I’ll try my hand at it since I’ve done this sort of thing before. To start with here’s a screen grab of Kirigalpoththa mountain from Google Earth.

Google Earth screen grab Kirigalpoththa mountain Sri Lanka
Kirigalpoththa mountain Sri Lanka from Google Earth

It doesn’t have a lot of high resolution detail. However, the Google Earth location file (.kmz) I found also includes a details of the trail to climb Kirigalpoththa mountain. The last update date on http://www.lakdasun.com (where I got the file) is listed as February 2, 2009 so I’m not sure how current those details are. I’ll leave it to Kirigalpoththa to clarify.

Have a good weekend. May you have the fortune to go to places like these and come back safe and happy to tell use about it.

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12 thoughts on “Kirigalpoththa Mountain from Google Earth

  1. Cerno, Suddenly, I remembered that, I have not done a single post on Kirigalpoththa Trail! :O

    Now, I can use your post as a starting point. Thanks a lot for that 😀

    Lakdasun route details are valid even now. Some of the waypoint details are spot on. (few e.g. waypoints: K8, k10, K13, K28 etc). I can guarantee few more routes mentioned by them as well, which I have tried myself..but I cannot say anything about GPS coordinates as I have never used a GPS in my hiking 🙂

    I find GPS is too much for Sri Lankan hiking as the distances are not that great, beside you lose the excitement of getting lost..ha..ha… but I might use a GPS if I ever get a chance to do PCT!

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    1. Not done a single post on Kirigalpoththa Trail! Now that is shocking 🙂 Of course you’ve done a great job of keeping us enthralled so I think you are off the hook 😉 But nice to know that some humble keyboard pecks have given you an idea 🙂

      That getting lost story of yours gave me the shivers!

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  2. Nice map/graphic Cerno… Hope to see more trails that Kirigalpoththa has climbed, including the Sri Pada trail! 😀

    Btw Cerno, the strangest thing happened… this post didn’t show up in my blogroll, or any of the blogger.com blogrolls for that matter… 😕

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    1. Thank you 🙂 – its just a screen grab off Google Earth. All the hard work of marking the routes have been done by http://www.lakdasun.com

      Muchos gracias for the heads up on the RSS problem. I noticed it on other blogs too. No idea why that’s happening. Could be a wordpress.com thing.

      Usually these things sort themselves out (fingers crossed).

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  3. I too noticed what Chavie pointed out..that must have been a minor glitch during the time you posted it.

    Any idea when Google going to improve resolution in some of the areas in Sri Lanka, including Kirigalpoththa area?

    Thanks for this post again! BTW, I linked this post from my blog.. 🙂

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  4. Thank you Cerno, my first visit to your blog (Came via Kirigalpoththa 🙂 . I sure do hope Google will update the sat images of Sri Lanka. (They do exist).
    Thank you for the fine blog, and I just began to read!

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  5. kiri: Seems the glitch has now fixed itself I think 🙂 Thank you for the link back! been getting some hits already 😀

    As for when Google will put out high rez images of that areas is anyone’s guess. Personally I won’t hold my breath. Even images of populated parts like Colombo have not been updated since 2006-2008…

    magerata:Welcome! Glad you find this blog a decent read 🙂

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  6. Thanks Cerno 🙂

    Thulla,
    As per the Wild life Dept guidelines you are not allowed to camp in Kirigalpoththa. But you can camp in designated areas in Horton Plains. There are 3 camp sites which can be reserved from Dept. of WildLife Conservation. They are numbered 1-3. Asked for the site near Chimney Pool. For me that is the best!

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  7. Hi very good, but need more details and landmarks, please update it, I am naturalist organizing nature oriented expeditions, including camping and trekking, I am native of Nuwara Eliya, if you need any Information about central mountain massif, please feel free to write me. Lal

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