This Kukulagala climb is another lovely place that Mother Nature endowed to Sri Lanka. Kukulagala peak is 1531 meters high and is considered as the border between Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. It is located near the town of Rikillagaskada. Proudly over the Wilpassa Lake, this mountain range creates a unique ecosystem. A large animal community lives around this ecosystem. Also, a large pine plantation covers the mountain, but other large plants can be seen here and there. The villagers believe that it is called Kukulagala because a rooster came and crowed.
There are three main roads to Rikillagaskada town.
- The first route is to take the Badulla, Randenigala, and Adhikarigama roads, turn left at the Kondatenna junction and reach Wilpassa village. The villagers of Wilpassa are very friendly and nice people. Then you have to go up along the footpaths that fall in the middle of the pine forest. The path that runs through the middle of this Phineas jungle is a slippery slope with a steep climb and a somewhat difficult path with rocky escapes. Although this area is dry in nature, there is no shortage of leeches. On the way, you will first meet the Kukulagala hilltop.
- You can travel through Nuwara Eliya, Walapane, and Padiyapella.
- You can travel through Hanguranketha, Kandy.
The view from the top of the mountain is a sight to behold and the hardships of the journey can be forgotten. On one side are the reservoirs, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. This triangular shape mountain was popular among surveyors as a measuring point. British surveyor called C. Erskine has been there in 1910 and his engraved letters can be found at top of Diyathalawa Mountain. Other than Erskine, some other surveyors also have visited there.