Bathalegala or the Bible rock is the isolated rock which is similar to Sigiriya in shape which you can see very clearly from the Kadugannawa pass. It is about 800 meters in height and is a very popular destination for hikers. I also see it as a good place to begin hiking as it offers a great view with a less effort in hiking. (specially if you can arrange a vehicle to go all the way up to the trail head.)
But we (7 males of 21 years of age), who always take the hard way, gathered at about 6 a.m. to Kandy and took a bus to Mawanella in a sunny day of July 2017. Then you have two options depending on your timing; first is to take a Debathgama bus (which is going only in once a while.) so that you can get down from Hathgampla and walk the 2.5 km to reach the trail head or to take an Aranayaka bus and get down from Gewilipitiya and walk another two extra kilometers to reach Hathgampala. Guess what, we went on with the second option.
So it was a total of about 4 and a half kilometers walk for us to reach the trail head in which the first two kilometer (until reaching Hathgampala) is a totally flat road and the latter two and a half is a continuous ascend of about 300 meters in altitude.
The last part of the hike is to climb the main rock body, which has made so damn easy by concrete steps and stone stairs. The summit is flat and has two view points at the southern end and the northern end. (Actually, those are south-eastern and north-western ends…) Southern end has a little shrine and a boo tree along with an “aawaasayak”. But no one was there by the time we reached there.
The southern end offered a good view of the Aranayaka kanda, where that massive landslide occurred, the plains towards the Dadigama side, the Asupini ella along with the Dolosbage range (Kabaragala) in the backdrop and Ambuluwawa peak while the northern view point offered Hanthana range, Balungala, Alagalla, Uthuwan kanda while u can observe the Ura kanda and Devanagala rock as well.
We spent about an hour on the top in both the view points and had our lunch at the top as well. Then we got down on the same route with a little hope to explore Asupini ella as well. But the villagers said the time is not sufficient to fulfill our quest within the day as we are going to use public transportation.
So we postponed chasing the waterfall and returned homes safely with the joy of completing another hike…