Totupota (Thotupola) Kanda Travelogue (2359m) 3rd Highest Mountain in Sri Lanka

By : Dinesh Deckker

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Year & Month Number of Days Crew Weather Transport
July 2008 4 Day Trip 5 Misty / Raining / Extreme Wind Van
Trip Route
Colombo -> Awissawella -> Dehiowita -> Karawanella -> Kitulgala -> Ginigathhena -> Hatton -> Thalawakele -> Nanu-Oya -> Ambewela -> Pattipola -> Pattipola Entrance – Horton Plains National Park (approximately 200km)
Horton Plains Campsite
Travel Tips, Travel Notes and Special remarks
  • Be sure to take enough water as water is not available on the trail.
  • Wearing shorts is not recommended
  • Be ready for Cold and Extreme Wind Conditions.
  • Avoid taking Polythene. Leave only Footprints
  • Camp Site should be booked from Wild Life Department at least a week in advance
  • Leave only Foot prints

This travelogue is dedicated for my lovely wife Subhashini


We started the journey from Colombo. We used a Nissan Caravan as our transportation. First day we stayed at Havaeliya and next day morning we started the journey towards Horton Plains. You will need to purchase a ticket before entering Horton plains. Our main target was to cover most of Horton Plains within three days and First day we planned to treak to the top of Totupola kanda. When we arrived at Horton Plains it was cold and Misty.

Horton Plains Park Entrance
Misty Road

Vehicle we used for our Journey

We asked a wildlife officer where the Totupola Kanda is and he asked us couple of questions before giving the directions. Wildlife officers in Horton Plains are very concerned about the Nature and now they have completely stopped use of polythene inside Horton Plains. We should be thankful for the effort.

We saw the sign board directs to the Totupola Kanda trek, but most of the people comes to Horton Plains was unaware about Totupola Kanda. May be it is for Good…

If you are visiting totupola kanda for the first time keep in mind that these are virgin forests and vegetation and don’t try to spoil it by throwing garbage, polythene and etc…

Thotupola Kanda Sign Board…

Where is the Trail??

Totupola Kanda trek is fairly easy though it’s the 3rd Highest Mountain in Sri Lanka. But some places it harder to find the road as road not been cleared for months and very rarely people visit this beauty.

While trekking you will be able to experience the most unique beauty of Nature.

Beauty of the Nature
Thotupola Kandas Nature Trail

Trekking through the Forest

Some parts of the trek seems like you are in a Mystic World. It is so beautiful and a rewarding experience

Scary Isn’t It?
Are we there Yet?
Are we heading to the Mystic World?

Nade Gura

Though it is dense forest in some places we didn’t had any problem continuing the journey. Then we got the first glimpse of the peak, then only we realized that we have come almost all the way.

First Glimpse of the Summit
7440 feet – The Summit of
Totupola Kanda
Approaching the Summit
Me & My Crew on the Summit

Have a Safe Journey…..

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