Hike to Bathalegala #findyour adventure
By Shabna Cader
Views for days - That’s how I can best describe the scenery from the summit of Bathalegala, famously known as Bible Rock.
I’m no pro hiker but I have recently come to enjoy being outdoors, exploring new terrain, and challenging myself in different ways. I’ve come to believe that when an opportunity arises, I should seize it. That was the case with hiking to Bathalegala. The group was small, transportation was provided and it was just a day hike. I thought I could manage on one day of the weekend to get out of the city and be in nature.
We left Colombo around 7 a.m. in the morning, stopped for breakfast as usual, and then continued on our way along the Kandy Road and on towards Mawanella. The climb is just 500m but our van was unable to make its way along the road leading up to the starting point, so we actually began our hiking adventures well in advance. To say it was a challenge is an understatement as the road is steep at most parts, and seemed to go on for more than its numbered 2.2kms. I think it goes to show that when you are with a group of individuals, you make an experience out of even difficulties and somehow make it through.
I’ve always thought that reaching the summit is a worthy feat. Getting there may have its taxing moments, but it also takes plenty of patience, some self-confidence, deep breaths, and a good look at your surroundings to understand that every step is advantageous. We passed along abandoned little tea estates, home gardens that extended some acres and were filled with spices like chilli and pepper, and surprisingly also some coffee trees.
The air was cool although the sun was blazing upon us. Being at the summit was scorching but rewarding at the same time. There’s a deserted temple onto the right side of the rock and as you venture further along the path, even a rocky cave-like area with a tiny natural water hole.
I’d recommend taking along a couple of snacks and plenty of water on such a hike. Our group took an hour or so just to bask in the breeze and take in the view. Sometimes all it takes is being in nature and experiencing some quiet moments to yourself to appreciate life itself.
*The hike was organised by Jetwing Travels. Ayesh Waran was our tour guide*