The Giants of Ritigala #1
At 766m, Ritigala Mountain is the highest point in northern Sri Lanka, rising 600m above the surrounding plains. The ridge it is part of runs north-south through the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve, a 15,294 square-kilometre area into which entry is forbidden without special permission. Unlike the surrounding Dry Zone plains, Ritigala Mountain is cloaked in rainforest, and the resulting climate includes the highest rainfall in northern Sri Lanka. Gigantic trees dot the slopes of the mountain, ancient beings, twisted into fantastic shapes that might well have given birth to the legend that Ritigala is protected by Yakkas, the superhuman guardian spirits of Lankan myth. January 2018.