Pitawala 'Pathana/Plain' is the unique grassland found in the Knuckles Conservation Forest, Sri Lanka. This plain has a great ecological value. Pitawala Pathana is situated close to the Riverstone and edge of Knuckles Mountain Reservation which is on the way of Matale - Illukkumbura road. It is about 5km away from the “Nature Riverstone River Cottage''.
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The area is covered by mist most of the time. Most of you go to Reverstone and return without going to Pitawala Pathana which is just 5kms from Riverstone Mountain. But this site will take your breath once you visit. The area is really eye-catching and does not miss to visit the breathtaking Mini World's End. In Pitawala Pathana a grass cover spreads over an area of about 10 ha of a gently sloping rock slab covered with just a thin soil layer. The turfgrass of about 10 cm in height gives a velvety appearance to this sloping expanse of grassland. Isolated and scattered trees and shrubs could be seen around. The Petawawa Pathana ends in a sheer drop. It is certainly nerve-wracking to glimpse into the depths, hundreds of meters below, yet a visit to the plains will not be complete without you having taken in the beauty of the valley below from that vantage. The landscape somewhat resembles that of Horton Plains and as does its precipice to Mini world’s end.
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Pitawala Pathana is also connected to the Ramayana trail. In the historic era at the time of King Ravana, it is said that many activities have taken place in this location. According to the legend, king Ravana has used Pitawala Pathana for a runaway to his airplane called " DANDUMONARAYA ". It is also believed that Kind Ravana has had his laboratory in this area. Meemure and Riverson which are part of the Ramayana trail are also located near to this site.
Therefore, if you are interested in legend Ravana this site will be ideal for you to travel to.
Please make sure to avoid plastic and polythene on this amazing site and leave your footprints only. Together we can protect the environment!