30 April 2010
Samanala Kanda (Butterfly Mountain) is another name for Sri Pada. There is a belief that butterflies go to the mountain to pay respect. Actually you find lot of butterflies in Peak Wilderness Area.
I did not see any butterflies at the top of the mountain but I saw hundreds of these peculiar moths. They were flying in numbers towards the mountain top and were resting at the top. In fact it looks like they have made their last journey there, as the fatigue of flying that altitude has made them extremely weary. I saw many of them fallen dead at the top of the mountain.
This particular moth, picked by one of us from the floor was a lucky one, as otherwise he would have definitely squashed by one of the passer-by. Doesn’t he look like a rhinoceros?