06 February 2011

Steps


This picture of paddy fields were captured from the top of Alagalla.

Click the picture to see terraced paddy fields.

More interesting photos, taken during the climb are stored here.

To see more scenic images, explore this wonderful site - Scenic Sunday.

31 comments:

silent moments said...

thata a lovely bird's eye view !

Chavie said...

Love the picture, K! :) And Happy Belated Blogoversary! Totally forgot! :(

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---fabulous pictures. I hope everyone will look at all of the pictures. They are awesome... What a steep climb, but what a great view... Wooooooo.
Betsy

Anjana said...

Lovely! Nice view from up there!

George said...

You certainly had quite a climb! But his picture and your picture of the misty evening made it all worthwhile. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us.

Amila Kanchana said...

The හෙල්මලු type paddy fields are uniquely beautiful, aren't they? Great capture!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Silent Moments,
Yep, a perfect bird’s eye view. :D

Chavie,
Thanks bro..No worries. Even I also forgot my blogoversary :)

Betsy,
Yes, it was quite a climb, and when looking at those pictures I really feel happy that I did it..

Anjana,
Thanks a lot mate :)

George,
You are most welcome. Glad you like all the photos in my Picasa

Amila,
Yes, I am still to capture a good view of them from a close proximity. Must do it when I travel next to hill country.
Thanks a lot for everyone for your comments.

cocco said...

makes me want to fly!

rainfield61 said...

We are so small from the view.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Cocco,
Yep I too got the same feeling up there..

Rainfield,
Yep, agree :D

Frieda said...

That's a lovely view.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks Frieda!

Linnea said...

What a lot of terraces! It's not only pretty but also productive! Thanks for visiting my desert scene along route 60, which is just the name of the highway southeast of Phoenix. Enjoy the week.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Linnea,
Thanks for that info. Yes this is the only way they can grow anything in the hill country.

Magerata said...

Marvelous! Reminds me of topographical maps I am working with some high school students.
I have a question though. From experience with the paddy fields in Sacramento and Texas, they need a lot of water. How do these fields get water? just wondering.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Magerata,
Each little step like paddy field has a 'niyara' (a small earth bund which also acts as a footpath) all around its perimeter so the field acts as a ponding area. Whenever they want to release water they will break the niyara and let the water go to the next field or the stream/creek nearby.
In addition these areas gets good amount of rain throughout the year so water is not a big issue.

Magerata said...

Thanks a lot KP, Yes I did experience the rain in hill country!

betchai said...

it's always beautiful and inspiring to share the bird's eye view.

Nicole said...

What a scenery!
I can only imagine how high up you have been for such a view!
Lovely to see the paddy fields like that!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Magerata,
Yep it is still raining over there..

Betchai,
Yep, sometimes I wonder how lucky the bird's are..

Nicole,
we were standing more than 3000feet above sea level at the top and this picture was taken some where in the mid way up to the top.

Thanks all for your comments.

London Caller said...

Lovely vista.
Green and lush!

monsoon dreams said...

The view from the top is scary!Cave snaps r superb!!

Kirigalpoththa said...

London Caller,
Thanks very much for your visit and comments :)

Monsoon Dreams,
Yep, it is one of the mountains with tallest ascend in Sri Lanka. Thanks for your comments.

John S. Mead said...

Thanks for a great post! As someone who lives in Texas and has yet to visit Sri Lanka an I am enjoying being able to get a small taste of your beautiful country from some of you and some other talented Sri Lankan bloggers.

Thanks for opening up a new world to me!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi John,
Yes, Sri Lankan blogosphere is growing everyday with some of them adding very good content.
If you ever decided to visit here just give me an advanced notice so I can help you on some good tips :)
Thanks for your visit and comments.

Joyful said...

Very interesting photo. Looks like there are many, many rice paddies there.

Walk in New York said...

waaouh un superbe paysage, cette vue d'en haut est magnifique

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Koh-I-Noor said...

Wow! That is really amazing. You live i very beautiful place :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Joyful / Walk in New York / Koh-I-Noor,
Thanks very much for your comments :)

Amaris in Wonderland said...

Wow! Just finished viewing the set of pics. What an amazing climb...
LOVE the cave pics!
Great captures, K!
btw: How long did it take you to reach the top?
Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Amaris,
It took about 4-5 hours to get to the top. but descending took half of that time. Thanks a lot for your comments as always :D