The highest mountain and the forest reserve with the top most elevation is simply what Pidurutalagala is. Nuwara Eliya being a mountain valley with a number of waterfalls starting from its peak – Pidurutalagala is considered the grandfather of them all. The mountain is 8292 feet above the sea level.
During the 1800s a path was made to climb the mountain which was four mile track which would take only two and half hours to reach the peak or even sooner on horseback. Ladies of that time were taken on a chair which was tied to two Bamboo poles and carried by four bearers – especially the royals, which is called the ‘Dolaawa’. The British called the mountain ‘Pedro’ as pronouncing Pidurutalagala was not easy for them. Pidurutalagala means – Straw Laid Rock.
Many mountain peaks in the world has a rocky surface, but Pidurutalagala is flattened with pale green Patna and during the dry season these grass looks like some straw laid on a surface. Earlier in 1940s it was said that a Toposcope with the important locations marked in the line of sight such as Colombo, Adam’s Peak, Horton Plains and Dondra and if the mist is not around one can clearly see places like Yala, Hambantota, Bintenna, Namunukula, Sorabora Wewa and the Bay of Trincomalee.