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Namunukula, as seen from Collen Estate in Badulla.
Highest point
Elevation2,036 m (6,680 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates6°55′59″N 81°6′49″E / 6.93306°N 81.11361°E / 6.93306; 81.11361Coordinates: 6°55′59″N 81°6′49″E / 6.93306°N 81.11361°E / 6.93306; 81.11361
Namunukula is located in Sri Lanka

Namunukula, literally "Nine Peaks" in Sinhala language, is the name of a mountain range in Sri Lanka's province of Uva. Its main peak is 2,036 metres (6,679.8 ft) high.[1] The nearby town is also sometimes called Namunukula Town.[2]

During the Ming treasure voyages of the 15th century, the Chinese fleet led by Admiral Zheng He made use of this geographical feature in their navigation to Sri Lanka, as the mountain is the first visible landmark of Sri Lanka after departing from Sumatra.[3]

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  1. ^ "A Cluster Of Nine Peaks: Namunukula". February 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. ^ Falling Rain
  3. ^ Dreyer, Edward L. (2007). Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405–1433. New York: Pearson Longman. p. 69. ISBN 9780321084439.