Radio equipment at the summit of the mountain
|Elevation||2,524 m (8,281 ft)|
|Prominence||2,524 m (8,281 ft)|
|Listing||Country high point
Pidurutalagala (Sinhalese: පිදුරුතලාගල, pronounced [ˌpidurutaˈlaːɡələ], Straw Plateau Rock), or Mount Pedro in English, is an ultra prominent peak, and the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, at 2,524 m (8,281 ft). Mount Pedro is located close to the city of Nuwara Eliya, and is easily visible from most areas of the Central Province. It is situated North-North-East from the town of Nuwara Eliya
Its summit is home to the central communications array of the Government of Sri Lanka and armed forces, and serves as an important point in the country's radar system. The peak is currently designated as an "Ultra-high security zone", and is protected by a large military base; being strictly off limits to the general public.
On 1 March 2010, a small wildfire broke out over the mountain's forest cover. The fire destroyed 3 acres (0.012 km2) of forest, before being doused by the Sri Lanka Air Force and nearly 300 local residents.
- Encyclopædia Britannica. "Mount Pidurutalagala". Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Fire erupts at Mount Pedro". Newsfirst.lk. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Residents help army and forest officers to douse pidurutalagala fire". Newsfirst.lk. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
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