18 hairpin bend road with spectacular vistas By Arundathie Abeysinghe

18 hairpin bend road with spectacular vistas By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Mist-clad mountain ranges, spectacular vistas, hamlets, waterfalls, scenic valleys, endemic fauna and flora…Viewing platforms with vistas of rivers, lakes, valleys as far as the eye can see…18 hairpin bends snaking through the mountains rendering a picture postcard effect… Popularly known as “Daha Ata Wanguwa” in Sinhala, the 18 hairpin bend road is the famous asphalted Kandy- Mahiyangana Road, a six kilometer drive set amidst a breathtaking landscape in the *Central Province of Sri Lanka, the road that links Kandy and *Mahiyangana. The beginning of the road starts approximately after 60 kilometers from Kandy City. In the past, this road was considered as the most dangerous road in Sri Lanka. A few years ago, the road was renovated and widened and the last bend of the road was removed, yet travelers as well as locals living in the vicinity call this road as “18 hairpin bend road”, although there are only 17 hairpin bends at present. Earlier, the Road had…

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