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Namunukula is the name of a mountain range in Sri Lanka's province of Uva. Its main peak is 2,035 metres (6,676.5 ft) high. The name means "Nine Peaks". It also the name of a town near it which is sometimes called Namunukula Town (6° 52' N 81° 7' E).[1]

Namunukula, as seen from Collen Estate in Badulla.
Highest point
Elevation2,036 m (6,680 ft)
Coordinates06°55′59″N 81°06′49″E / 6.93306°N 81.11361°E / 6.93306; 81.11361Coordinates: 06°55′59″N 81°06′49″E / 6.93306°N 81.11361°E / 6.93306; 81.11361
Namunukula is located in Sri Lanka

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.[2]

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  1. ^ *Falling Rain
  2. ^ 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.

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