Little bit about Knuckles Mountain Range
Sri Lanka, the paradise isle, is home to many natural wonders. Being an island nation, a tourist can experience the sunny beaches of the south and the misty hills of the highlands all within a few hours of travel. Sri Lanka is home to many picturesque hiking trails. Chief among which Is the knuckles range. Also called the Dumbara Mountain range, nestled in the highlands of Sri Lanka’s Central Province, this breathtaking hiking trail is one of the most sought after hiking destinations in the South Asian regions.
The Knuckles range is bordered by the Mahaweli River basin from the south east and the Matale plains from the west.
Access to the knuckles range is mainly through three routes. The main route is through the Corbett’s Gap in Hunnasgiriya along the Kandy Hunnasigiriya Main Road. Other access routes to the range include The Matale route via Riversten and from Wattegama via Panwila.
The Dumbara range, aptly named the Knuckles by the British due to its resemblance of fisted knuckles is the 6 th highest mountain range in the country. The peaks reach a height of 1863m above sea level.
The Knuckles range is a nature hiker’s paradise. The ever-changing terrain of the range changes from rolling grasslands to rugged mountain peaks with dwarf cloud forests covered with various mosses and ferns all enveloped in white clouds. Along the hiking trails there are many picturesque waterfalls to be seen. And for the lover of fauna and flora there are many species of endemic birds, animals and plants found in the cloud forests and the grasslands.
Due to the unique nature of Knuckles range, it was named a UNESCO world heritage site and a conservation site with its flora contributing largely to reducing the carbon footprint of the region.
Popular hiking trails include the Mini Worlds end train from Deanston, the Dothalugala trail, the Nitro Caves trail and the Augallena trail. The serious hiker or experienced biodiversity enthusiast may also turn from the beaten path to explore the untouched beauty of the range for up to 3 days, camping within the range.
The weather around the range is largely unpredictable. However, the best time to enjoy a good trek is during the period of December to February as the rain is comparatively less.
Photo Credits: Dasun Wickramaarachchi
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