22 January 2009

Knuckles Range


This is one of the best places for hiking in Sri Lanka. Depending on your liking you can choose either easier or harder track. This absorbing area is situated in the north edge of central highlands.

One important factor is that this forest, gets rain from both North East and South West Monsoons. So it will be quite wet most of the time and a climber should be ready with appropriate gear to fight heavy rain.

There are many roads to enter this area and the most popular one are Bambarella via Wattegama and Luluwatte via Hunnasgiriya. Also you can reach the north side of Knuckles Range via Pallegama. See my past post for details - Pitawalapathana.

Any avid nature lover or a hiker will find the seventh heaven here! This mountain range is home to number of indegenous flora and fauna. There are plenty of hiking routes through this forest and some of the notable routes are Knuckles Mountain, Kalupahana Mountain, Meemure Village and nitre caves. Also if you like further adventure you can do a longer trip across the range from Looluwatte to Pallegama! For that you need some past hiking experience or guidance from an experienced hiker. I will bring each and every track in details with my future posts.

13 comments:

foto CHIP said...

Misty Mountain - looks exciting :)
Good shot!

Kitty said...

It does look lovely...those soft, damp greens are beautiful!

Vita Stunder said...

Gorgeous shot!!
Have a nice weekend :)

Anna

mountain.mama said...

I would very much love to hike there!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Photo CHIP,
Infact the local name for this region is Dumbara Kandu (Misty Mountains)! You called it correct!!
These mountains are full of mist and great hiking location. Thanks for your comments:)

Kitty,
Soft and damp - You got it right! These mountains get rain most parts of the year :)
Thanks for your comments!

Vita,
Thanks a lot for your comments and wish you a happy weekend too!

Mountain.mama,
This is one of my favourite hiking area. It ia really hikers paradise and you will like it for sure :)
Tks for your comments!

Baruch said...

Beautiful - I will surely be in 7th heaven!

Irene Toh said...

Hiking in the mountain must be exhilarating.

Life's Journey said...

It looks cool place...happy Sunday. Mine is ready...

Greyscale Territory said...

The misty scenery looks so romantic! A magical place to escape for awhile!

Digital Polaroids said...

Spectacular place, I hope I visit Sri Lanka some day...

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Kirigalpoththa said...

Baruch,
Yes its really 7th heaven here for a hiker!

Irene Toh,
Yes, hiking here is exhilarating..cool climate, beautiful scenery of mountains and unique flora and fauna..

Life's Journey,
Yep it is a great place :) and happy Sunday to you too!

Greyscale Territory,
Yep it is a magical and romantic place to be..such a lovely place!

Digital Polaroids,
you should visit here oneday..You will love it :)

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!!

Karen said...

What a gorgeous place!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Karen,
Thanks a lot for dropping by and for your comments :)