The world famous Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, belonging to the Districts of Matale and Kandy. How this range takes its name is due to a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif that resemble the knuckles of a clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. Knuckles was a name that was given by early British surveyors, but the Sinhalese local residents have traditionally referred to the area as “Dumbara Kanduvetiya” that means mist-laden mountain range. It has spectacular and striking landscapes often covered in thick layers of misty cloud but in addition to its aesthetic value the range is also of significant scientific interest. The conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited in this massif. Upon reaching higher elevations there is a series of isolated cloud forests, providing an array of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Tourists Attractions in Knuckles Range
The Knuckles mountain range and its forest trails are the most suitable for trekking in Sri Lanka. It has many natural trails cleared through the forest by the forest department with campsites. For example Mini worlds end trails in the west and east, Pitawala pathena trail, Ash cave trail, Nitre cave trail, Knuckles summit trail are very exciting. Also there are interconnected footpaths of cardamom planters, toddy tapers, tea plantation workers, farmers and villagers. Besides there are traditional villages of the Knuckles foothills with so much of treks and short walks such as the Last King of Kandy, Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe’s (1798-1815) hide out place, Rathna water fall trek, Sitakotuwa limestone cave and waterfall trek etc.