Knuckles Mountain Range
The series of recumbent peaks which is found on the west of the mastiff resembles knuckles of a clenched fist. This is the reason the unique name was given to this mountain range by the British.
Beautiful Knuckles Mountain Range is one of the most popular attractions in the island of Sri Lanka. The glorious mountain range is home to many species of flora and fauna. More than 34% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees, herbs and shrubs are found only in the forests of this stunning destination.
Location and boundaries of Knuckles Range in Sri Lanka
Knuckles Mountain Range is located off Kandy. It is found in the northern border of the Central Highlands. The southern border of Knuckles Mountain Range is where the Mahaweli River basin is found. Matale Plains are located on the western border of the mountain range.
Mountain Peaks at Knuckles Range
In this magical haven, one will find 34 mountain peaks. The heights of these mountain peaks range between 900 and 1900 meters. The five prominent mountain peaks which resemble knuckles of a clenched fist are the most popular ones here without a doubt!
The five prominent mountain peaks Of Knuckles Mountain Range
Weather and Season
The weather and climate here in Knuckles can be rather volatile and unpredictable. A sunny day could turn out to be a gloomy one in minutes. Thick mists can also engulf the mountain range very quickly, posing dangers to trekkers and hikers. So it is quite important to enjoy the trek with a seasoned guide. Researching about the climactic conditions and weather patterns here is also a great idea.
The period between the months of December and February bring moderate rains to the area. The possibility of rain remains low between the months of March and May too. The best time to enjoy a trek in Knuckles Mountain Range is between the months of June and September. Do try to avoid the rainy season here which occurs between September and November.
Biodiversity at Knuckles Range
As it was mentioned earlier, Knuckles Mountain Range is home to many species of flora and fauna. Within the lush territories of the mountain range, beautiful creatures like spotted deer, wild boar, barking deer, purple faced leaf monkey, mongoose and porcupine can be found.
Endemic species of lizards such as crestless lizard, pigmy lizard, kangaroo lizard and leaf nose nose lizard are found only in this forest.
200 species of birds can also be spotted within the territories of Knuckles Mountain Range. 15 of these species of birds are endemic to the island of Sri Lanka. Some of the endemic species of birds that you would be able to see in Knuckles Mountain Range are, black headed bulbul, yellow eared bulbul, dusk blue flycatcher, brown capped babbler and Layard’s parakeet.
Trekking at Knuckles Range
Knuckles Mountain Range is a trekker’s paradise! There are lots of breathtaking aspects here which will truly enthral nature lovers. The grassy plains, majestic mountain ranges, glistening waterfalls and intriguing fauna make this place quite special for sure.
Serious trekkers can consider embarking on a three day tour with a professional guide. This experience will be complete with camping as well. The most popular trails here include Mini World’s End hike from Deanston, Trail to Dothalugala from Deanston, Trail to Nitro Caves from Corbitt’s Gap, Trail to Augallena cave via Thangappuwa from Corbett’s Gap; Trail to Kalupahana from “Meemure” village.
Waterfalls in Knuckles Mountain Range
In Knuckles Mountain Range one would find a number of magnificent waterfalls. Duwili Ella, Dumbara Ella, Huluganga Ella, Thaliyawatuna Ella, Jodu Ella, Sari Ella, Kotaganga Ella and Lebanon Estate Falls are quite prominent among these.
What not to do in Knuckles Mountain Range
If you are not sure of the trails you should never attempt to explore them without the help of a seasoned guide. You will be able to obtain information about the best tour guides in Knuckles Mountain Range from the hotel that you are planning to stay at.
Be sure to leave the place as you found it. Don’t litter the forest even when you are camping. Bring along your own garbage bags and collect the discarded items before you leave. You can dispose of those items once you reach home or the hotel that you are staying at. You should never destroy or harm the natural beauty of the place in anyway. Understand that the forest belongs to the animals and respect their territories. You can take back beautiful memories and incredible photos of the place!