Hunnasgiriya Mountain

Hunnasgiriya Mountain

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About Hunnasgiriya Mountain:

Hunnasgiriya is well known as a beautiful village in the Kandy District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. When you travel around kandy you can see a unique shape mountain at Katugasthota town over it’s bridge and it is one of the highest mountains of that area. Hunasgiriya Mountain is more visible from Waththegama town as well, and it is situated at Campbell’s Lane forest reserve.

How to reach the Hunnasgiriya Mountain:

There are two trails for the Hikers who would like to Hike the Hunnasgiriya Mountain:

  1. From The Hunnasgiriya Estate side – This is a difficult trail as the path is not much clear and it is best to take a guide with you.
    The mountain can be reached via,
    Kandy -> Waththegama -> Hunnasgiriya ->”Senga Sadu” line houses -> Hunnasgiriya peak
  2. From Panwila Hatale side – Comparatively this is an easy trail, the path is much clear which does not require a guide. Hiking the mountain from Panwila is recommended, as 80% of this path can be traveled by a Vehicle and also can visit Hatale Mini worlds end.
    The mountain can be reached via,
    Mawanella -> Peradeniya -> Katugasthota -> Madawala -> Panwila -> Hatale Mini Worlds End -> Hunnasgiriya Mountain

Best time to visit Hunnasgiriya Mountain and Weather conditions:

Usually, it is difficult to predict the weather condition of Kandy; however, it is always advisable to choose a day with clear sky. Managing the weather conditions is not much difficult and when you reach the peak you will notice it is covered by clouds.

Hike to Hunnasgiriya Mountain:

The mountain peak is 1,514 m high. However, Hunnasgiriya Mountain can be climbed up very easily. This is because there are clear and wider routes, although rough, on which even a motorbike or a jeep can be used. The hiking usually takes not more than 30 minutes. Hatale Mini World’s End at the upper Hathale division is a good viewing point from which whole knuckles area and the Victoria Dam can be observed. There are also mini waterfalls, tea estates where you could see tall tea trees, cloudy forests, wild berries and very unique flowers, which cannot be missed from your camera.

Photo courtesy : Onal Karunaratne

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