Riverston is another peak in the Knuckles mountain range situated in Matale, Central Province of Sri Lanka. The Riverston peak has an elevation of 1,424 meters, and Riverston is a famous mountain for hiking, although not much known among foreigners. This mountain has many best views, and the mountain is located close to Pitawala pathana Mini World’s End.
The Riverston Peak can be reached by traveling, about 30 km away from the Matale town, along the Matale – Hettipola Road via Illukkumbura. The hike in Riverston peak begins at the Matale hettipole road after 27KM from matale. From the base, there is a well-paved uphill road towards the left till you reach the Riverston Towers.
Compared to other mountain peaks in the Knuckles Mountain Range, the weather conditions of Riverston is well manageable as the climate is usually not very cool as this mountain is much closer to the dry zone of Knuckles. But in the rainy season & cold months, the wind speed and mist will cover the whole area and suddenly turn into a very cold place. Especially in the Riverstone gap, in particular, is an area with lots of gusty winds, and you feel like you being carried away.
The hike to the summit would be about 2 km long. The trail path leading to the summit is usually windy. To get the whole experience, you need to climb the Riverstone SLT Tower mountain. This is where everyone goes to feel the ‘breeze’. The climb is a paved road, so you don’t need hiking gear or even hiking shoes. You can walk even with slippers. If your fit, it will take only ab 15-20 minutes. If not, still only about 30-45 minutes maximum. There are some shortcuts through the forest as well, but we recommend going on pave road.
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