Knuckles Mountain Range, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
The Knuckles Mountain Range is located in the Districts of Matale and Kandy. It is located 185 km from Colombo. It took its name from its appearance because it looks like a set of knuckles in a closed fist. It is a major eco-tourism venue of Sri Lanka. It has been declared as a conservation area, also known as the Knuckles National Heritage and Wilderness Area. The region is 155 sq. km including five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna. It is also a paradise for hikers because it offers numerous mountainous trails. There are also waterfalls, lush tea plantations, rivers and forests. Trekkers usually begin on A26 main motor way running east of Kandy to Hunnasiriya. There are also two more options such as from Matale via Rattota and Riversten; from Wattegama via Panwila. The weather in the Knuckles Mountain Range is unpredictable and there can be mist or rain anytime. The good periods for trekking are from December to February, from March to May and from June to September. The range is home to many mammals such as wild boar, spotted deer, giant squirrel, barking deer, purple faced leaf monkey, mongoose and porcupine. It is also home to many endemic lizard species such as Crestless Lizard, Pigmy Lizard and many more. It is also home to around 200 bird species which makes it a perfect spot for birdwatchers.
Where to Stay
Village in the Jungle
It is located in Digana which is located 16 km from Kandy. The guest house features an outdoor pool, barbecue and terrace. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a seating area or terrace. Guests can enjoy a drink on the on-site bar. Address: Udu Dumbara, Rangala, Digana, Sri Lanka.
Knuckles Holiday Bungalow
It is located in Madulkele. It is located 18 km from Kandy. The property features views of the mountains. Free private parking is available on site. Towels and bed linen are available.
Silent Bungalow In
It is located in Digana. The property features an outdoor pool and views of the mountains. There is a 24 hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. Some units have a seating area. Some rooms feature views of the pool or garden. All rooms include a private bathroom. The tour desk can help for travel related information. Address: Thangappuwa, Rangala, Digana, Sri Lanka.
It is set in Beddegama. The property offers a barbecue and views of the mountains. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a dining area or terrace. Venture Camps also includes a terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The property also offers bike and car hire. Address: Florence Division of Marieland, Thawanlanthenna, Beddegama.
Polwaththa Eco Lodges
This eco friendly property uses solar power and rail water when possible. It offers accommodation made from mud, wood or brick. It is located 20 km from the Knuckles Mountain Range. Guests can go trekking, rent a bicycle to go mountain biking. The property provides barbecue facilities. Rooms and dormitories come with tea/coffee making facilities, towels, blankets and hot showers. The dormitory rooms offer shared bathrooms. Regular rooms have a private balcony, private bathroom and mosquito net. Address: 69/1, Wepathana, Gomagoda Karagastenna, Sri Lanka.