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Knuckles Ranges

Knuckles Ranges

This mountain range is named so due to the close appearance to the knuckles of a clenched fist. This is a great location for exploring the outdoors with stunning landscapes, sweeping views, adventurous hikes, and unique eco-systems. The range contains five major forest formations, and provides a refuge for rare and endemic fauna and flora. There are many mountain trails which pass through crystal clear streams, lush dense forests, waterfalls, tea plantations, terraced paddy fields and charming home gardens. A visit to a small mountain village will give a unique perspective to the quaint and simple lifestyle of these friends and warm people. One of the key features of the mountain range is the different levels of climate conditions. During a short walk or drive one can go through around 5 climatic zones in a short expanse of time.

One of the unique areas to visit during ones stay in the Knuckles is Pitawala Pathana. This grassland is of unique ecological value. An area spreading over 10 hectares, of gently sloping rock slab, many endemic species of plants and animals can be found. At the end of the plains is the Mini World’s End escarpment which resembles a smaller version of the world famous World's End in Horton Plains. This place grants a panoramic view of the Knuckles Range and some of its valleys below. From there it is possible to walk along to the rock extrusion which allows one to walk right up to the edge. One of the rare and unique animals found nowhere else on earth but in the Knuckles is Kirthisinghe's Rock Frog. It’s a small 25mm Amphibian which is found in cracks on the rocks, under boulders and on other flat wet surfaces in rocky hill streams. It is found exclusively in the Pitawala Patana area.

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