The Knuckles Mountain Range found towards the North East of the City of Kandy which derives its name from its shape of a clenched fist, offers numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, waterfalls, lush tea plantations, paddy fields and traditional small mountain villages.
The Knuckles range is characterized by its striking landscapes often robed in thick layers of cloud. The area comprises of 34 clearly identified ranges within 62 square miles, and 3000-6500 feet in height. In addition to its aesthetic value the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic capsule of the rest of Sri Lanka.
The conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited here. Its forested peaks harbor a variety of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island’s total area, it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity. The Knuckles range is a “National Heritage and Wilderness Area”
It’s a 35 minute drive from Cinnamon Citadel Kandy to the base; the location is Hunassgiriya pass on the Kandy-Mahiyangana road, that’s 52 km from Kandy.