The Culture of Kandy – Knuckles Mountain Range

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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.

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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”

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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.


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