Knuckles Range is one such popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka that is ideally suited for both amateur and veteran hikers. You can pick anything between a 2 to an 8 km hike, and find yourself spotting a variety of aviaries, animals, flora and fauna.
Stretching over both the Kandy and Matale districts of Sri Lanka; Knuckes Range is approachable from Matale, Kandy, Wattegama, Laggala and Hasalaka. Spanning an area of 18,512 hectares, this popular tourist attraction of Sri Lanka has its own unique ecosystem. The main mountain range is spread over 12 miles. Deriving its name from the image of a clenched fist, the mountain range is a key source from which many rivers in Sri Lanka are formed. Hulu River, Heen River and Kalu River all start from Knuckles Range, hikers will surely delight in the numerous waterfalls and streams to be found.
Amongst the 141 species of flowers, 250 varieties of trees to be found in this mountain range 160 of these species are said to be endemic. Wildlife at Knuckles Range is also diverse, visitors can spot a variety of birds and larger animals like elephants, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar and leopard. There is much to be found and explored at this popular attraction in Sri Lanka.
These photos were taken between Bambarella and Meemure villages (35 Km). There are no foot paths from Batagalla to Meemure, the only help out there was our map and the compass. We came to Bambarella by bus (B205), from Bambarella to Batagalla there is a minor road. Batagalla is the last place that we found human activities since we reach to Meemuree. After Batagalla we started to climb the rock mountain called “Rilagala” (1604.77). Then on the second day we started to follow the tiny water stream which becomes a handy river called “Heen Gaga” at Meemuree. We were beaten by the nature several times along the root of the water stream, we were challenged by shocking dedends, mystic water holes, waterfalls, leeches and lot more, due to those reasons we missed lots of shots. This mystic jungle is thousand times beautiful than these photos, we say it because we saw that magic. Special thanks to Mr Dayalan at Batagalla villege and Mr Vijitha, a government officer at Meemuree that helped us a lot.