Knuckles Mountain Range - Sri Lanka's best trekking area
The Knuckles Mountain Range to the northeast of Kandy is Sri Lanka’s best trekking area, particularly for those interested in multi-day camping tours. Easy half-day hiking routes are available, too. The Sinhala name of Knuckles Range is Dumbara Kanduvetiya, meaning “misty hillcountry”.
Easier version of the Knuckles trekking tour
Starting time will be 8.30 am in Kandy after breakfast.
Starting point of the trek is Urispaththuwa Scolamuduna,
which is 40 km east of Kandy.
The hike of the first day will start around 9.30 or 10.00 am
and is about after 14 km long.
Water and snacks and fruits will be provided between start and lunch
at a panoramic viewpoint after 4 km.
Local lunch packed will be served at a waterfall after another 6 km walking.
There is a bathing opportunity in a natural pool at the waterfall.
The lunch break will last about one or one and a half hours.
After another 4 km the camp will be reached around 4.00 pm.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy the untouched surroundings.
Tea will be served immediately after arrival.
Local-style dinner is included in the tour costs,
itwill be served at a time of your choice.
A campfire will be sparked to warm you in this cool climate.
On the second day the hike will lead to the Gomare side of Knuckles Range.
Lunch will be served on the way.
Yoo will reach the final point at around 3.30 or 4.00 pm.
At last, a 30 km Tuk Tuk drive will bring you Uruspattuwa,
where the A/C vehicle will pick you up.
The driver will drop you to Kandy.
More challenging version of the same Knuckles trekking tour
For the first day, see above.
On the second day, you will start earlier, after breakfast at 8.00 am
for a more strenuous hike of altogether 2o km this day.
First, there will be a 2 km climb to a summit for a panoramic views,
the first and last parts of the climb are steep, but no roap is required.
In the flatter middle part, there will be a waterfall.
From the very top, 1.5 km of the same path has to be walked back.
Afterwards, the longer hike will lead to the Gomare side of Knuckles Range
The rest of the hike is the same route as the easier version mentioned above.
For this tour, you need your luggage prepared: backpack for a 2-days trekking tour, warm clothes like a pullover, your own first-aid kit with your personal medicine, torches, repellents and protection against leeches in particular; travel insurances are recommended
Location of Thangappuwa, where the abovementioned Knuckles Trek takes place