Image: LakRoo Environmental Club
There is a lot of ground to cover in the misty Knuckles range, but if you can’t afford to spend too many days, you still can get the most of its scenic sights. Pitawala Pathana is a vast grassland and a miniature forest spanned across the Knuckles range.
You can visit Pitawala Pathana as a day trip from Hunasgiriya or Matale. It takes about an hour and a half by car, mostly going up hill on a narrow road up to Riverton before you drop down to a grassy area. It’s unusual in this part of Sri Lanka to see such an open stretch of countryside, and you get amazing views of the main ridge of the Knuckles mountains to the South and also to the North where the ground drops away sharply at the mini World’s End viewpoint.
The ecosystem of the undergrowth at Pitawala Pathana is worth examining. You can discover amphibians, small mammals, lizards, new species of tree frogs and a few endemic plants. Due to extremely strong winds, only small plants survive in this area.
On the way from Matale also, you can see a breathtaking view of pine forests, tea estates, paddy fields and mountain peaks which is a nice bonus. The open stretch of countryside drops away at the mini World’s End viewpoint where a couple of sheer cliff edges give you magnificently chilling views of the surroundings. The area is vulnerable to very strong winds, so you have to watch your step and refrain from trying things which can be dangerous.
You should not miss to go take a look at the Pitawala Pathana. Pitawala Pathana is located approximately 2.5 hours away from Amaya Hunas Falls, one of the most popular honeymoon hotels in Sri Lanka – our helpful team at the hotel will assist you in arranging an excursion.