Image: James Yates Photo via Flickr
This mysterious and magnificently-beautiful area is called by locals “Dumbara Kanduvetiya” (mist-covered Mountain) and it was named as “Knuckles” by the British due to its noticeable appearance which resembles the knuckles of a clenched fist. This picturesque range of mountains lies in both Kandy and Matale districts, covering an area of over 62 square miles.
The Knuckles forest region is a fascinatingly beautiful place which draws many visitors all year round, with several streams gracefully flowing into the lower Mahaweli system. The Knuckles area contributes to about 30% of the water in the Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs.
The highland areas of the Knuckles forest range is extremely wet throughout the year and the area is also exposed to strong winds during May to October.
Although the hill ranges remain as uninhabited wilderness, there are human dwellings along the river valleys. The villagers are involved in the cultivation of paddy in terraced fields, accompanied with the chena cultivation. Commercial plantation of tea and cardamom are also located within the knuckles forest range.
The whole area was declared as a National Man and Biosphere Reserve. The Knuckles forest reserve has also been nominated for declaration as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve and a Natural World Heritage Site.
The Knuckles Mountain Range is stunning! So green and rich in wildlife and scenery with loads of waterfalls, where a visitor can have a beautiful experience hiking or camping.
The Knuckles Mountain Range is located approximately 2 hours away from our bungalows in Kandy. Our helpful team will assist you in arranging an excursion.