Take a long walk into the Misty Mountains
Updated: Mar 17, 2020
It is hard to imagine a small country like Sri Lanka packs such a vast geological diversity, scenery and natural beauty. A few hours travel can make such a difference in climate and scenery. This article cover some of the most important locations you should try to cover Sri Lanka during your visit to hill country and mountain exploration trips.
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Places to cover /Things to do during your visit to central hill country, Sri Lanka
1. Knuckles Mountain Range
The Knuckles range lies in the Kandy and Matale Administrative Districts in Sri Lanka. The Knuckles range is one of the loveliest nature attractions of Sri Lanka. The changing terrain of grasslands, rugged mountain peaks interspersed with streams and cascading waterfalls make Knuckles mountain range that covers an area of 18512 hectares the trekker’s paradise. Popular hiking trails are Mini world’s end from Deanston; Trail to Dothalugala from Deanston; Trail to Nitro Caves from Corbtt’s Gap; Trail to Augallena cave via Thangappuwa from Corbett’s Gap; Trail to Kalupahana from “Meemure” village are some of the things to experience during your visit to area.
Knuckles feature a great diversity in its forest cover and biodiversity. Weather in the Knuckles mountain range is unpredictable and could transform within few minutes. A thick mist could shroud the mountains in a matter of minutes. Rain could breeze in any day.
December to February is a good period to enjoy trekking at Knuckles. Possibility of rain is moderate.
March to May too is a good period to go trekking in Knuckles with the possibility of rain being low.
June to September being the period with the lowest possibility of rain, it presents the best opportunity.
September to November is the period that doesn’t attract the trekkers in view of high rain.
2. Adam’s peak (Sri Pada Range)
Adam's Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is a 2,243m (7,359 ft) mountain in the central highland region of Sri Lanka. The climb is popular among Sri Lankans as well as tourists alike. The typical climb is starts in the middle of the night so you can reach the peak for a breathtaking adams peak sunrise. "Sri Pada" Peak Wilderness sanctuary is a tropical rain forest that spreads over a land of 224 square kilometers around the Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) mountain. Sri Pada is an important pilgrimage site. However, The religious significance of Adam’s Peak greatly depends on who you’re talking to.
There are many possible hiking routes to take, with most popular option being from Hatton.
3.Horton Plains National Park
If you trek through the Horton Plains National Park in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, you can reach the end of the world. The Horton Plains plateau comes to a sudden end at World's End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m.
It is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by m
ontane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is a popular tourist destination and is situated 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Ohiya, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the world-famous Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.
4. Scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella
The Kandy to Ella train journey is said to be one of the most scenic, epic train journeys in not only just Sri Lanka but the world. You can just arrive at the train station and buy a ticket and walked on. You can either sit in a seat, or just find an open door hang your legs over the foot board for the entire journey. Although after seven hours ride you will scramble off the train, (a lot dustier and wearier), you are sure to remember this journey with lot of love and wonderful memories.
5. Experience some of the most amazing water falls
Sri lanka is home to more than 400 waterfalls with most of them located in the Hill Country. Some have natural pools to bathe in, while others are more rugged and can only be seen from a distance. Here are some of the most stunning water falls you can easily cover in you trip.
Laxapana Falls in Nuwara Eliya.
Ravana Falls. Ella.
Baker’s Falls, Horton Plains.
Bopath Ella, Kuruwita, Ratnapura.
St. Clairs Waterfall, Nuwara Eliya.
Diyaluma Falls, Beragala, Haputale.
Dunhinda Ella (Bridal Falls), Badulla.
These are only very few of the most stunning waterfalls of Sri Lanka.
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