Hiking in Kandy – Exploring the Hantana mountain range

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Kandy is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in Sri Lanka; the city is surrounded by mountains and lush green forest reserves make this a popular hiking destination in the country.

Hamnthana Mountain Range | Image Courtesy: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Astronomyinertia">Astronomyinertia</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uura_kanda.JPG">Uura kanda</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode" rel="license">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Hanthana Mountain Range | Image Courtesy: Astronomyinertia, Uura kanda, CC BY-SA 3.0

The City and its Surrounding

The city is surrounded by two of the most beautiful mountain ranges of Sri Lanka. The two are namely, the Knuckles and the Hantana mountain ranges. Among them, the range that is located closer to Kandy and easily accessible is the Hantana Mountain Range.

The Hantana range

Located very close to Kandy; the range is home to some of the rare and endemic flora and fauna species of Sri Lanka and this is one of the most protected reserves in Sri Lanka. Visiting here is a must when you plan your stay in Kandy. You can find someone of the best Kandy hotel in Sri Lanka in this region – the Earl’s Regency and you can plan a hike from the hotel itself. The mountain range is a popular hiking spot among the youth of Sri Lanka. Hanthana is an easily accessible by foot as it has less vegetation and it has more pathways which make the hike easier.

A fun-filled Experience

Having spectacular views from its summits; visiting this place will definitely be a worthwhile experience. You can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Kandy town form Hantana’s summit and you can also explore the montane grass landscape which is also very similar to that of the Horton Plains. Another thing to do during your hike is to visit the tea estates located in the lowlands of the range which can also be a fun experience.

Things to remember

Always remember that these are protected wildlife reserves. Enjoy its beauty without harming Mother Nature. Avoid taking polythene with you and never leave take flammable substances with you on your hike. Do not to harm animals or destroy and plant life. Carry plenty of water with you, Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and last but not the least always be vigilant of your surroundings.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+


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