Visitors to the idyllic land of Sri Lanka, and in particular nature lovers, should not omit to explore the picturesque Knuckles Mountain Range. Discerning visitors staying at some of the best hotels Sri Lanka has to offer, such as the ones provided by Aitken Spence Hotels should take the opportunity to visit this attractive scenic area.
According to local tradition this mountain range was dubbed ‘Knuckles’ by surveyors from Britain during the colonial era, as the mountains resemble a closed fist from afar. This pristinely verdant mountainous area is a refreshing respite from the urban bustle of the country’s commercial capital Colombo.
The splendid and mysterious scenery of the area will take your breath away, and the journey to the region provides an excellent opportunity to relax and savour the picturesque scenery unfolding around you. As visitors approach the mountains they will see the towering peaks enveloped in mist, creating a remarkably beautiful scene.
The Knuckles area is a delightful locality to explore, and travellers will be able to indulge in hiking, trekking and mountain biking along the numerous trails and pathways. Visitors will come across rocky hills, cascading waterfalls and cool meandering streams in this luxuriously verdant region. These enticing water features eventually go on to form significant streams and rivers further below this mountainous area.
Visitors will also encounter a number of idyllic villages in the Knuckles region. The local villagers live as they have for generations, making their livelihood from paddy and chena cultivation. It is thought that people have lived in this area for many centuries, although as a whole the region is sparsely populated. The area is also renowned for its unique and rich biodiversity, containing many interesting kinds of fauna and flora. The amateur naturalist as well as the general visitor will be delighted by the diverse and exotic natural riches of the area.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.