Hike the Knuckles Mountain Range

Home to an impressive array of flora and fauna that cannot not be found anywhere else on the planet, the biodiverse Knuckles Mountain Range is a conservation area in the heart of Sri Lanka, a mere one hour drive from Kandy.

The breath-taking scenery of misty mountain peaks, lush green forest and impressive animal and plant life make the Knuckles Mountain Range the perfect place to hike in central Sri Lanka.

Hiking at the Knuckles Range

The varied terrain of rugged mountains, lush grasslands, fresh streams and cascading waterfalls make the Knuckles Mountain Range a favourite among hikers who love to explore the 155 square kilometres conservation area.

Being a World Heritage Conservation Area, the mountain range - referred to as Dumbara Kanduvetiya among the Sinhalese locals – is a biodiversity hotspot on the island and contains species that are found nowhere else on the planet. Casual hikers can spend the best part of a day taking in the natural beauty of the area, while more serious hikers could spend a few days hiking the entire range with a guide, which is about the same length as a marathon.

A popular destination for those hiking the Knuckles Range is the Mini World’s End escarpment (which takes its name from the larger World’s End escarpment within the Horton Plains) which provides amazing panoramic views across the entire range and surrounding area.

Planning your trip

The best time of year to hike the Knuckles Mountain Range generally tends to be between March and September. During this time the probability of rain is low compared to the winter months. That said, like most mountain ranges, the weather at the Knuckles Range is unpredictable so it’s always recommended you’re well prepared, have the necessary experience and hike with a local guide.

We visit the range during our Off the Beaten Track Sri Lankan Holiday and because we specialise in customised tours to the island, we can also plan a trip to the range on your behalf within your very own tailor made Sri Lankan holidayGet in touch today if you’re interested to learn more about hiking the Knuckles Mountain Range or the other hiking opportunities in Sri Lanka.


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