Blog Series: UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
Sri Lanka have 2 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites, Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve since 1988 and the Central Highlands since 2010. The Central Highlands consists of Horton Plains National Park, Peak Wilderness Protected Area and Knuckles Conservation Forest.
If you are interested in nature, wildlife, hiking and animals, or just want to see picturesque and beautiful places, you should definitely come visit. All these sites are easily accessed by car and you will not regret your visit here. Many people are interested in visit these sites, and we have therefore put together a blog series for you with information about each place. Making it easy for you to explore the natural wonders of Sri Lanka.
Part 1 Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve
Part 2 Horton Plains National Park
Part 3 Peak Wilderness Sanctuary
Part 4: Knuckles Mountain Range
Knuckles Range is a National Park in Sri Lanka with beautiful waterfalls and rivers, grasslands, rugged mountain peaks, tea plantations, paddy fields and dense forests. It is a biodiversity hotspot, with plant and animal species not found anywhere else in the world. In Knuckles you will find exciting hiking possibilities with natural beauty and untouched nature.
Knuckles Range is situated east of Kandy and you can make a trip to Knuckles Range from Kandy by car. Visiting Knuckles you can make your hike in a few hours, or up to 3 days with overnight stay, depending on your interests. Popular trails for hiking is from Deanston to Mini World’s End or Dothalugala, from Corbatt’s Gap to Nitro Caves or Augallena Cave or from “Meemure” village to Kalupahana. The 35 mountain peaks in Knuckles Reserve range from 1900 metres to 900 metres in height. 5 of the peaks are formed in the shape of a clenched fist, why the British named it Knuckles.
A beautiful observation point in Knuckles Range is Mini World’s End. 1192 metres above sea level you have a great panoramic view of the Knuckles Range and the villages in the valley. In the Conservation area you can also visit some small rural community villages where people cultivate rice and cardamom for a living. Electricity was introduced only a few years ago in these villages.
In the Knuckles conservation forest all climatic zones conditions of Sri Lanka can be found, making it a microcosm of Sri Lanka. Mammals you can spot in Knuckles are wild boar, deer, wild buffalo, jackal, monkeys, mongoose, giant squirrel and porcupine. Many species of animals and plants in Knuckles Range are not found anywhere else in the world, making Knuckles Range a unique place for your hike in Sri Lanka.
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More information about Knuckles Mountain Range: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1203
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