Updated: Apr 8, 2022
Sir Lanka is opening up its mountains, it's slowly becoming one of the best Hiking destinations in south Asia and the World.
Knuckles mountain range is situated in the districts of Kandy and Matale in the central province. The mountain range has many amazing hiking trails but most of them are at least 2 to 3 hr away from Kandy. If you want to do a good hike you need to get transport back and forth or stay in accommodations closer to the mountains like Simpson Forest , Ashburnham Estate , Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
You can go to the village of Pitawala or Memuree for a Homestay and Camping style accommodation, If you're looking for experiences like that I highly recommend seeing this amazing Vlog from The Budgeteers.
Staying in Kandy city will give you more flexibility on accommodation as well Kandy has many attractions you can cove and options on restaurants and shopping.
Hunnasgiriya Cloud Forest Trails is an ideal full day hiking trip for you, we start from Kandy around 7.30 am, you can have your breakfast at 7 am before you start. Tuktuk, Car or Jeep pick you up from your location then we drive up to Panvila town19 kmfrom Kandy city so around 8.45 am you be at the Hiking start point. The trail goes up to the Hunsgiriya Mountain (1519m) in the Campbell's Lane Forest Reserve this forest reservation is part of the grate knuckles mountain range forest reservation. We end the hike from the other side of the mountain or the Madulkalae side, normally we walk down to the endpoint around 3.30 pm where your pickup is waiting for you. You‘ll be back in Kandy by 5.30 pm. The total hike is around 6-7 hou
What I love about this trail, from start to finish it‘s not just the landscape of tropical mountains and forests we hike, our way lead us into the tea country of Sri Lanka this trail helps you see the real beauty and the struggle of Tea.
Most of our hiking trails are laid on mountain pathways, that villagers are using to travel between tea estates and villages,
A full-day hike includes a Picknick lunch and tea. We go up to the cloud forest where we will have our lunch and a cup of tea at a beautiful small waterfall with breathtaking view over the Knuckles Mountain Range and its Tea states
For the most part of the hike, we use the pathway used by tea villagers, only in the last bit of the hike we have to go through the forest which makes the hike even more adventures. We climb up on the Hunasgiriy mountain to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the UNESCO Worldheritage Knuckles Mountain Ra
I believe if youlooking for the best all-around hiking adventure from Kandy this is one for you, contact me and let's make a plan.