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Knuckles Mountain Range Trekking

Named after its uncanny likeness to human knuckles, the Knuckles Mountain Range is a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular spot for hikers. It's still pretty untouched and with the diversity of trails and duration, is suitable for hikers of all-levels.
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How do I get there?
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There are eight different routes leading to the Knuckles Mountain Range. Most travellers arrive at the site from Colombo or Kandy. The journey from Colombo will take about a five to six hours drive, depending on the route that you take, while a drive from Kandy lasts a duration of about three hours. You can get the bus from Kandy bus station to Mahiyangana and get off at Hunasgiriya. From there you can get a tuk-tuk to the Knuckles Range Conservation Centre.
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Do I need to go with a guide?
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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.
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Do I need to train up?
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The day treks are beginner-friendly. So just make sure you are comfortable going through rugged mountains, lush grasslands, fresh streams and cascading waterfalls. Casual hikers can spend a day taking in the natural beauty of the area, while more serious hikers could spend a few days hiking and camping at the entire range with a guide.
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What's the best time to go?
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The best months to visit are March, April, May, June, July, August, September
We recommend the above period because you would have:
  • Better visibility
  • Good weather
  • Dry season
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Any tips for what to do in the area?
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Although hiking is the biggest lure in Knuckles, the conservation site has plenty of other noteworthy attractions to visit. Meemure is a lazy rural village deep inside the forests. With beautiful streams and waterfalls, it offers mesmerising views and photograph-worthy vistas. It is a little-known attraction, mingle with the villagers, who are more than happy to converse and discover Sri Lanka’s much-famed hospitality.
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