Kandy – Knuckles Range Forest Reserve

It is 90 square miles in extent (land above 3500 feet only) and the area within the mountain range extending for a distance of more then 12 miles covers about 28,000 hectares.This range is in the Kandy District on the Kandy-Mahiyangana road and it gets rain during both monsoons- Northeast and Southwest.There are 35 mountain peaks in the range above 3,500 feet and the 2 highest peaks are above 6,000. More than 100 species of birds are found here and out of them about 25 are endemic, 28 Fishes (9 endemic) and 3 species of them are found only in the Knuckles Range and large number of trees too are endemic.

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The approach to the range is from several areas and the easiest is through Hunasgiriya, Looluwatte and Corbet’s Gap and from there to Kaikawala or Meemure or Na-ela and trekking from there.You have to obtain a permit to visit the Reserve and this could be obtained in Kandy from the Provincial Forest department or at Hunasgiriya Forest Ranger’s Office.

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