This is one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. Located within the district of Kandy and Matale in central Sri Lanka, the 30,000 hectare Knuckles mountain range, has derived its name from its similarity to knuckles on a clenched fist. “The Knuckles” as it is fondly known, comprises five mountain peaks and a number of smaller ones, with its highest point reaching around 6,000 feet above sea-level and spreads from the West to the South-East.
The Knuckles’ forest cover spans low-land semi-evergreen, to montane forests packed with rich and diverse vegetation, is home to a diverse collection of flora and fauna particularly unique to Sri Lanka. Its excitingly captivating misty mountains, lush valleys, tea plantations, dense forests, crystal clear natural water streams, remarkable flora and fauna is the perfect location to observe an excitingly diverse collection of some 130 species of birds of which 20 are endangered and 10 are migrant.
Some of the bird species seen here are:
Endemic birds such as the Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Ceylon Hill White Eye, Ceylon Spot-winged Thrush, Ceylon Wood shrike, Ceylon Green Pigeon, Ceylon Dull-blue Flycatcher, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Myna, Ceylon White-eye, Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Jungle fowl, Layard’s Parakeets, Brown-Capped Babbler, Crimson-backed Woodpecker, Bush Warbler the Yellow-eared Bulbul.
Migrating and other birds such as the Common Sandpiper, Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Gray Wagtail, Indian Blue Chat, Indian Pitta, Brown Shrike, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Forest Wagtails, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Black Eagle are among many others that can be seen here.
The beautiful “Knuckles” can be reached from Colombo via Kegalle, Kandy, Hunnasgiriya, Loolawatta and the Knuckles.