Camping at Knuckles
Just an hour’s drive from Kandy is the UNESCO world heritage site Knuckles Mountain range, one of the lesser known escapes from the persistent Sri Lankan heat. Camping in close proximity to the ancient village of Meemure and Corbet’s Gap during the period between March and October is best. Formerly known as Dumbara Kanduvetiya or ‘the misty mountains’, the mountains were christened in colonial times as ‘Knuckles’, due to its unusual silhouette of a clinched fist. The Knuckles Mountain Range climate is refreshing: sunny during the morning and afternoon, temperatures tend to fluctuate between 25 to 15 degrees. The area is made up of tea country and thick forest – home to many endemic flora, fauna, and reptile species only found in these mountains. It is also populated with wild porcupines, deer, purple-faced leaf monkeys, wild boar and even leopards – the perfect setting for an adventurous camp. Exciting treks, night safaris and other mountain activities take shape in the most remote of parts of the Range.