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Known for being one of the most popular hiking tracks in the Island, especially with the younger generation where the country’s leading Government university use the trails for their annual hiking expeditions, the Hanthana hiking trails is sure to be on any hiking enthusiast’s “must do” list!
The Hanthana mountain range has seven peaks to its name, with the highest peak being the Ura Kanda at 3800 Ft. The Trails have numerous picturesque & panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness & towns:
On the topic of animals, the Hanthana mountain range is home to many indigenous wildlife, so much so that the area has been declared a protected nature reserve by the Sri Lankan Government. Wildlife such as fishing cats, civets, wild boars, hares, monkeys, leopards, foxes, hedgehogs and even raptors are a few of the animals which have made the hills of Hanthana their home. The Mountain Range is an ideal location for the bird watching enthusiast, with around 120 different species of birds having been found in the range, with some species being uniquely endemic to the region.
Hanthana’s hiking trails are immensely popular as the trails are very accessible to all manners of hikers, whether it’s the veteran thrill seekers who enjoy climbing it peaks, or the novice hikers who simply love to causally take in the surroundings. It is possible to reach the foot of the mountain range via the Peradeniya-Galaha road or the Kandy-Udawela road.
One important point of note for any potential hikers: it is advised that journeys should begin by at least 900 AM and end at around 3:00 PM, as darkness tends to fall upon the area quite quickly and without any warning, making the area quite difficult to traverse during the latter part of the day.