The Knuckles Mountains are one of Sri Lanka's true natural gems. A treasure-trove of biodiversity, it is home to a unique variety of flora, fauna and culture. This spectacularly scenic region, known traditionally as the 'misty mountains', is rarely seen by tourists.
Rising to heights of more than 1,800 metres, this conservation area’s spectacular scenery is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers, with an extensive network of forest trails, rivers and waterfalls. The 155 sq km region contains five major forest types, a wide variety of rare and endemic wildlife and plant species and some breathtaking mountain scenery.
There are at least 1,033 species of flower and plants, of which approximately 255 species of trees are part of. The Knuckles region is rich in fauna such as sambur, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boar, giant squirrel and the slender loris. Two endemic primates can be found - the toque monkey and the purple-faced leaf monkey, as well as several species of endemic fish, amphibians and reptiles. There are 17 out of 23 endemic species of Sri Lankan birds flying residing in the area too.
However, the Knuckles is also facing complex issues concerning its future. The conservation of its natural and social heritage is under threat. Experience Travel Group is proud to work exclusively in collaboration with an operation addressing these issues from a unique perspective.
Abode gives visitors a very different perspective of traditional Sri Lankan agriculture and an old way of life. Living amongst the people indigenous to the forest, you are given a fascinating insight into the challenges they face from a dwindling population increasingly drawn away to an urban existence.
Whatever your itinerary, a visit to the Knuckles is a must for naturalists and anyone on a quest for adventure.
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