KNUCKLES RANGE IMMERSION
Walking uphill in the pouring rain with leeches nipping at your ankles isn’t an experience for the faint of heart, but it’s a small price to pay for a visit to the remote mountain village of Walpolamulla – population: six – the site of an inspiring small-scale ecotourism venture in the Knuckles Range, a conservation area in central Sri Lanka. A 155-square-kilometre wilderness of misty mountains – the highest peaks reach 1,900 meters – waterfalls and rivers, it contains five major forest formations and an astonishing variety of endemic flora and fauna. With more than 1,000 species of flowering plant, 100 species of bird, 75 species of reptile, plus wild boars, civets, toque monkeys, sambars and porcupines – not to mention the shy and elusive leopard –
the Knuckles are a nature lover’s paradise, although, with little in the way of infrastructure, one that isn’t easy to explore.
Mini 2 pax
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
ALL YEAR AROUND