Knuckles Range

Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
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Trip End Apr 26, 2005


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Friday, March 4, 2005

KNUCKLES RANGE

When we left Dalhousie, we weren't exactly sure where our next move would take us. So while at the bus station in Hatton, we discussed our options over a small lunch of roti and chai, and finally reached the decision to visit the Knuckles Range. A few hours later we passed through Elkaduwa, and, following a beautiful, winding stretch up a mountain (reminiscent of Maui's Road to Hana) we arrived to our hotel: The Green View.

Words fail to convey the magnificence of the setting; pictures don't effectively capture it, either. Perched on the side of a mountain, each room overlooks a spectacular valley. In addition to the incredible view, the hotel's staff is extremely attentive, the home-cooked meals are delicious, the rates are great, and the few rooms that do exist are clean and quiet. We will return to Sri Lanka in the future, if for no other reason than to stay at the Green View again.

We awoke early the first morning; I gasped when I pulled the drapes to reveal miles of lush green mountains and valleys, tangled in a blanket of morning clouds and mist. We awoke with the scenery as we ate our breakfast in the cool mountain air, and left shortly thereafter for a light hike. Our plan was to briefly explore the surrounding area, as our sore legs (post-Adam's Peak) refused to allow much more; thinking that an hour or two would suffice, we left the hotel carrying nothing but a camera. Six hours later, following an amazing day of hiking amidst tea plantations, spice gardens of cinnamon and cardamom, thousands of butterflies, sun-drying cloves, and a handful of goats and cows, we returned to the hotel and collapsed -- sunburned, sore, and exhausted.

We were greeted the next morning with another phenomenal sunrise. Desiring to stay longer, we instead decided to continue our journey, fulfilling our brief, self-proclaimed tourist quota. Therefore, we left after breakfast for a day of ancient temples and ruins.
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weerakkody
weerakkody on

Hunas Falls Hotel Elkaduwa, Sri Lanka
To the guests who stayed at Green Valley hotel in Elkaduwa, Knuckles range.
I myself is a great admirer of this Knuckles range. Whenever I visit Sri Lanka I go to knuckles range. My first visit was in 1972.
I think my friends missed the greatest spot in Elkaduwa. That is HUNAS FALLS HOTEL.
The hotel, the surrounding and everything is breath taking. That is one of the favourite places of Honeymooners in SriLanka. I love this mountain range
and looking forward to buy a land there in my next visit in 2010.

Radley Dissage on

I really admire the comments made.in this page.I request all the guests to come and enjoy a day at "Sembuwatta Lake" near the Hunas falls hotel and see the beautiful lake which is 1068 Meters above sea level
this lake is situated at Elkaduwa Estate

Radley Dissage on

visit Sembuwatta lake located at elkaduwa estate Elkaduwa Srilanka
it is a place every nature lover should visit .This lake was half empty when I took over this estate as the Superintendent I got all the water ways repaired.later I built a swimming pool , few summer huts and a tree house for the benefit of the visitors.I am happy when srilankan's and foreigners visit this area .
all the nature lovers are invited to visit sembuwatta lake.

trekkingsrilanka on

Sambuwhatta is one of the best spot i have been i am a trekking guide and trekking organizer so i have been to many places in sri lanka and i will say sambuwhatta is one of my favourite

Radley Dissage on

when you visit next please call me
my mail i.d is rdissage@gmail.com
mobile 0718043341

thanks for your comments

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