The mountain range you see from your balcony, we call it Dumbara (mist-laden), the British named it Knuckles as it resembles the knuckles of a clenched fist from some vantages. This mountain range offers some of the most spectacular hikes on the island. The Knuckles hike starts in a tea estate, but the trail soon enters the high-altitude montane cloud forests that are truly unique and stunning.

The trail is very diverse, crossing different types of forests, grasslands, streams, and waterfalls frequently popping out to amazing mountain vistas. Depending on the hike you choose, your destination is one of the higher peaks of the range where the views are simply mind boggling. Departure is around 7 am for a scenic 1-hour drive to the start of the trail. Then you enjoy your well-earned picnic lunch at the summit before the descent. Dependent on route, a 6 pm arrival at Santani can be expected.

Short hike up to Kotaganga Waterfall 9 km – 5.5 hours
Long hike to the summit of the 2nd Peak 22 km – 11 hours

Preferred attire – long bottoms, top with sleeves, trainers/walking boots, backpack, raincoat, and swimwear if you want to take a dip.

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