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Exploring Hantana Mountain Trails for a Thrilling Hiking Experience

Nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka is the historic town of Kandy, situated among the green hills of the Central Province. Kandy was the last capital ruled by Sri Lankan kings, and is full of cultural attractions that draw in crowds all year round. Visitors flock to watch the Esala Perahera, and soak in the history and charm. Places to visit in Kandy include the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Bogambara Lake.

Travellers who want to experience hiking in Kandy can visit the town of Hantana in the south- west-. Here, amidst the central highlands, are the Hantana mountain trails that offer a wonderful escape for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts. The rugged beauty of this mountain range, along with its diverse flora and fauna, creates an unforgettable hiking experience that attracts adventure seekers from around the world.

The Hanthana Mountain Range was declared an environmental protection area in 2010, under the National Environment Act. The mountain range consists of seven peaks; and the fourth peak, Uura Kanda, is the highest, at 1150m. The most challenging peaks along the range are known as Katusu konda, since they resemble a lizard’s back. There are many trails with varying levels of difficulty, from moderate to extreme. The Hanatana Mountain Trails will take you through a landscape ranging from lush tropical forests, and tea plantations to open grasslands. As you ascend, pause and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and distant peaks, which provide a picturesque backdrop. The trails offer a great blend of tough terrain and serene surroundings, making it one of the best hiking places in Kandy, perfect for all skill levels.

Travellers can choose from a range of trails catering to different preferences and fitness levels. While some trails take one hour, others last three. One of the best routes is the Hantana Uragala Trail, known for its breathtaking summit views. Some of the sights you will witness from the summit include the Kandy city, Knuckles mountain range, and Sabaragamuwa hills. The longer trails are perfect for camping and backpacking trips as well. The trails also provide a glimpse into the local culture as you may encounter small villages along the way. Don't be surprised if you come across ancient temples or shrines hidden amidst the greenery, adding a cultural dimension to your hike.

The rich biodiversity along the Hantana Mountain Trails is what makes it one of the best attractions in Kandy for nature enthusiasts. The trails lead through dense forests that are home to a variety of plants and trees, including endemic species unique to Sri Lanka. Keep an eye out for vibrant orchids, exotic ferns, and towering trees that create a natural canopy. Birdwatchers will have a lot to be excited about, too, thanks to the diverse species that can be witnessed on this hiking experience.

Before embarking on your Hantana Mountain adventure, make sure that you go well-prepared. You will need sturdy hiking boots, a GPS device, and sufficient water and snacks. Sri Lanka's tropical climate means the weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers to accommodate temperature changes. It's best to hire a local guide who can provide valuable insights into the terrain and enhance your overall hiking experience.

Visitors to Hantana can explore the Kandy town and go sightseeing to discover more of its rich history. Some tourist places in Kandy off the beaten track include the Commonwealth War cemetery and the Kandy Museum. Accommodation within the town is easy to come by, and hotels in Kandy are some of the best in the country. Choose from luxury boutique hotels like the Jetwing Kandy Gallery, which provides high-class services including a butler service, spa, and swimming pool, set amidst lush natural surroundings.

Lace up your boots, and set off on the trails of Hantana to explore the beautiful Sri Lankan highlands.

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