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Let me take you around one of the most scenic sights in Sri Lanka, we will be covering Knuckles Mountain Range which is in the Matale District. Allow me to paint your canvas with beautiful waterfalls, mountains and the never ending blue sky. 
Before we start off let me breakdown the trip for you:
  • Bambarakira Ella Falls
  • Riverstons
  • Pithawala Pathana
  • Sera Ella

What you should pack for the trip:

  • Hiking Backpack 
  • Hiking shoes or Boots 
  • Plenty of water 
  • Snacks (sandwiches , biscuits , Energy Bars, Nuts etc.)
  • Appropriate Clothing. something suitable for the unpredictable weather; may it be wet, cold, or even muddy.
  • Power Bank and Cable 
  • Extra Pair of Clothes 
  • Bug/ Mosquito Repellent Cream/ Spray 
  • Leech Protection
  • Simple First Aid supplies

That’s it folks, now it’s time to head out.We started off with our journey after a heavenly breakfast from Clock Inn Kandy. We eagerly left at around 8am , wondering what the day has in store for us. This UNESCO world heritage sight , lies in central Sri Lanka , in the districts of Matale and Kandy. It’s a vast eco friendly mountain range, home to many birds, animals, trees, deep forests, waterfalls, tea estates and paddy fields .

On our way to Knuckles, we stopped by to enjoy the Bambara Kiri Ella Falls. It took us approximately 2 hours to reach this point. However, 2 hours flew by very fast , as we were so captivated by the scenic drive. Once we reached our destination it took us less than five minutes to reach the waterfalls.

Don’t forget to stop by one of the local stalls for a cup of Ginger Tea and Jaggery (a coarse dark brown sugar made in South Asia by evaporation of the sap of Kithul trees). I have to warn you , If you don’t have a sweet tooth like me, I would advice you to ask for the Ginger Tea without sugar , as the jaggery which compliments the tea is extremely sweet as well. But if you love sugar as much as I do, we could completely avoid asking for no sugar at all.

On to our next stop- Riverston!

Moving on! To get to the other side of the falls, we have to cross a Bridge, the bridge is slightly wobbly, but it’s also one of the best places to get an overall view of the entire area. The base pool is quite deep and slippery so it’s not recommendable to have a swim, however you can take a stroll to the upper pool. You must be extremely careful when you’re taking pictures or sight seeing as the area is extremely slippery and dangerous.

The climb up to Riverston we saw the busy civilization disappear behind us and we were greeted by the lush greenery and the best mother nature had to offer us; and we were more than ready to discover her secrets . Riverston is so rich in nature, you will be able to enjoy the feeling of fresh air on your face as the wind blows through your hair while you’re viewing one of the best sights in Sri Lanka.

Climb to the top of Pitawela Pathana

From Riverston we reached Pitawela Pathana in less than 30 minutes . The mere sight of the hills is captivating. This landmark is also known as the ” Mini World’s End “. The Hike up the rock took us less than 20 minutes, and we spent the rest of the day awe struck by the beauty around us.

Surrounded by the sunlight filtering through the wild sky, with flowers growing in her directions , we greatly enjoyed sightseeing at Pitawela Pathana .

Please be extremely cautious near the cliff ends when taking pictures or exploring as it can get quite steep, deep and dangerous.

On our way back to the entrance we took a rather adventurous route. There’s a pathway that makes you feel like your suddenly placed in the Jumanji movie, all you have to do is follow the yellow landmarks and you will make it out safely . A must try for all adrenaline junkies.

Sera Falls

After many turns to the left , we managed to reach our destination in approximately 20 minutes, from Pitawela Pathana. I recommend you asking for directions from the guard at Pitawela Pathana and keep getting updated through out the journey as it’s quite easy to get lost.

As you reach this point it is a 15 minutes walk down the stairs to get to the water falls. Once you reach the bottom of the stairway your path spilts into two, one leading towards a front view of the waterfalls, and another leading to a cave behind the waterfalls .

I personally found the cave behind the waterfall quite mesmerising, as it was quite amazing to experience the falls from behind. However, the main pool did not fail to disappoint as well. it was stunning. It’s a great place to take pictures and enjoy the view and watch millions of dragons flies fly around. You could take a dip in the pool and enjoy the cool waters. If you’re not that great at swimming I would advice you not to swim here as the waters are quite deep and unpredictable.

And with that our expedition came to an end. We decided to call it a day by relaxing, sitting shoulder to shoulder enjoying a cup of Beli drink ( the tea is made from the Beli flower ) and a quick snack of Rotti ( a round flatbread made from wholemeal flour),and Sambol ( a spicy paste ) as the locals call it. We were every happy with what we got to hear, see, taste and experience; realizing for even the simplest things contain magic.

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