The Knuckles Range is characterised by its striking landscapes often robed in thick layers of cloud. The area comprises of 34 clearly identified ranges within 62 square miles, and 3000-6500 feet in height. In addition to its aesthetic value, the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic capsule of the rest of Sri Lanka. The conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited here. Its forested peaks harbour a variety of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island’s total area it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity. The Knuckles Range has been declared a ‘National Heritage and Wilderness Area’.
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