Also known as Dumbara Hills, the Knuckles Range was so named by the British for its resemblance to the knuckles of a clenched fist. The range consists of five main peaks and several smaller ones, the highest of which is over 1,800 m.
A UNESCO World Heritage Conservation Area and a bio-diversity hotspot, the mountain range supports a wide range of flora and fauna. The vegetarian varies from dry evergreen forests to wet grasslands. These ecosystems support numerous animal species, such as deer, wild boar, langurs and even slender loris; as well as a rich variety of birds.
The knuckles Range is also a popular trekking designation. It is possible to wander unaccompanied, but for longer walks it is advisable to hire a guide. The walk begins through the lowlands, which are dotted with small villages, before winding through montane forest and past waterfalls. There are excellent vistas from the many viewpoints or from any of the peaks.