Hanthana Mountain Range in Kandy District

Hanthana Mountain Range is a popular travel destination among young travelers in Sri Lanka. Most universities and institutes choose this place as their batch trip. You can see this mountain range once you visit Kandy city. It gives uniqueness and protection to the entire city.

Peradeniya University is situated very close to this mountain range. So, the name “Hantana’ has become a popular word in a few songs in Sri Lankan music. Hanthana Mountain Range was declared as an environmental protection area under the Environmental Act in 2010. Furthermore, it has seven peaks. Among them, the highest elevation point is called “Ura Kanda” or “Ura Gala” and has an elevation of 1240m.

 

Location

Hanthana Mountain Range belongs to the Kandy District of the Central Province. You can observe the entire range once you travel from Peradeniya to Delthota. Located in the South-West, it’s not far from Kandy City. There are four major routes to reach it:

  • Sarasavigama–Peradeniya
  • Sarasavigama–Makanda
  • Galaha-Delthota 
  • Route Hanthana-Uduwela

Among those four, the Hanthana-Uduwela route is the easiest one. It’s ideal to choose the next three routes if you love long treks and hiking. Covering all of the seven peaks is not an easy task in a day. Beginning from the first peak, you have to trek a long distance to reach the last mountain of ‘Uragala’.

 

Climate

Hanthana Mountain Range and its surrounding area receive an average annual rainfall of 2500mm. Normally, the May–September period is considered the rainy season for the entire Kandy area. Anyhow, rain can happen at any time of the year. On rainy days, you cannot see Hanthana clearly because the mist covers the entire range.

The temperature is somewhat cool on the top of the hills. The average annual temperature is about 21C. You can also experience a huge blowing wind on the top.

 

Katusu Konda

Katusu Konda, or someone called “Knife-edge”, is a special travelling attraction in the Hanthana Mountain Range. It is a rocky surface that looks like the “back of the lizard”. That’s why it’s called “Katusu Konda.” It has a narrow footpath on the edge of a large rock. It’s a dangerous activity to walk along it. It is more suitable for those who love adventure activities. Normally, you can experience a huge wind blowing through this place.

 

Other Facts About the Hanthana Mountain Range

  • Hanthana is a water source for many small rivers. Some of them are Gerandi Oya, Mana Oya, Golla Oya, Dhodam Oya, and Kuda Oya. These little rivers then join with the Mahaweli River.
  • On Hanthana Mountain, you can see a few radio and television towers.Its transmission center for the entire central province is
  • The place is also ideal for camping and bird watching.
  • Ambuluwawa, Peacock Hills, Kukulagala, Alagalla, Bathalegala, Knuckles Mountain Range, Pettigala and Dolosbage are some of the peaks that you can observe from the top of the Hanthana.
  • Most parts of the mountain range are covered with Mana Bushes. But there is some forest cover.

 

Hanthana Guide

Are you planning on taking guide to your next hanthana trip? If so, the Zen Adventures team is waiting to guide you. You can contact them with the mobile number below;

071 0857333 – Kalana

 

Our Trip to Hanthana Mountain Range

We arranged a hike to Hanthana in 2019 with the four members of the team. Our route started from the Uduwela. There was a tea estate and a tea center near the starting point of our journey. It took one hour to reach the first peak. We first saw radio towers. But we never stopped there and followed the footpath until we came to a place with a beautiful view. We stayed a few hours in the middle of the mountain range. But we missed the Katusu Konda during that trip due to lack of time. However, it was a very enjoyable trip with a little bit of fatigue.

 

Things to Consider Before You Go

  • There is no water source to take drinking water from. So, please bring 2 liters of water for drinking.
  • Rainy days are misty. So, be prepared for it.
  • It’s better if you can get leach protection.
  • Busses are available on all four routes.
  • Camping is not ideal work. Try to finish your trip within a day.
  • There are so many hotels around the Hanthana Mountain range. You can book any one of them to stay there.
  • Don’t pollute the place with polythyne and plastics.

 

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