Hanthana Mountain Range


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Transportation: Bus, walk

Duration: One day
Hanthana mountain range is in the Central province, Sri Lanka; stretched out between Udawela and Nillambe. As this is a mountain range there are several paths for hiking.

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Route 1:

route1-hanthanaDifficulty Level : Moderate

The path considered as the longest lies between the two ends of the range, Sarasavigama and Udawela.There are buses from Kandy to Sarasavigama which is a 12.5 kms ride. Then the way to the bottom of the mountain can be found through a tea estate and a housing area of tea estate workers. The start is a head high undergrowth of trees and then a small forest of eucalyptus can be found. When traveling in this route, there is a high possibility of getting lost in the small jungles which are all along the way since there is not even a foot path. A hiker must be aware of the jungles between each peak of the mountain and the weather as sudden thick mist can lead to lost the way very easily.

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Route 2:
route2 -hanthanaDifficulty Level : Normal

There is a small path which is the most common route among hikers, between Upper hanthana circuit bunglow of university of Peradeniya and Udawela. In that route the probability of facing difficulties are less because there is an identifiable path created due to foot steps of frequent visitors and only few jungles are there to be crossed. One must Travel from Kandy to near Wijewardhana hall of residence of University of Peradeniya (which is also in the Kandy – Sarasavigama Road) which is around 6.5 kms. Then can walk along the Udaperadeniya road to upper hanthana road junction or Use Kandy – Udaperadeniya buses directly. There is a few kilometer walk from the Udaperadeniya-Upper hanthana road junction to the Upper hanthana Bunglow. From there onwards the path is clear and easy to follow.

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Route 3:
route3 -hanthanaDifficulty Level : Normal

There is a another common route which is most frequently used by scouts for Annual J.J.P. Dehigama Memorial Hike which starts from “Amaya Hills” Hotel. There are Kandy – Dangolla buses to go near “Amaya Hills”. There is a good gravel road for about two kilometers to a monastery of Buddhist monks. Then have to hike along a waterfall to reach to the peak of a mountain.

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Route 4:

route4 -hanthanaDifficulty Level : Hard

One can travel from Kandy to near Wijewardena hall of residence and start walking along Udaperadeniya road until the Farm maintained by University of Peradeniya. Then a pathway can be found towards a stream. Then can hike along the stream up to a mountain peak but there is no identifiable path so has to create one of your own. This route has the highest risk and also will lost very easily. This route is not recommended for travelers with lack of experience and lack of knowledge abo    ut the location.

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Route5:

route5 -hanthanaDifficulty Level : Hard

Although Sarasavigama – Udawela is considered as the longest route, longest route lies between Nillambe (Nillambe meditation center) and Udawela. Since i haven’t used that route and even didn’t heard about anyone who traveled in that route, guess that also should be a very risky path where most probably the hiker has to create his own route.

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