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“Heaven on earth” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Knuckles Conservation Forest

Knuckles Conservation Forest
Sri Lanka
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Ranked #124 of 407 Attractions in Sri Lanka
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Auckland, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
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“Heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Had a wonderful vacation with my friends at Illukkubura, Riverston. It was an experience which speaks for ever.

We booked a camping site and everything was arranged for us. We did not have any kind of luxury but the lesson and experience gained worth more than anything.

One Mr. Wasantha local villager who arranged the camp site and food for us at his house. Very nice guy and very helpful. The villagers are very kind and they helped us a lot. The beauty of them is they don't do this for money. They welcome and treat you like one of them. The majority of the villagers are farmers and coming from a poor background but they're rich in sharing they're food with us.

The place is heavy wind and in the night we felt like the tents will go off. Beautiful surrounding and safe river bath.

planning to go again since I miss that place.

Visited July 2012
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“Remote and beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

We stayed at Sir John's Bungalow in Laggala. It is a 100 year old planter's bungalow with 5 bedrooms and attached toilets. The mist is so thick and it literally gets swept into the room with the wind.

On the 2nd day we went on a 16Km trek to Manigala. It took us 6 hours, but well worth the effort and pains after. Remember to wear water proof shoes or slippers which would keep your feet dry. Take a bottle of lime/ antiseptic or balm to keep the leeches away. Wear light cotton clothes and take a rain coat with you, and a bottle of water.

On the 2nd day we visited Sera Ella, where you can walk to the back of the waterfall. Unless you have a vehicle with high road clearance, you would need to park approx 2Kms away and walk to the falls.

Pitawala Pathana and Worlds end is on the way to Laggala. But due to the rainy/ misty weather (and the leeches) we did not get down.

There is also an easy trail up to the VHF tower where on a clear day the view is supposedly good.

The highlight of the trip was the trail to Manigala through the terraced paddy fields and a remote village called Etanwala where there are only 40 families. One of us lost a slipper while wading through a stream and we got a worn pair from a villager who refused to take any kind of payment! The views on top of Manigala is amazing. Take a tracker to avoid getting lost or shooing the rare wild buffaloes on the path!

Visited February 2012
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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“great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2010

Through easten entrnce to the knuckles rang from Hunasgiriya town, through Loolwatta its a beutiful viwe. you can go to mini worlds end from Deenston(hunnasgiriya loolwatta road) its a great viwe of lakes of mahiyangana and east erae. There are 4,5 small good hotels with reasonable rates. you can treak through forest with local gides from forest department.

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