The vehicle follows a winding scenic road carved through the Knuckles range. The unfolding scenery on either side blends grassy plains with cultivated land and steeply rising peaks swathed in mist. The winding road ceases abruptly and the Knuckles Valley, stretches out before you, its deep sense of isolation and beauty seemingly untouched by the passage of time. It is easy to see why this is Sri Lanka’s Forgotten Valley. 

The Knuckles takes its name from a cluster of five peaks resembling the knuckles of a clenched fist. Spanning the districts of Kandy and Matale, the mountain range is an important watershed, with several streams draining east into the lower Mahaweli system. The Knuckles forest region features a truly spectacular collection of peaks, reaching as high as 1900 metres, and an eco system that harbours diverse plant and animal life due to varying temperatures and rainfall. The vegetation at different altitudes includes Montane, Sub-montane, Semi-evergreen and riverine forest as well as Patana grasslands. The Knuckles is home to 17 of the 26 species of bird endemic to Sri Lanka, with Deer, Elephant, Wild Boar and Leopard among the 31 species of mammals found in the Knuckles forest region.