Another attractive place you can visit in central province is Hanthana Mountain Range which is near to Kandy. The Hanthana Conservation Forest is another name for the mountain range where you can experience the Sri Lanka’s bio diversity very purely. This is governed by Department of Forest Conservation. Under the National Environmental Act, the Hanthana mountain Range was published as an environmental protection area in 2010. There are 7 mountains in the mountain range and the maximum height is 3800 ft. The highest mountain is known as Uura Kanda. The mountain range is very popular among the mountain hikers in Sri Lanka as well as the foreign visitors. Annually a number of visitors are coming to Hanthana mountain range and collecting beautiful memories for their lives. Don’t forget to bring your camera when you are visiting Hanthana since in there also you can see the glory of the Sri Lanka’s nature. Not only the birds and butterflies but also you can see various types of wild flowers, insects, wild trees and many more things.
Hanthana is starting to spread from Kandy and there are many natural streams which begins to flow from there. Visitors can obviously enjoy these natural streams with pure water. There is a well-known stream which is flowing to Udaperadeniya and University of Peradeniya. The Hanthana mountain range is spacing from Galaha to Kandy by creating a glorious natural wonderland. “Katusukonda” mountain is the most dangerous peak to hike and it is the last of the Hanthana mountain range. It’s better to start hiking the mountain range from Nilambe Meditation Center side and you can complete the adventure tour from Kandy area if you are planning to hike whole mountain range. The peak of the mountain range is obviously consisting with very cold weather with winds. When you reached to the peak, you will see a vast area of the central province and you will realize how beautiful this area is. Annually the local university students are visiting here as their first batch trip and collecting memories for their youth spirits.
University of Peradeniya is located adjoining with Hanthana mountain range. This is called the most beautiful university of Sri Lanka as it has the touch of Hanthana Mountains and its attractive environment. This environment creates an ideal place for the students to engage with their activities and they can easily concentrate to their studies. There are faculties such as Medical, Engineering, Bio, Physical, Art, Management and there is an IT faculty too. Annually over 1000 of students are entering to the Peradeniya University. There is a natural theater called Sarathchandra open air theater which was opened in 1957 with a performance of Maname drama By Sarathchandra. Even today the university students are using that theater for their social activities such as drama performing, other entertaining activities, etc.