Explorer by MahooraExplorer by Mahoora Trekking in the Knuckles Mountain Range

2 nights/ 3 days

Explorer by Mahoora is a highly unique and immersive experience of living with untamed Sri Lankan wildlife inside National Parks, Nature Reserves or on the borders of National parks/ Nature reserves across the country. Our Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Knuckles Mountain range is a surreal escape from city life - to live and breath the fresh mountain air.

Knu01The tented accommodation, set amongst a canopy of tall trees hides the sharp rays of the sun, giving a sense of privacy and seclusion. As the rain spatters, at times tropical downpours, you will hear a melody of songs from frogs that are in hiding. The sounds of the water gushing in the adjoining river is therapeutic.

Truly private and relaxing atmosphere of the campsite gives you the kind of ambience that bites perfectly into the delectability of Chef’s special for the day.  The culinary experience includes a few specialities that have been firm favourites of the locals for generations. Our Special Herbal porridge, made with three herbs, is based on an age old recipe that the locals swear by for good health and vitality.

Explorer by Mahoora is for the adventurer who is looking for a sense of comfort and glamour in the midst of the wilderness.  The tent (15.6’x 8’) comes with a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom along with a private veranda/porch outside the tent.

Day 1: Arrival in Knuckles

Schedule for Day 1

  • Knu02Arrival at pre agreed meeting point at 12.30 hrs

  • Check into the Explorer by Mahoora

  • Lunch

  • Trail

There are three half a day trails  ( Satiny Falls, Forgotten Village, Misty valley  that you can select from based on the weather conditions and availability of time)

  • Return to Explore by Mahoora Campsite for Dinner

Day 2: Half a day at Explorer by Mahoora in Knuckles

Schedule for Day 2

  • An early breakfast

  • Full Day trail

There are number of  full day trails : Elephant’s head Misty valley  that you can select from based on the weather conditions , availability of time and references of guests.

  • Back to the campsite by evening

  • A dip in the river or just relax

  • Dinner around the campfire


Day 3: Departure - Explorer by Mahoora in Knuckles

Schedule for Day 3

  • Relax at the campsite and enjoy breakfast prior to departure

-End of Tour-


Walking Trails

Walking trails are the best way to explore the beauty of the Misty Mountains, Knuckles Range. We have painstakingly developed a number of trails for the faint hearted  travellers as well those who seek the thrill and fascination to explore greater heights.



Fact Sheet - Explorer by Mahoora
  • Knu06A tent (15.6’x8’) with accommodation, an en-suite bathroom, and a veranda/porch.

  • Tented accommodation with raised beds with freshly laundered bed linen and a bedside table.

  • Fully-sealed tent with ventilation nets.

  • Veranda/porch is equipped with a shoe rack, two foldable arm chairs and a small coffee table.

  • One rechargeable table top fan is provided in the bedroom tent.

  • A rechargeable lantern is provided for illumination.  
En-Suite Bathroom
  • En-suite flushable toilet with pipe-borne water, wash basin, and shower area.

  • Toiletries on complimentary basis.

Trekking & Trails
  • Knu09All entry permits and government taxes for the entire stay, are taken care of.

  • Vehicle transfers for trails are included.

  • A guide is provided for trails and trekking.

  • Complimentary picnic, including water and snacks for trails, will be provided.

  • Full day trails start from the camp after an early breakfast - 8.00 a.m. and finish by around 4.00 p.m.

  • Half Day trails that are scheduled for mornings will end by late afternoon and lunch will be served at the Campsite. Half Day afternoon trails begin after lunch and continue till dusk when guests return for a late tea around 6.30 p.m. followed by  dinner.

Food & Beverage Service
  • Knu04Pre-dinner wine and beer around the campfire.

  • For breakfast, Continental and Sri Lankan dishes including fresh juices are available.

  • Freshly prepared Sri Lankan lunch at the Camp.

  • Five course dinner menu with signature dishes including a BBQ around the campfire.

  • Unlimited tea/coffee, fresh fruits, snacks, juices, soft drinks, and water will be provided.

Attire & Necessities
  • Attire that facilitates climbing and trail walks are recommended.

  • Sunscreen and insect repellents  are necessary items to carry.

  • Leech socks and raincoats are provided however you may carry your own.

  • The nights and early morning hours in Knuckles Mountain Range can get chilly, therefore you are advised to carry light jackets to keep yourself warm.

  • A light backpack to carry on the trails.

Campsite/Lounge/Common Area
  •  Special dinner settings in the camp are arranged. Each meal will be given at a carefully selected location with a unique illuminated setting.
  • Snacks are provided at the lounge/common area.

  • Emergency phones are provided per tent (on signal availability).

  • Limited opportunities for charging mobiles, laptop and digital camera charging. Clients are advised to have stand by options.

Family Tent Arrangement
  • Children of any age are welcome.

  • Only one extra bed can be accommodated in a Tent [Totaling a maximum of 3 single beds]

  • Please refer to the child policy in the rate card for the rates and supplements.

  • If there are 2 or more children where 50% of the per person adult rate is applicable, an additional tent will be provided at an extra charge.

Please Note
  • Air-conditioning is not available.

  • Phone signal availability – subject to the area and the service provider

  • Distance from cities - by road

    • Kandy -     64 km - travel time  2 hrs 45 mins

    • Matale -     38 km - travel time - 1 hr 45 mins

    • Dambulla               - 63 km - travel time  - 2 hrs

    • Nuwaraeliya -   162 km - travel time - 4 hrs

    • Galoya               - 136 km - travel time -  3 hrs

    • Mahiyanganaya            - 66 km - Travel time -  1 hr 45 mins

    • Polonnaruwa -    84 km - travel time    - 2 hrs 15 mins




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B E S T   R A T E S   G U A R A N T E E D !


Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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