The Hanthana Mountain Range stretches from Kandy to Galaha in the Kandy District and is located southwest of Kandy. This mountain range consisting of 7 mountain ranges is very popular among tourists from home and abroad. As such, many poems and songs have been written about this mountain range. There are several ways to reach the top of the Hanthana Mountain Range which can be climbed without much effort.
Situated close to the city of Kandy in the central highlands, the Athi Hanthana Range is one of the most beautiful mountains in Sri Lanka. It is separated from the tributary valleys of the Mahaweli River by 1240 m above sea level. This is a catchment area of the Mahaweli River. It provides water to many tributaries such as Garadi Oya, Maha Oya, Golla Oya, Dodam Oya and Kuda Oya which flow through the mountain range.
There are four ways to enter this mountain range
- Access to Sri Lanka Airwagon Corporation Broadcasting Station
- Falling road through Udawalawe Hanthan Tea Estate
- The road that runs through Mahakanda University
- It can fall through Peradeniya and enter the town of Deltota on the Galaha-Deltota road
The highest mountain in the range is Ura Kanda and the Hanthana Range is a very important catchment area of the Mahaweli River. The entire city of Kandy can be seen from this peak which is about 3700 feet above sea level. The Mahaweli River which flows side by side and the Ambuluwawa, Alagalla and Batalegala mountain ranges can be easily seen.
The Hanthana Mountain Range is located in the middle wetlands of the central highlands, with an annual rainfall of about 2000 mm throughout the year. The southwest is fed by the northeast monsoon. So the temperature here is between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius.