Pitawala Pathana

Pitawala Pathana
Pitawala Pathana (Sinhala: පිටවල පතන) is a unique grassland located in the Knuckles Conservation Forest, in Matale District, Sri Lanka. It is situated close to the Riverston and the edge of Knuckles Mountain which is on the way of Matale - Illukkubura road (Siriwardana, 2019).

The grassland extends over an area of about 26 hectares of a gently sloping rock terrain covered with a thin soil layer (Senanayake et al., 2019; Siriwardana, 2019). The terrain in some areas is rocky, with a patchy grass cover (Senanayake et al., 2019). Several isolated short trees and shrubs are found scattered through the grassland. The landscape of Pitawala Pathana somewhat resembles that of Horton Plains National Park and as its precipice to Mini World’s End (Siriwardana, 2019).

Mini World’s End Pitawala Pathana
1) Pitawala Plains trail by Aldshakya is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1) Senanayake, U.I., Siriwardana, S., Weerakoon, D.K. and Wijesinghe, M.R., 2019. Combating Extreme Tropical Seasonality: Use of rock crevices by the critically endangered frog Nannophrys marmorata in Sri Lanka. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14(1). pp.261–268.
2) Siriwardana, S.H.S.M., 2019. Potentials for promoting ecotourism in Knuckles mountain range, Sri Lanka: as a sustainable solution for environmental degradation. KALAM - International Research Journal Faculty of Arts and Culture, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.

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This page was last updated on 3 July 2023
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