Pitawala Pathana is a unique grassland of the Pathana type found in the Knuckles Conservation Forest in Sri Lanka. The grass cover of Pitawala Pathana covers an area of about 10 hectares and is covered with a thin layer of rock with a soft slope. The grass on this slope, which is about 10 cm high, gives the grass a velvety appearance. This area is located between Kandy and Matale districts. Many climbers and visitors make their journey to Pitawala Pathana every year. Therefore, it is considered an important eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka.
The entire Knuckles Mountain area is a World Heritage Site due to its unique biodiversity and wildlife. The weather and climate of Pitawala Pathana is a change during the year. Often it represents a humid and cold climate. The average rainfall in this area is between 3000 and 5000 mm. The average temperature during the year varies from 5.5 to 35 degrees Celsius. This is a great place to experience mountaineering and camping. The best time to visit this place is from December to April and you can expect less rain and fog during this time. A local guide or villager can help you find your way from the entrance to the meadow.
This grassland is located along Illukkumbura Road, Rattota. Which is accessible via the Kandy – Mathale road. And from Mathale you need to take the road which leads to Illukkumbura. From Colombo, it’s nearly 185km. And take roughly about 5.5 to 6hrs to reach Pitawala Pathana. Visitors can experience climate change on their way to the grassland. This is because the area receives rain throughout the year. It is therefore essential to dress appropriately. A raincoat is an essential item in your bag, so be sure to wear socks and shoes as it is full of leeches. Enough food and water to survive for a few hours and a few extra clothes will help you in case of heavy rain.
If you are camping the best place to do so is camping in the beautiful mountain range Knuckles. You can easily access all the trails, including Sara Falls, Pitawala Pathana, and the Mini World’s End. There are a large number of camping sites in the area. If you plan to camp, do not forget to bring food, water, tents, blankets, etc. This can be described as a place where you can capture some beautiful pictures.