The Hanthana Mountains with Johann Peries
by Tharushan Fernando, and Thuvaaragan Kirithiran
A remarkable expedition through the picturesque Hanthana Mountain Range with the extraordinary Johann Peries, taking on mystical forests, tea fields and breathtaking views.
If you're looking for an exhilarating hiking adventure, look no further than the Hanthana Mountain range in Sri Lanka. This stunning landscape boasts mystical forests, rolling green fields of tea, and breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. And when you have someone like Johann Peries, a renowned adventurer who has conquered many a mountain monoliths, as your hiking companion, you know it's going to be an experience of a lifetime.
W15 Hanthana recently hosted Johann Peries as he embarked on a 4-5 hour hike through the Hanthana Mountain range. Starting from the back of the W15 Hanthana property, the trail winds up through thick forestry, with the sounds of birds keeping you company.
As you start your hike, you'll find yourself surrounded by lush forestry and the greenery of the tea estates. The trail is well-defined and takes you through a narrow path that winds up the mountain. The thick forestry provides a natural canopy, offering a shaded and cool environment throughout most points of the hike.
The wilderness that you'll encounter is not only dense but also diverse in flora and fauna. You can spot a variety of plants, which are endemic to the area. The trail also offers an opportunity to see many species of birds and creatures that call the Hanthana Mountain to range their home.
Reaching the first peak of the Hanthana Mountain range is an awe-inspiring moment that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. As you approach the summit, you'll notice that the wind starts to pick up, adding to the thrill of the hike. The wind is invigorating, and it's a refreshing change from the humidity of the lower elevations.
Once you reach the peak, you'll be rewarded with an incredible view that spans across a vast area on either side of the mountain range. The view is simply mesmerizing, and you'll find yourself captivated by the beauty of the landscape. The lush green forests, the rolling hills of tea plantations, and the winding roads snaking through the valley are all visible from this vantage point.
As you take a much-needed break and indulge in some freshly baked pastries and a cup of tea, you'll find yourself in awe of the view. The peacefulness of the area and the natural beauty around you are simply breathtaking. The summit is the perfect spot to soak in the view and reflect on the journey you've taken so far.
While you're enjoying your refreshments, you might even spot eagles soaring and gliding across the skies. These majestic birds are an elegant sight, and their gracefulness and agility in the air are simply remarkable. Watching them in their natural habitat is a truly unforgettable encounter.
Johann Peries went on to express his thoughts on the beauty of the Hanthana Mountain range. "What a way to spend the weekend; what more could you ask for," he said. His presence elevated an experience that was already bound to bring a thrilling sense of adventure to those taking on the trail through the Hanthana Mountain range.
From the majestic summit of Hanthana, you traverse the windswept ridge that stretches high above the clouds, leading you towards the towering telephone mast that crowns one of the peaks.
Descending from this lofty perch, you plunge into the verdant embrace of the forest, winding your way through the emerald foliage until the towers themselves loom into view once more. As you leave the metal giants behind, the path begins to slope downwards, carrying you past a scattering of travellers who have also dared to tread this rugged terrain.
For those who love hiking and adventure, the Hanthana Mountain range is a must-visit destination. And with W15 Hanthana as your starting point, you can embark on a journey that will leave you captivated by the beauty of the hills of paradise.
Tharushan FernandoContent Creator
Former journalist, copywriter, concept developer and digital media professional. Has been in the field of professional writing for over 10 years, with experience in a variety of industries, including advertising, content writing and news. He is currently working as the content writer for Steradian Capital Investments and W15 Collection.
Professional photographer who specializes in travel, people, editorial, real estate and interior photography, with a further focus on branding and art direction. He also has a passion for wildlife and fashion photography. He is currently the in-house photographer for The W15 Collection and Steradian Capital Investments (Pvt) Ltd and a member of the Jaffna Photography Society.
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