270 degree - panorama from "Mini World's End"
No, this article is not about the Deanston Distillery in the village of the same name right in the middle of Scotland. There is another Deanston surrounded by rough highlands right in the centre of our tropical island.
Sri Lanka’s Deanston is the location of a Forest Department Conservation Centre. It is also called Knuckles Information Centre. Only few foreign tourists have visited Deanston until now, some cross it on their way to Corbett’s Gap and Meemure, Sri Lanka’s best trekking area. Deanston is worth a stop, for a hike to a place called Mini World’s End. Hikers will not get lost here, there is only one path (crossing one fence by a ladder), and s signboard at the road and the Information centre says: It is in 1,1 km distance. However, the round trip will be of 4 km length altogether.
The name “Mini World’s End” is misleading. “Big” and “Little World’s End” are quite famous viewpoints at Horton Plains in the very south of the hillcountry. These two more famous pocket guide “World’s Ends” are 120 km away from Deanston and the “World’s End” at Deanston is not at all “mini”. It is simply great and breathtaking. The cliff is not as high as at Horton Plains, but the view is much wider, a 270 degree panorama.
The road distance from Kandy is about 60 km, this means 160 km from Colombo. From Kandy you have to take the A26 mainroad to Mahiyangana via Tedeniya. At the highest point of the mountain road, at Hunnasgiriya, you have to take the side road leading to Corbett’s Gap and Meemure. Only the first 10 kilometres are in a good condition. So you have good luck, Deanston is in only 8 kilometres dsitance from Hunnasgiriya. So it’s easy to visit it on the way from Kandy to Mahiyangana town or Maduru Oya National park. 2 hours more is enough for this highly recommendable detour.
Teem sightseeinglanka can arrange accommodation for you in this area, too, among villagers in Meemure or - permission of the Forest Department is required - on a camp side close to Deanston, at the other side of the road, also offering exciting views - and additionally a waterfall at the trail to Dothalugala Peak.
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