The Hanthana mountain range in Kandy is popular with hikers, campers, bird watchers and anyone who enjoys being close to nature in any form. The visual beauty and calm of these mountains have also been lyricised by local songwriters. The Mahaweli river is fed by freshwater springs on the western end of Hanthana, and the Mahaweli's tributaries separate the range's various hills. There are seven unique peaks in total, with Ura Kanda being the highest.
From the heights of these hills, excellent views of Kandy city, the Knuckles range, the Aranayake Dolosbage range and the hills of the Sabaragamuwa region can be seen. Through the greens the "Tower Peaks" trails not only gives a beautiful view over the Kandy city, but also take hikers through the Gannoruwa Agrotechnology Park. The Hanthana mountain range is a home to a wide variety of indigenous wildlife, where Sri Lankan government has designated the area as a protected nature reserve. Fishing cats, civets, wild boars, hares, monkeys, leopards, foxes, hedgehogs and even raptors are just a few of the wildlife that call the Hanthana hills home. The Mountain Range is a great place to go bird watching, as it has over 120 different species of birds, some of which are native to the area.