Pitawala 'Pathana/Plain' is the unique grassland found in the Knuckles Conservation Forest, Sri Lanka. This pathana has a great ecological value. Pitawala Pathana/Plain situated close to the Riverstone and edge of Knuckles Mountain Reservation which is on the way of Matale - Ilukkumbura road. It is about 5km away from the “Naturee Riverstone River Cottage”. The area is covered by mist in most of the times. Most of the travelers go to Reverstone and return without going to Pitawala 'Pathana/Plain' which is just 5Kms from Riverstone Mountain. The area is really eye catching and do not miss to visit the breathtaking Mini World's End. In Pitawala 'Pathana/Plain' a grass cover spreads over an area of about 10 ha of a gently sloping rock slab covered with just a thin soil layer. The turf grass of about 10 cm in height gives a velvety appearance to this sloping expanse of grassland. Isolated and scattered trees and shrubs could be seen. Many endemic plant and animal species are found. The Pitawala 'Pathana/Plain' ends in a sheer drop. It is certainly nerve wracking to glimpse into the depths, hundreds of meters below, yet a visit to the plains will not be complete without the visitor having taken in the beauty of the valley below from that vantage. The landscape somewhat resembles that of Horton Plains and as does its precipice to Mini world’s end.

Pitawala 'Pathana/Plain' is home to two endemic species. One is a frog known as Dumbara Galpara Mediya and the other is Pathan Ala, a type of grass. There are also many carnivorous plants that trap unwary insects.

The soil in the plains is not very rich in nutrients and thus certain plants have adapted to find the required nutrients from insects. Kadulessa, one such carnivorous plant species, has a sticky serum that traps unwary insects.

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