Colombo, April 9 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Police, on Monday launched search operations in the Knuckles mountain range, in the central hills of the island country, to locate seven trekkers who were reported missing since Sunday.
The police said one of those missing had contacted his relatives on Sunday evening and informed them that the group had lost their way inside the Knuckles forest.
The seven missing are residents of Homagama, located in the outskirts of Colombo.
Police said they had entered the Knuckles range on April 6.
The Knuckles mountain range, a World heritage Conservation Area, is one of Sri Lanka’s major nature attractions.
The reserve attracts hundreds of local and foreign tourists per year who visit the area to witness its natural waterfalls and for trekking.
The Knuckles range consists of rugged mountain peaks interspersed with streams and cascading waterfalls and covers an area of 18512 hectares.