A guide to trekking Sri Lanka’s tea hills

Trekking in Sri Lanka’s hill country is one of the highlights of any Sri Lanka holiday. Whether you want a gentle stroll through the tea fields or a challenging trek to a sensational viewpoint, there is a hiking trail in Sri Lanka for you. Here is our guide to trekking Sri Lanka’s tea hills:

1. For gentle walking routes…

Try Hatton. Beautiful boutique bungalows in a variety of scenic locations offer easy walks around the local tea estates, with the picturesque backdrop of Castlereagh Lake. You can also go on strolls to nearby waterfalls for leisurely private picnics.

2. For escapism and adventure…

We recommend Koslanda. Away from the typical tourist hotspots, this area on the south-eastern edge of Sri Lanka’s hills has stunning views, pockets of wildlife-filled woodland and endless cascading waterfalls, in addition to rolling tea estates. Bonus: Lipton’s Seat, favourite viewpoint of Sir Thomas Lipton, is nearby.

3. For moderately challenging treks…

It has to be Ella. Climb Little Adam’s Peak for awe-inspiring views across the Ella Gap or try something more strenuous and traverse the iconic Ella Rock. Other highlights of Ella are the buzzing high street with varied restaurants, cooking classes and tea tasting at Amba Estate and historic Ravana Falls.

4. For the best views…

It is a tough choice, but we think Nuwara Eliya tops the list. As it lies fairly centrally at the highest point in Sri Lanka’s hills, it commands sensational panoramas across the landscape, most particularly from the World’s End viewpoint at Horton Plains National Park.

5. For serious hikers…

Look no further than Adam’s Peak. This sacred pilgrimage is made by thousands of devotees each year. Join them between December and March as they ascend the peak in darkness to reach the top in time to witness one of the most sensational sunrises in all Asia.