The Pekoe Trail: Stage 6

Watagoda ⇌ Kotagala
An easy walk through deep tea country

STAGE IS CLOSED – Stage is officially closed due to safety or entrance restrictions.
STAGE NOT YET OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED – not fully audited for signage and trail conditions, not actively maintained.
STAGE IS OPEN – signage in place and trail conditions actively monitored.

You begin this stage at the Watagoda Train station, which continues past highland lakes and towards a wonderful banyan tree with an idyllic little stream running beside it. Your journey then stretches onto classic tea trails towards the Holyrood Estate. While walking, keep an eye out for a sign at a warehouse that reads “did you hug a tree today”.

Walk across small village streets and railway lines towards Talawakelle town, the center of the Dimbula tea planting district, which is de facto, the largest growing tea area in Sri Lanka.

Key Points
  • Watagoda Train Station

  • Holyrood Tea Estate

  • Brightly coloured hindu kovils

  • Talawakelle Tea Estate

  • Small hillocks

  • Views of picture-postcard tea valleys

Once you leave Talawakelle, you will weave up, down, and across small valleys connecting little hamlets. This part feels like a fairy-tale, a bit like “The Shire” in Lord of the Rings. Climb up more hills where you can feast your eyes on views of glorious tea country. If you look closely at the formation of the mountains around, you can make out the contour of the Nanu Oya river you just crossed in Talawakelle. The trail ends at Kotagala.

Top attractions along Stage 6 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest around the towns of Watagoda and Kotagala.

Immersive experiences around the hilltowns of Watagoda and Kotagala

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences exploring temples, tea factories, and an exhilarating train ride.

Other Stages to Explore

Hill Towns and Cities along The Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail winds its way across some of the most spectacular towns and cities in Sri Lanka’s central highlands. Make a pit stop in the tea country and explore these charming tea country towns each with their own unique landscape, attractions, and experiences.