This trail begins in Kotagala, deep in Sri Lanka’s tea country. The trail winds its way past Chrysler’s Farm Tea Factory, a colonial-era tea factory built in 1870, with its bright blue roof contrasting against the verdant green tea bushes making it hard to miss.
You will climb a hill where you can look down on the hill town of Hatton. You will encounter Singamalai Lake, a small lake that provides all the drinking water for Hatton and the surrounding villages. It also makes for a great picnic spot!
Prepare yourself for a series of pathways through rolling hills of green tea and a view of the emerald Castlereigh Reservoir in the Bogawantalawa Valley. The trail also passes by one of Sri Lanka’s oldest planters club, the Darawella Club, which is well worth a short stop or visit.
Walking along the tops or the sides of the valleys, you will pass numerous brightly colored line rooms (tea workers’ terraced housing) replete with both Hindu Kovils and Christian churches.
On the latter part of the trail, you begin to climb down, meandering through tea estate paths till you reach the end of the stage in the town of Norwood.