The Pekoe Trail: Stage 8

Norwood ⇌ Bogawantalawa
A moderate walk through the heart of 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.

This trail begins in Norwood, the gateway to the Bogawantalawa Valley - also known as the ‘Golden Valley of Tea’. On your walk, you climb up towards a ridge that separates the Bogawantalawa Valley and the Maskeliya Valley, considered one of the most beautiful valleys in the tea country, which is also home to the sacred summit of Adam’s Peak.

From the top of the ridge, zig zag your way to Norwood Estate where you will enjoy wonderful views of the Maskeliya side and catch a glimpse of Adam’s Peak across the lake.

Key Points
  • Views of Adam’s peak

  • Norwood Tea Estate

  • Kew Estate

  • Bogawantalawa Valley

  • Churches, temples, and kovils

The Pekoe Trail hiking map for stage 08 - Norwood - Bogawantalawa

On the second part of the trek, as you descend to the Bogawantalawa Valley, you will follow small trails that lead to the Kew Estate. Look out for the colonial-era tea factory here. You can expect views of the beautiful countryside towards Bogawantalawa town, past bountiful tea fields, village roads, as well a very picturesque church, hindu kovils, and a charming cottage. The stage ends in Bogawantalawa, the town that gives name to the entire valley and is surrounded by mountains shrouded in mist and emerald landscapes.

Top attractions along Stage 8 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Norwood to Bogawantalawa.

Immersive experiences around the hilltowns of Kotagala to Norwood

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences exploring tea factories, sprawling tea estates and climbing Sri Lanka’s most iconic mountain.

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.