The Pekoe Trail: Stage 9

Bogawantalawa ⇌ Dayagama
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 stage begins in the town of Bogawantalawa, which gives name to the entire valley. The Bogawantalawa valley is home to legendary tea estates such as Norwood and Kew and surrounded by mountains shrouded in mist and emerald landscapes.

On the trail, you will pass the Bogawana Tea Factory, a colonial-era tea factory built in 1891. You will see a rocky ‘v’ shaped mountain pass ahead of you called the “Jacobs Ladder”, which feels like a gateway to another world. The landscape changes dramatically on the trail from tea plantations to undisturbed grasslands and on towards the hills of the hidden Bopaththalawa valley.

Key Points
  • Bogawana Tea Factory

  • Jacob’s Ladder

  • Mountain passes

  • Dairy farms

  • Eucalyptus forest

The stage also takes you past the two dairy farms in the valley, Manik Palama and the Bopaththalawa Farm. Prepare yourself for a rewarding walk along a forest track surrounded by towering eucalyptus trees that eventually lead you to the end of the stage in Dayagama, a small village of the Agarapatana Valley, one of the most remote and inaccessible valleys in the tea country.

Top attractions along Stage 9 of The Pekoe Trail

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

Immersive experiences around the hilltowns of Kotagala to Norwood

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences exploring Sri Lanka’s mist-laden cloud forest: Horton Plains National Park.

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.