The Pekoe Trail: Stage 17

Demodara ⇌ Hali Ela
A moderate walk through the 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 at one of the most scenic train stations in the hill country: the Demodara train station. The station is most notable for its spiral rail line known as the 'Demodara Loop', which passes under itself, going around the loop and emerging from a tunnel that runs directly beneath the railway station. According to local folklore, one of the engineers drew inspiration after observing a Kankany (supervisor) in a local tea estate undo his turban and re-tie it around his head.

Highlights of the trail include walking along the Demodara-Spring Valley Road, crossing the Badulla bridge, tea fields, a small bridge over a creek, a large playground and the colonial-era Demodara Tea Estate. Remember to stop at the highest point of the trail and breathe in the fabulous views overlooking Demodara and Ella.

Key Points
  • Uva Planters Club

  • Views over Ella town

  • Demodara Tea Estate

  • Tea estates and forest patches

  • Rosette Estate

The views towards Hali Ela are idyllic as this is a rarely visited part of the tea country. Keep an eye out for a gigantic purple Bougainvillea, down a leafy path with plenty of well-deserved shade, as well as a patch of forest dotted with tall trees.

You will come across a large tea-weighing station at the Rosette Estate as well as the Uva Planters’ Club; a historic landmark of the Uva region. The Hali Ela Train station marks the end of the stage.

Top attractions along Stage 17 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Demodara to Hali Ela

Immersive experiences around The hip hilltown of Ella

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences: visiting tea estates, planters clubs, and waterfalls.

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.