The Pekoe Trail: Stage 19

Ettampitiya ⇌ Lunuwatte
A challenging hike with rewarding views

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 Ettampitiya, a small, yet busy town deep in Sri Lanka’s tea country. In the first part of the hike, you will cross the Uma Oya river, which is a tributary of Sri Lanka’s longest river, the Mahaweli. This river crossing marks a significant point in the trail, as it is the point from where you gradually begin to ascend towards the busy hill town of Nuwara Eliya.

You continue to walk through some of the most remote parts of the tea country, past tea fields, village homes, a Buddhist temple and towards the Ettampitiya Estate Bungalow.

Key Points
  • Crossing the Uma Oya river

  • Suspension bridge

  • Picturesque paddy fields

  • Ettampitiya Estate Bungalow

At one point, you will cross an old suspension bridge where you might find kids swimming or villagers washing their clothes in the river. This is a great place to take a refreshing dip or cool off if you need a short break. Highlights of the trail include magnificent views of the Uma Oya valley as you continue to walk along lovely tea trails and picturesque paddy fields towards the end of the stage in Lunuwatte.

Top attractions along Stage 19 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Ettampitiya to Lunuwatte.

Immersive experiences around Ettampitiya and Lunuwatte

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences visiting tea estates, factories, 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.