The Heart of the Hill Country

The Pekoe Trail
Sri Lanka

The Pekoe Trail is a 300-kilometer curated long distance walking trail through the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, one of Asia’s best kept secrets.

The 22 - stage walking trail takes you through some of the finest ecology and mountain terrain in the South of Asia as you begin your journey in Kandy and make your way to Nuwara Eliya, passing through Haputale, Hatton and Ella. The first of its kind and a bucket list experience of a lifetime, The Pekoe Trail takes trekking in Sri Lanka to new heights.
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Experience the True Essence of Sri Lanka’s Highlands

The Pekoe Trail invites you to explore the best Sri Lanka has to offer in a more intimate, immersive and sustainable way. Explore diverse ecosystems ranging from grasslands to tropical forests as you gaze across splendid mountain vistas and feel invigorated by the cool, crisp air of the hill country. The trail also gives you the opportunity to encounter Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, intriguing history and unique culture as you traverse forests, plains, rural villages, and Ceylon Tea plantations.
The Highlands Await

Walk Through Sri Lanka’s Hill Country
Discover Sri Lanka on Foot With Our 300-kilometer Trail

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Stage 01 - Hanthana to Galaha
Hanthana - Galaha
12.8km
Stage 02 - Galaha to Loolkandura
Galaha - Loolkandura
14.7km
Stage 03 - Loolkandura to Tawalantenne
Loolkandura - Tawalantenne
18.11km
Stage 04 - Tawalantenne to Pundaluoya
Tawalantenne - Pundaluoya
14.04km
Stage 05 - Pundaluoya to Watagoda
Pundaluoya - Watagoda
14.09km
Stage 06 - Watagoda to Kotagala
Watagoda - Kotagala
15.33km
Stage 07 - Kotagala to Norwood
Kotagala - Norwood
16.28km
Stage 08 - Norwood to Bogawantalawa
Norwood - Bogawantalawa
15.8km
Stage 09 - Bogawantalawa to Dayagama
Bogawantalawa - Dayagama
16.5km
Stage 10 - Dayagama to Horton Plains
Dayagama - Horton Plains
14.9km
Stage 11 - Horton Plains to Udaweriya
Horton Plains - Udaweriya
13.1km
Stage 12 - Udaweriya to Haputale
Udaweriya - Haputale
14.8km
Stage 13 - Haputale to St. Catherine
Haputale - St. Catherine
13.5km
Stage 14 - St. Catherine to Makulella
St. Catherine - Makulella
9.4km
Stage 15 - Makulella to Ella
Makulella - Ella
9.5km
Stage 16 - Ella to Demodara
Ella - Demodara
8.8km
Stage 17 - Demodara to Hali Ela
Demodara - Hali Ela
12.9km
Stage 18 - Hali Ela to Ettampitiya
Hali Ela - Ettampitiya
13.9km
Stage 19 - Ettampitiya to Lunuwatte
Ettampitiya - Lunuwatte
18.8km
Stage 20 - Lunuwatte to Uda Pussellawa
Lunuwatte - Uda Pussellawa
12.5km
Stage 21 - Uda Pussellawa to Kandapola
Uda Pussellawa - Kandapola
16.7km
Stage 22 - Kandapola to Pedro Estate
Kandapola - Pedro Estate
10.8km
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 03 in Sri Lanka: Loolkandura - Tawalantenne
The Pekoe Trail hiking map for stage 05 - Pundaluoya - Watagoda
The Pekoe Trail Hiking map for stage 06 - Watagoda to Kotagala
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 16 in Sri Lanka: Ella to Demodara
The Pekoe Trail hiking map for stage 17 - Demodara - Hali Ela
The Pekoe Trail hiking map for stage 18 - Hali Ela - Ettampitiya
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 01 - Hanthana to Galaha
Hanthana - Galaha
Lace-up your hiking boots for the very first stage of The Pekoe Trail taking you...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 02 - Galaha to Loolkandura
Galaha - Loolkandura
This is a calf-stretching hike divided into two sections: the first shorter trail takes you...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 03 - Loolkandura to Tawalantenne
Loolkandura - Tawalantenne
Prepare yourself for the second longest hike on The Pekoe Trail beginning...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 04 - Tawalantenne to Pundaluoya
Tawalantenne - Pundaluoya
This stage begins in Tawalantenne where you will hike through small village roads....
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 05 - Pundaluoya to Watagoda
Pundaluoya - Watagoda
This stage begins in Pundaluoya, a small hill country village. Prepare yourself ...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 06 - Watagoda to Kotagala
Watagoda - Kotagala
You begin this stage at the Watagoda Train station, which continues...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 07 - Kotagala to Norwood
Kotagala - Norwood
This trail begins in Kotagala, deep in Sri Lanka’s tea country. The trail winds...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 08 - Norwood to Bogawantalawa
Norwood - Bogawantalawa
This trail begins in Norwood, the gateway to the Bogawantalawa Valley...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 09 - Bogawantalawa to Dayagama
Bogawantalawa - Dayagama
This stage begins in the town of Bogawantalawa, which gives name to the entire...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 10 - Dayagama to Horton Plains
Dayagama - Horton Plains
You begin this stage in Dayagama, one of the most remote villages...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 11 - Horton Plains to Udaweriya
Horton Plains - Udaweriya
This trail begins at the Farr Inn, once the old hunting lodge for high-ranking British...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 12 - Udaweriya to Haputale
Udaweriya - Haputale
This stage begins in the remote Udaweriya Valley that looks over the south...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 13 - Haputale to St. Catherine
Haputale - St. Catherine
This stage is a very scenic route that takes you from Haputale, one of the major...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 14 - St. Catherine to Makulella
St. Catherine - Makulella
This trail begins at St. Catherine, a tea plantation workers' village sitting high up...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 15 - Makulella to Ella
Makulella - Ella
This stage begins at a Buddhist temple in Makulella, a small village overlooking...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 16 - Ella to Demodara
Ella - Demodara
Today’s hike is one of the shortest and most popular stages of The Pekoe Trail...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 17 - Demodara to Hali Ela
Demodara - Hali Ela
This stage begins at one of the most scenic train stations in the hill country...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 18 - Hali Ela to Ettampitiya
Hali Ela - Ettampitiya
Beginning in the town of Hali Ela, a remote part of Sri Lanka’s tea country...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 19 - Ettampitiya to Lunuwatte
Ettampitiya - Lunuwatte
This stage begins in Ettampitiya, a small, yet busy town deep in Sri Lanka’s tea country...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 20 - Lunuwatte to Uda Pussellawa
Lunuwatte - Uda Pussellawa
This stage begins in the small hill town of Lunuwatte. Walk on village roads past...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 21 - Uda Pussellawa to Kandapola
Uda Pussellawa - Kandapola
This stage starts in the hilltown of Uda Pussellawa, a small, but lively town...
A Graphical Map of the Pekoe Trail Stage 01 in Sri Lanka: Hanthana - Galaha
Stage 22 - Kandapola to Pedro Estate
Kandapola - Pedro Estate
The start of this stage is at Kandapola town, a small, yet busy transit in the regional...
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