The Pekoe Trail: Stage 2

Galaha ⇌ Loolkandura
A moderately challenging walk

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 is a calf-stretching hike divided into two sections: the first shorter trail takes you from Galaha to Deltota and the second from Deltota to Loolkandura.

Begin your journey at Galaha, a charming town nestled in the hills of the central highlands. Walk through the beautiful Deltota Estate on estate roads, past an old kovil, and over mountains. Prepare yourself for lots of twists and turns as you approach Deltota, a typical hill country town with a lively market that serves as a wonderful pit stop to fuel up on snacks of local fruits.

Key Points
  • Deltota Estate

  • James Taylor’s seat

  • Konda Gala

  • Pine forests

  • Dense vegetation

  • Loolkandura Estate

From Deltota you will walk in the shade of giant pine trees, but keep an eye out for leeches, especially during the rainy season.

The trail passes by Loolkandura Estate, the first tea plantation in Sri Lanka established in 1867 by Scotsman James Taylor, often referred to as the ‘father of Ceylon tea’. Continue along tea trails where you will walk through some of the most scenic tea bushes with views that include a massive rock formation and tropical rainforests. The stage ends in Loolkandura.

Top attractions along Stage 2 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest around the city of Kandy and surrounding mountains of the Hanthana range.

Immersive experiences around Kandy

Get a feel for adventure, nature, and tea estates with these unique experiences found only in the region.

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.