The Pekoe Trail: Stage 5

Pundaluoya ⇌ Watagoda
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 Pundaluoya, a small hill country village. Prepare yourself for a hike with steep descents and trails that take you around villages and mountainsides. You will cross the Pundal Oya River where you will be spoiled by spectacular views of a waterfall straight out of a scene from the Jungle Book.

As you gain elevation curving around mountains, the Kotmale River gorge comes into view. Look out for a vintage red telephone booth as you make your way. Stop to smell the patches of wildflowers growing on the sides of the road or take short breaks on the sections of emerald green paddy if you need to rest.

Key Points
  • River crossings

  • Waterfalls

  • Paddy fields

  • The great wall

  • Views of the Dimbula Valley

  • Watagoda train station

As you make your way into the true heart of the tea country, you will see the historically significant tea-growing regions of Dimbula, one of the earliest districts to be planted with tea.

On this stage, you’ll also see breathtaking views of a ‘great wall’, resembling something out of Game of Thrones – as it is seemingly insurmountable. Beyond ‘the wall’ is the Pundaluoya Valley, with a tea estate that sits on the very top of that wall making it one of the most photogenic parts of the tea country. The stage ends at the Watagoda train station.

Top attractions along Stage 5 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest around the city of Nuwara Eliya and the surrounding mountains of Pidurutalagala.

Immersive experiences around Nuwara Eliya and Kotmale

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences exploring temples, tea factories, and an exhilarating train ride.

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.