The Pekoe Trail: Stage 7

Kotagala ⇌ Norwood
An easy walk through deep 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 trail begins in Kotagala, deep in Sri Lanka’s tea country. The trail winds its way past Chrysler’s Farm Tea Factory, a colonial-era tea factory built in 1870, with its bright blue roof contrasting against the verdant green tea bushes making it hard to miss.

You will climb a hill where you can look down on the hill town of Hatton. You will encounter Singamalai Lake, a small lake that provides all the drinking water for Hatton and the surrounding villages. It also makes for a great picnic spot!

Key Points
  • Singamalai Lake

  • Chrysler’s Farm Tea Factory

  • Castlereigh Reservoir

  • Hindu Kovils

  • Christian Churches

Prepare yourself for a series of pathways through rolling hills of green tea and a view of the emerald Castlereigh Reservoir in the Bogawantalawa Valley. The trail also passes by one of Sri Lanka’s oldest planters club, the Darawella Club, which is well worth a short stop or visit.

Walking along the tops or the sides of the valleys, you will pass numerous brightly colored line rooms (tea workers’ terraced housing) replete with both Hindu Kovils and Christian churches.

On the latter part of the trail, you begin to climb down, meandering through tea estate paths till you reach the end of the stage in the town of Norwood.

Top attractions along Stage 7 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Kotagala to Norwood.

Immersive experiences around the hilltowns of Kotagala to Norwood.

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences exploring temples, tea factories, and panoramic viewpoints.

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.