The Pekoe Trail: Stage 10

Dayagama ⇌ Horton Plains
A challenging hike through Sri Lanka’s cloud forest

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.

Important note: You may only enter the Horton Plains National Park by purchasing a ticket at the Dayagama entrance or Ohiya entrance before entering the park and paying the entrance fee which costs approximately USD 45 (subject to exchange rate fluctuations). Entrance fees to Horton Plains allows you to not only walk Stage 10 of The Pekoe Trail but also;
*The Bakers Falls trail
*The World's End trail loop
*Summit Kirigalpotha (2nd highest peak in SL)
*Summit Thotupola Kanda
Do note that entry to the park from this stage is not possible after 2 pm. For more information please refer to the website of the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

You begin this stage in Dayagama, one of the most remote villages in the tea country at the far end of the Agarapatana Valley. Very few travellers venture this far, as this is a deep tea country experience. Follow wide tea trails and a dense forest towards Sri Lanka’s cloud forest, Horton Plains National Park. Please note access to the park is only possible with a valid ticket. Get more information here.

Key Points
  • Horton Plains National Park

  • Wildlife sightings

  • Steep trails

  • Rewarding views of the cloud forest

Upon entering the cloud forest, the trail twists and turns up the valley through dense rainforest. Whilst walking, take a moment to stop and listen to the sounds of the forest. You will hear the loud calls of sambur, monkeys, deer, highland birds, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a leopard. The trail ends at the old Farr Inn, once the old hunting lodge for high-ranking British colonial officials, which has now been turned into the visitor center for Horton Plains National park.

Top attractions along Stage 10 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Dayagama to Horton Plains.

Immersive experiences around Sri Lanka’s cloud forest, Horton Plains

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences visiting tea factories, dairy farms, and birdwatching in Sri Lanka’s central highlands.

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.