This trail begins at the 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.
Today you will trek from the highest point of the entire Pekoe Trail (2,170 meters) along the road to Ohiya towards the iconic “Devil's Staircase”, which is the steepest downward descent of The Pekoe Trail.
The trail cuts across villages and mountains over to the Udaweriya Valley where the views are truly breathtaking; on a clear day you can see Udawalawe National Park and beyond to the coastline.
You will come across a ‘hidden valley’, named because it lies on the very edge of the tea country and its south-facing. The topography here is so dramatic that there are very few south-facing tea growing valleys in this area.
Towards the end of the trail you will pass the abandoned Udaweriya Tea Factory, now largely a skeleton of steel beams, and through neat terraces of vegetable plots and small local homes. The stage ends at the abandoned Ohiya Tea Factory.