The Pekoe Trail: Stage 11

Horton Plains ⇌ Udaweriya
The highest point of The Pekoe Trail

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 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.

Key Points
  • Devil’s staircase

  • Horton Plains National Park

  • World’s End Viewpoint

  • Ohiya Tea Factory

  • Udaweriya Tea Factory

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.

Top attractions along Stage 11 of The Pekoe Trail

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

Immersive experiences around Horton Plains and Udaweriya

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences exploring tea estates and trekking to World’s end.

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.