The Pekoe Trail: Stage 13
Haputale ⇌ St. Catherine (Closed)
A hike through one of The Pekoe Trail's most scenic routes

This stage is a very scenic route that takes you from Haputale, one of the major towns in the tea country to one of the tea country's better-known landmarks where Sir Thomas Lipton would survey his favorite tea estates.

Walk through a cool and humid forest reserve towards a mountain that takes you to the Thotalagala - Dambatenne Valley. Climb uphill on beautiful tea trails, past an organic bio-tea producing estate and onto walking paths with views across the valley to Lipton’s Seat.

Key Points
  • Panoramic views
  • Lipton’s seat, and a forest reserve.

Continue along steep climbs to the peak of a mountain, which is a kind of plateau home to lots of green tea fields and a few small villages. The stage ends at St. Catherine, the first picturesque tea plantation worker’s village on the upper divisions of the Nayabedda Tea Estate, at an altitude of 1,875 meters where Sir Thomas Lipton liked to survey his tea empire.

Top attractions along Stage 13 of The Pekoe Trail
Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Haputale to St. Catherine
Immersive experiences around Misty Haputale and St. Catherine
Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences visiting tea factories and Hindu temples.
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.