The Pekoe Trail: Stage 13

Haputale ⇌ St. Catherine
A hike through one of The Pekoe Trail's most scenic routes

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 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.

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.