The Pekoe Trail: Stage 20

Lunuwatte ⇌ Uda Pussellawa
A moderate hike through quiet countryside

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 begins in the small hill town of Lunuwatte. Walk on village roads past a lake, paddy fields, and temples. This part of the trail takes you across the quiet countryside of forests and tea plantations with towering eucalyptus and pine trees. There’s plenty of wilderness to experience and enjoy as you follow the trail route.

One of the highlights of this stage is that it takes you past the Sthripura Caves - an important cave network steeped in myths and legends. The name is derived from the Sanskrit and Sinhalese word ‘Sthri’ which means woman, and ‘Pura’ meaning town, and refers to a mythical incident where King Walagamba (77 BC) supposedly hid 500 queens in this very cave in order to protect them.

Key Points
  • Eucalyptus and pine forests

  • Sthripura Caves

  • Mana Ella

  • Buffalo Park

  • Pahala Alagolla Lake

In the second part of the stage you will walk along a mountain ridge of pine forest with stunning views, hike through more eucalyptus forests and a maze of tea trails. The stage ends in Uda Pussellawa, a small, but lively town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.

Top attractions along Stage 20 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Lunuwatta to Uda Pussellawa.

Immersive experiences around Lunuwatte and Uda Pussellawa

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences visiting tea estates, kovils, and hiking through pine and eucalyptus forests.

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.