The Pekoe Trail: Stage 21

Uda Pussellawa ⇌ Kandapola
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.
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This stage starts in the hilltown of Uda Pussellawa, a small, but lively town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The walk takes you along beautiful tea trails across valleys, verdant tea fields, vegetable plots, and tea factories.

Remember to stop by at Gordon’s Estate, located along the border of the Central and Uva provinces. As you descend from here prepare yourself for spectacular views of the valleys below. Continue towards Kandapola, where you are treated to more sprawling views of the Uva bowl.

On a clear day, you can easily make out the contours of Haputale, Lipton Seat, and Ella Rock, wrapping around the Uva bowl. This part of the tea country is also famous for producing vegetables, cultivating crops such as carrots or leeks.

Key Points
  • Gordon’s Estate

  • Hethersett Estate fields

  • Heritance Tea Factory Hotel

  • Stunning views of the Uva valley

The Pekoe Trail hiking map for stage 21 - Uda Pussellawa - Kandapola

Once you leave the colourful vegetable plots behind, you walk through a patch of cooling high-elevation rainforest teeming with wildlife, birds, monkeys, and leopards. The highest point of today’s walk is the Hethersett Estate fields and the iconic Heritance Tea Factory Hotel – a great example of how tourism can contribute to heritage conservation. This abandoned tea factory was turned into a hotel and has even been listed as one the ‘100 Best Places to Stay in the World’ by the Sunday Times UK. The trail ends in the town of Kandapola.

Top attractions along Stage 21 of The Pekoe Trail

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

Immersive experiences around Uda Pussellawa and Kandapola

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences visiting the finest tea growing estates of Sri Lanka’s hill country.

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.