15 Trekking Sites in Sri Lanka - Hiking Trails & Routes 2024
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Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala, Adventure trek in Knuckles Mountains, Horton Plains National Park Trek, Sinharja Raniforest Trek, Adam's Peak Trek, World's End Nuwara Eliya Trek and many more.

If you are crazy about trekking then you will get ample opportunities for trekking in Sri Lanka. The diverse hills coupled with forest patches and unusual climate makes Sri Lanka one of the best place for trek lovers.

Amidst all these you will also witness the spectacular and breath-taking views of waterfalls which just adds to the beauty of the trekking path. The 800 meter drop at the world’s end, Adam’s Peak and Baker’s falls are just some of the places which shouldn’t be missed. As an additional bonus you can also view the magical sunrise which will live in your memory long after you have left the place.

Here are some of the best trekking places in Sri Lanka:

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Ella, based in the Badulla district of Sri Lanka refers to a charming town that reflects the dignity of Sri Lanka. Ella is such a spot that caters a perfect holiday location where you can gather peace amidst nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. On visiting Ella, you can witness scenic views of the plains, tea gardens and cafes that constitute Elle. Besides, a soothing and pleasant climate that lasts for the year soothes your mind and soul greatly. 

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The Devil’s Staircase trekking tour lets you gather immense peace and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Southern plains. Visit other pleasant attractions such as the Bambarakanda waterfalls, the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Both beginners and advanced trekkers can gain maximum delight out of the trekking route that consists of excellent trails. In addition, you get a chance to enjoy natural river bath, surrounded with supreme natural beauty.

The package provides you with comfortable hotel pick up by TukTuk and drop off by an air-conditioned car. Also, the package provides with refreshments and water bottles and is inclusive of lunch with chilled beer. The package also provides the service of a trekking guide and is inclusive of all government taxes.

Timings: The time duration of the package is 10 hours and starts at 6:30 am and continues till 4:30 pm.

Starting/Ending Point:  Your Hotel from Ella/Bandarawela

Note: Minimum 2 persons and maximum 10 persons are eligible to book the tour.
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Ella, based in the Badulla district of Sri Lanka, refers to a charming town that reflects the dignity of Sri Lanka. Ella is such a spot that caters a perfect holiday location where you can gather peace amidst nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. On visiting Ella, you can witness scenic views of the plains, tea gardens and cafes that constitute Elle. Besides, a soothing and pleasant climate that lasts for the year soothes your mind and soul greatly.

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With the trekking activity to Ella, grab the chance to experience hiking on a rocky trail which will take 4 hours for the delightful journey to take place. The package lets you wander through the charming countryside views, tea plantations and move ahead to arrive at the Ella rock peak.

The trip starts from Bandarawela and makes you walk in the railroads and grasp the lovely scenes of forests and mountains. Also, you experience the panoramic views of Little Adams’s Peak and visit Ella town where you witness the local habitation.

The package is inclusive of train tickets and provides you with a pack of delicious refreshments. You shall also be provided with a professional trekking guide and all local transportation during the trek.

You can choose a comfortable 4 hours trekking schedule in between 8.30 am to 4:00 pm according to your convenience.

Starting/Ending Point: 
  Train station of Bandarewela / Haputale

Note: Minimum 2 persons and maximum 8 persons are eligible to book the package.

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A visit to Sri Lanka is incomplete without visiting a tea plantation. Walk-in some of the most scenic tea estates in Sri Lanka with an expert guide in Haputale and Bandarawela areas. This tea trail is one of the best experiences which s is a walkabout four to five hours. You get a chance to walk in the most beautiful tea plantation with very nice landscape and panoramic views. Here, you will see the ladies plucking the tea all day from 8 am to 4 pm and also you can help them in plucking the tea leaves. 
Further, you will visit one of the houses for a cup of tea, and have a picnic in the tea plantation. 

Timings: Between 8.30 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 5 - 6 Hours
Starting/Ending Point: Bandarawela/ Haputale, Srilanka

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Haputale, based in Sri Lanka refers to a small town that is capable to find great bliss for you, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Embrace the peaceful atmosphere of lush green hills adorned with tea plantations and get drowned in serenity and blissful environment. Don't miss out the chance to wander amidst cloud-covered jungles and cliffs.

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The Trekking trip to Ohiya and Bambarakanda waterfall lets you witness the scenic beauty of nature which comprises of foggy mountains, tea estates and rich valleys. Enjoy the peace and soothe your mind and body with the magical environment. Also, observe the lifestyle of the village people who reside in the valleys and learn their dressing patterns.

The package is inclusive of 1-night accommodation in a simple homestay. You shall also grab delicious meals from day one lunch to day three lunch (Package meals will be offered during treks). You shall also enjoy the services of a naturalist during the trekking.  Besides, the package is inclusive of local transportation during the entire tour.

Starting/Ending Point:  The package starts and ends at Haputale in Sri Lanka.

Start Time: The trek begins at 7 am in the morning.

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The Weligalpoththa Buddhist Monastery in Sri Lanka is surrounded by mesmerizing views of nature and immense peace. Witness the lifestyle of monks who lead their lives in simplistic manner and are dedicated in utilizing time on meditation which most probably lasts for days or weeks or months. You get the chance to view the sacred ‘bo‘ tree (asathu tree), which is worshipped by the local villagers for good health and wishes.

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With the Trekking Trip To Weligalpoththa Buddhist Monastery, you get a chance to enjoy a 25 km Tuk-Tuk journey that begins at the dawn of the day. Later, enjoy a 2 hours trekking experience that lets you traverse through jungle paths and remote villages and witness the lifestyle of the village folks and their simplicity.

View the pleasant natural beauty of porcupines or mongooses which you encounter on your way to the monastery. Besides, you get to learn at the Monastery, the principles of
  Buddhism and understand the Buddhist monastic life.

The package is inclusive of meals served as breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Also, you are provided with comfortable local transportation through public buses and Tuk Tuk and rikshaws. In addition, the package includes the service of an expert trekking guide.

Timings: You can book the package for 2 hours time period that begins at 5 am.

Starting/Ending Point: Bandarawela, Srilanka

Note: Minimum two persons and a maximum of 8 persons are required to book the tour package.

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Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala

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Kitulgala is one of the most promising destinations for trekking in Sri Lanka which provides an ideal option for vacationers who love to spend their time conducting adventurous and leisure activities. The forest reserve provides excellent camping opportunities and this enables the tourist to stay comfortably and focus on versatile adventurous sports and enjoy the scenic pictorial beauty of the location.

Waterfall Trekking is one of the most sought after adventure sports among the vistors which solely aims on providing a closer view of the incredible scenic panorama of the waterfall here along with the lavish greenery spread across.

Enjoy exclusive tropical flora and lianas not popular in Srilanka

Best Time: February to April

Things to Keep in Mind: Since it is a waterfall trekking, comfortable and well gripping shoes should be packed. Its easy so previous training is not required.

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Adventure Trek in Knuckles Mountains

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The salubrious and pleasant climate of Kandy is one of the greatest treasures of the place and that is why the outdoor excursions are so popular here. The charm of trekking and hiking in the Knuckles Mountains is simply mesmerizing as well as adventurous that attracts many exploratory minds to venture.

The venue is filled with several natural trails and scenic beauty comprising of pristine villages, stretched tea gardens and lush meadows. One must not miss the adventurous journey through Mini World End Trail, Pitawala-Pathena trail, Knuckles trail and Ash Cave Trail.

Location: In the districts of Matale and Kandy,Central Srilanka 

Highlights: Fascinating halts at Corbat’s Gap View Point and Bamboo Avenue

Best Time: December to February

Things to Keep in Mind: It’s a not an easy trek especially since the trekking trails are hard. Accompanying an experienced tracker is advisable since the top of the range can be quite confusing.

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Visit Horton Plains National Park

Established in 1988, Horton Plains National Park is one of the best places for trekking in Sri Lanka, it serves as the country’s platform to showcase the scenic panorama of Sri Lanka with an array of exclusive and extensive flora and fauna. Though there is an option to explore the park through jeep ride but the best journey is by foot as it has excellent trekking trails stretching for an area of 9kms.

Along with the pictorial scenic beauty one can also see Sri Lanka Samba deer, wild boar and spot macaques. At an Altitude-2100-2300 meter, World’s End serve as the end point of this hiking tour. The look out from this point is simply amazing and provides an expansive terrain.

 Ohiya, Sri Lanka 

Sunrise at World’s End

Best Time: November to March

Things to Keep in Mind: The trek is not very easy throughout the trail especially near the falls. Reach at World End before sunrise for best view 

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Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest Reserve

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With the aim to protect the watershed of Kelani River, Kitugala forest reserve serves as a fascinating rain forest area that showcases an array of endemic species of myriad flora and fauna. The ride on a open catamaran, a wooden boat with no sail across the 60 meter wide river and getting smitten by the plethora of exquisite scenic beauty is an experience of a lifetime. The trekking trail essentially moves through lush greenery and extensive collection of rare low land birdlife, wildlife, amphibians and colorful array of fishes. To enchant more there are crystal clear streams of water and gushing waterfalls where one can dip and take a refreshing bath.

Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest Reserve

Location: Kitulgala, 95 km from Colombo, west of Srilanka 

It is the wettest place of the country having monsoons twice a year

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Trek to Adam's Peak

One of the natural landmarks is the summit of Adam’s Peak. A trek toward this colossal Adam’s peak can be very exhausting. Besides being just a natural landmark the place is also considered to be a sacred pilgrimage because of the curious depression which is found on the summit and is painted in gold people term this as Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint of Buddha and it is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.

The trek starts from the far end of Dalhousie village and reaching the large standing Buddha. Trekking can be really exhausting especially when it is 5500 steps and do wear warm clothes as it is cold up there.

Location: It is approximately 5 hours from the airport.

Best time of visit: Adam’s Peak should be made by night so that you reach them by dawn and the ideal month would be December and January.

Sinharja Raniforest Trek

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Being an important eco tourism centre with a status of being an World Heitage site, Sinharaja Rain Forest is a rich treasure of nature’s excellence with significant diversity. The national park stretches for 21km east to west and about 7km in distance from north end to the southernmost tip.

The greatest attraction of this trek is the unique collection of the endemic species in birds, trees, mammals, amphibians, insects and even reptiles. It is one of the popular trekking spots of Sri Lanka since it is the only place where one can trek through the virgin rainforest and enjoy the luscious greenery without getting the fear of wild animals especially in the dry zone area of Yala.

 Southern Province, Sri Lanka, 160km from Colombo 

Endemic species like Purple faced Langur, frog mouthed owl etc

Best Time: December to April; August and September.
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World's End Nuwara Eliya

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One of the most jaw-dropping experience you can ever have in Sri Lanka is the World’s End on the Horton Plains. Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride to the Horton plains from Nuwara Eliya and it is among the best tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.

You can see animals such as leopards and deer. Experience the amazing flora and fauna which will be an amazing experience.

Location: The nearest station is in Nanu Oya which is about 8km.

: Baker’s fall which is truly spectacular

Best Time to Visit: The best time to reach there is before 10:00 AM before it gets too cloudy because you will not be able to see anything after that.

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Meemure Sri Lanka

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With a population standing to be just 400 something people, Meemure is a beautiful village with stunning lush green backdrops.

Highlights: Forming part of the eco-tourism, it is an ideal place that soothes the eyes of nature lovers. In fact, people coming here will surely fall in love with plush mountain views welcoming tourists in full swing. Considered as a paradise on the grounds of Sri Lanka, it is famous as a place where Ravana lifted Dhadu Monara (aircraft of Ravana). It is also an ideal place for enjoying trekking that surely uplifts the spirit of adventure lovers. After all, a vacation to Meemure will always be cherished.

Location: Positioned between the districts of Kandy and Matale, Meemure lies on the Knuckles Mountain Range in Sri Lanka and stands to be the remotest village.

Price: With food and lodging facilities available within the budget, travelers are required to hire trekking equipments before enjoying the splendid beauty of nature. 
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