The Pekoe Trail Stage 6

The Pekoe Trail Stage 6 is a 14.86 km hike from Watagoda to Kotagala in Sri Lanka. You can enjoy a variety of ecosystems as you walk through the valleys, hills and tea trails.

What is the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe Trail is a 300-kilometre long distance walking trail through the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.

It starts near to the historic town of Kandy and ends in “Little England” Nuwara Eliya.

There are 22 stages and the distances in each stage ranges from just over 9 kilometres to just over 18 kilometres.

As well as Nuwara Eliya the route passes through Haputale, Hatton and Ella. You can take in visits to Horton Plains National Park (a UNESCO Heritage Site), Lipton’s Seat, Nine Arch Bridge and Demodara Loop.

Opened in early 2023

Opened in early 2023, the Pekoe Trail is part of the European Union’s 5.7 million Euro support for Sri Lanka’s national tourism strategy.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also provided approximately $787,000 to support the trail

January 2023 - an Ultra Marathon is completed.

Hyun Chang Chung ran the 300 km along the Pekoe Trail, non-stop in 59 hours.

Where can I find out more about the Pekoe Trail?

There are already some guides that are experienced walking the trail. A guide will help you navigate the trail and also point out places of interest and should identify any flora and fauna on the way. There are also more videos popping up which give you and idea of what you will encounter on your walk.

Recommended Hiking Apps

There are 3 recommended Hiking Apps on the official Pekoe Trail Website

Outdoor Active

A little more about the Pekoe Trail to watch

There are already some Meta (Facebook) groups where you can see others experience of the different stages of the trail. Here are some more videos to whet your interest.

Where should I stay on the Pekoe Trail

At this time, there is no official recommended accommodation for hikers on the trail and we will update this article when one is published. Sri Lanka has a wide variety of types of accommodation on offer to suit different budgets. You can choose from Homestay and Hostels  through to Boutique Hotels and 5 star  Global Brands.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate for stages 12 to 16

Relax in the Sri Lankan Hill Country at GlenMyu Estate. We are on Airbnb and Booking.com.

3 Kingsize Double Bedrooms with Spectacular Views
2 Spacious Lounges with views over the hills below the house
A Natural Spring-Fed Infinity Swimming Pool
5 Acres of land to explore

Delicious bespoke meals freshly prepared by the host
A selection of places to dine

A place to relax and be closer to nature

Within reach of the following tourist sites

Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Pools
Horton Plains National Park – Mini Worlds End, Worlds End and Bakers Falls
Adisham Bungalow
Lipton Seat
Dambetenna Tea Factory
Bambarakanda Waterfall
Thangamale Bird Sanctuary
Ella Town: 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak & Ravanna Waterfall

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