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Swimming at the natural pool at GlenMyu Estate

10 Tips for Staying Fit on Holiday in Sri lanka

10 Tips for Staying Fit on holiday in Sri Lanka.

10 Tips for Staying Fit whilst on holiday in Sri Lanka.

It’s easy to overindulge on holiday and put on a few pounds. Here are our recommendations to avoid this.

Our 10 reasons for staying fit on holiday are in no particular order of importance.

1. Staying fit on holiday - Start with a Swim or a run.

Explore the local area and community early in the morning on your run or jog.

You will most likely get a different experience than you would later in the day.

By doing some exercise early in the morning you will avoid the intensity of the sun and also will have expended some energy for a well deserved breakfast.

At GlenMyu Estate it is reasonably safe to jog along the road as traffic levels are low. You will enjoy a beautiful view of the Sri Lankan Hill Country as you run along the road.

I tend to swim in the morning at the Natural Spring Fed Swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate.  An early morning swim is a refreshing and energising start to the day and I feel great when I have completed my lengths.

It’s also good for your should being surrounded by natures colours and sounds as you carry out your daily exercise.

2. Plan a majority of your meals.

We think that it’s really important that you don’t deprive yourself of the wide variety of cuisines available to you on your travels.

However, planning your meals can help you regulate your intake and reduce your chances of overindulging.

Perhaps alternating between sampling local fare and having salads and healthier choices would provide a good balance. It’s easy to ditch the salad when on holiday but having a lighter meal, especially when it’s hot, makes you feel good and healthy.

We provide a healthy and substantial breakfast at GlenMyu Estate, which means that you probably will want to skip your lunch and just have an evening meal. Perhaps a small snack in the mid-afternoon will keep you going until dinner?

Have a look at our food menu before you come and you can ensure that you select a healthy balance for your meals during your stay.

3. Staying fit on holiday - Indulge, but don't overindulge.

Yes, you are on holiday and there are all sorts fo temptations.
– The buffet breakfast where you need to sample everything (my personal issue resulting in my self imposed personal ban from buffet breakfasts).
– You want to get value for the money you have spent on the all inclusive resort.
– Dessert following every meal which you would never do at home.

All the work that you have done in the gym during the year to get those washboard abs could be wasted very quickly.

The answer to staying fit on holiday and not overindulging? Self-control , discipline and balance.

If you’re going to splurge out at dinner, make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast and/or lunch to balance it out.

Stay fit on holiday.

And those tempting drinks….

Most people tend to drink more on holiday than they do at home. Why not, it’s time for you to relax?

If you’re planning spending some hors at the bar drinking, make sure that you drink plenty of water as well.
You will feel so much better in the morning. 

I experienced this when my wife and I were at a wedding in France. The wine kept coming but so did bottles of water. By hydrating as we drank the delicious wine the next morning was much more pleasant.

If you are drinking cocktails remember that there is probably quite a lot of sugar added. So one or two should really be your limit!

4. Go easy on alchohol.

In my experience it is tempting to overindulge on alcohol when you’re on holiday. The drinks are flowing, the sun is out and the conversation is flowing. My idea of a really relaxing holiday!

However, as you are aware, getting drunk can leave you dehydrated.

We are all aware that excessive drinking is not good for your health and just because we are on holiday it doesn’t give your liver a pas! Drinking to much and gettting drunk is  also dangerous and risky (too many accidents happen on  holiday due to overindulging).

Allow yourself to have some fun but remember, the key is balance.

5. Stay Hydrated.

Make sure that you bring a bottle of water with you to replenish lost fluids. Remember it’s hot in Sri Lanka (or on your sun holiday) and drinking water is a great way to keep healthy when you are on holiday.

Drink coconut water if you can, for optimal hydration benefits. Coconut water is rich in potassium and contains calcium and magnesium.  We love king coconuts in Sri Lanka and they are readily available at lots of small shops along the roads as you travel. The shopkeeper will happily slice the top ff the coconut so you can drink it straight from the hole in the top. 

6. Staying fit and healthy on holiday - Bring along your medicines, vitamins and supplements

Hopefully you will get a good level of good vitamins and minerals from the food that you eat when you are on holiday.

However, if you are on any medication  please remember to bring it with you. You may be able to pick up some medicine when you are on holiday, if you do forget, however, it may not be the brand or formulae that you need.

Keeping up your regular vitamins and supplements whilst you are on holiday will help you stay fit as your body is used to it’s regular top up of foodstuffs that you normally take. 

7. Incorporate movement and exercise in your daily schedule to stay healthy on holiday.

You probably do more exercise at home than you think you do. Walking up those stairs at work. Running to catch the bus. Being calories when doing the chores at home.

As you explore the country on your holiday you will no doubt be doing some light exercise unless you are on a long hike.

We would suggest that you take advantage of the facilities available to you. Walk up the stairs rather than using the hotel lift. If there’s a gym, allocate some time to try out the equipment. Book a hike to see the sights. Here a bike and cycle around the countryside. Make sure that you use the swimming pool.

Dance the night away in the local nightclub. Learn to Baila dance so you can show off to the locals.

You may be surprised that doing a mixture of things expend some energy and keep you in trim. The overall aim is to keep moving, burn calories and feel good.

8. Staying fit on holiday - Simple workouts that you can do anywhere.

There’s no excuse to give up your fitness routine when you are on holiday just because you are thousands of miles from the gym.

If your holiday is more lying at the pool catching the sun rather than hiking through tea plantations on the Pekoe Trail there are some exercise that you can do wherever you are. No equipment is needed.

We would suggest that you incorporate some or all of these exercises into your morning schedule so you have a healthy start to the day.

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Planks.
  • Crunches or sit ups.
  • Push-Ups.
Keeping up the exercise on holiday

9. Set aside some times to meditate and practice mindfulness.

We find that when tourists visit Sri Lanka for the first time they pack in as many activities to do and as many places to visit as they can.

Although Sri Lanka is a small island (similar in size to Ireland) it takes longer than anticipated travelling from place to place. There are also so many things to see and do on this paradise island you can openly see some highlights during your holiday. Some parts of the island are best visited at different times of the year so you will never be able to see all of the island in one trip.

Over-planning and packing too many things in on your holiday, can leave you feeling exhausted and drained.  Making sure that you have regular minutes of quiet and relaxation will help you stay fit on holiday. Ensure that you allocate some good quality time for your regular mediation, yoga or stretching. Take time out to practice mindfulness.

One of our guests at GlenMyu Estate got up early each morning and did his stretching in front of the wonderful view from our main lounge.

Another regular visitor ensures that he does his evening walk on the road above GlenMyu Estate prior to having dinner. It is important to keep up the regular routine that he keeps at home.

There are lots of places around the five acre estate where you can take some time out, sit, rest and be with nature.

10. Get adequate rest and sleep.

Ambient temperature is a crucial environmental factor when it comes to falling asleep and staying asleep.

According to Sleepfoundation the best room temperature for a comfortable sleep is approximately 18.3 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit). 

You can read more about the research on the ideal temperature range for older adults to get a good night’s sleep at Healthline quote that, according to a new study, the optimal sleep temperature in the bedroom for older adults is between 20°C and 25°C. (68 to 77 °F). Results were published in the journal Science of The Total Environment. 

Night temperatures in Sri Lanka vary around the island. You will find lots of hotels have air-conditioning which you will need to use to get the night temperature down.

Temperatures at GlenMyu Estate, Sri Lanka.

At GlenMyu Estate, we only have overhead fans in our bedrooms as the temperatures are cooler in the Hill Country. You can see from the data provided by ClimateData that the minimum temperature is between 16.5 °C
(61.7) °F and 19.7 °C
(67.5) °F during the year. These temperatures as typically at night and therefore within the scientific ranges to get a good night’s sleep.

Some of our guests have told us that they have had the best night’s sleep for a long time when they stay with us.

When it's dark, you get sleepy.

Sunrise and sunset in Sri Lanka do not differ significantly throughout the year. The reason for this is the proximity to the equator.

Typically during the year there will be up to approximately 12:30 hours the longest days happen to be in June. In December a night in Colombo lasts almost 13 hours.

Darkness roughly falls between 17:50 and 18:30  in Sri Lanka. Sunrise is usually between 5:45 and 6:30 depending on what time of year and what part of the country you are in. You can see further information on sunrise and sunset at WorldData.

We don’t get the late lighter nights during the Summer like those in the Northern Hemisphere. 

When it gets dark outside you automatically feel sleepy. If it’s dark outside, your body naturally tells you that you should go to sleep”.

A mechanism kicks in when it is dark and floods your body with chemicals that regulates your sleep called melatonin.

When it’s dark outside, the melatonin builds up in your brain, but the daylight breaks it down.

10 Tips for Staying Fit on holiday in Sri Lanka. - Summary.

  1. Start with a swim or a run.
  2. Plan a majority of your meals.
  3. Indulge, but don’t overindulge.
  4. Go easy on alchohol.
  5. Stay hydrated.
  6. Bring along your medicines, vitamins and supplements.
  7. Incorporate movement and exercise in your daily schedule.
  8. Simple workouts that you can do anywhere.
  9. Set aside some times to meditate and practice mindfulness.
  10. Get adequate rest and sleep.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and keep fit.

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Our guests Matt and Millie enjoying Upper DIiyaluma Waterfall

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall- Need to know.

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall- what you need to know.

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is a fabulous place to visit when you are staying at GlenMyu Estate on your holiday in Sri Lanka.

We have had many guests visit Upper Diyaluma and we also love it there.

Here is our basic guide on what you need to know before you go.

What is it?

Upper Diyaluma is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka.

It is 220 metres (720 ft) high and is the 619th Highest Waterfall in the World. Diyaluma Waterfall can be viewed from the road and is 6 kilometres from Koslanda. 

Our guests at GlenMyu Estate love to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and you can spend several hours there. There are many gorgeous pools to swim in as you descend from the top of Upper Diyaluma.

During your hike and exploration of the pools you will experience a beautiful landscape and enjoy some spectacular views..

What will I see when I get there?

The Highlights are:

Experiencing the hike from the car park through the grassland to the top of Upper Diyaluma whilst enjoying the beautiful landscape and scenery.

Exploring the beautiful cool pools whilst being closer to nature.

Feeling the exhilaration of being is a unique environment which has ben, until recently, relatively undiscovered. 

Where is it?

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is located off the A4 Colombo to Batticaloa Highway (It’s actually quite narrow due to the difficulty widening the road in the Sri Lankan Hills).

The base of the falls can be viewed from the road in between Beragala and Koslanda.

How do I get there?

Get there early!

We recommend that you get to Upper Diyaluma early to avoid the crowds and midday sun.

Some of our guests have left early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the intensity of the sun. They have returned later on to GlenMyu Estate for a late breakfast.

You can also leave after breakfast and enjoy Upper Diyaluma however you will need to be careful as the suns power increases.

There is not much cover or shade from trees so you need to make sure that you take your sun cream.

GlenMyu Estate is only a forty minute drive to Diyaluma Waterfall. Our guests normally beat the crowds that arrive from Ella a little later on in the day. 

What will I need to take?

The hike to the top of Upper Diyaluma is mainly climbing some rock stairs and then travelling across some grassland. It is a hike of moderate difficulty.

Footwear – I would recommend wearing sandals with fastenings.(Thats what I usually wear). Otherwise you can wear training shoes or walking shoes. For this hike walking shoes or boots are not necessary, but if you have brought them with you, why not use them?

Sunscreen  – We have had several guests that have returned a little redder than they left us when they went to Upper Diyaluma. There is not much shade and you will be enjoying the pools at a high elevation where the levels of UV can be quite high. 

Food and Drink – We would recommend that you take some water and a small snack as you can spend some hours enjoying Upper Diyaluma. Some of our guests have spent 4 – 5 hours there they enjoyed it so much.

There is a small shop near the car parking and also some other shops at the base of the waterfall where you can pick up some food and drink. We normally have some King Coconut after our hike which is quite refreshing.

Please take all you litter with you and keep the park clean.

Camera and Mobile Phone – you will have plenty of photo opportunities for those Instagram and Social Media moments. 

A small backpack – you will need something to carry the items listed above.

Read more about it!

You can read more about Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and photos that we and our guests have taken at our Hiking in Sri Lanka Articles and Posts Page.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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350 Sri Lankan Rupees to enter Upper Diyaluma Waterfall in May 2023

Entry fee to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

What is the entry fee to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall?

Up until recently there was no entry fee to enjoy the amazing Upper Diyaluma Waterfall. I was surprised to hear on a YouTube video about Ella by Where’s Lucie that she and her husband were charged an entry fee when they visited the marvellous sight.

In May 2023 two of our guests at GlenMyu Estate left the hotel early and travelled the 40 minute journey to experience the beautiful pools at Upper Diyaluma.

They had a wonderful time and shared gave me their entry tickets so that I could share the information with our other guests at GlenMyu Estate.

Here is a photo of the entry ticket price for a Foreigner.

The ticket cost is 350 Sri Lankan Rupees per person (May 2023).

In the scheme of things it’s not a large cost but something you will need to be aware of if you decide to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

Is it worth it?

We would certainly recommend that you experience the wonder of Upper Diyaluma Waterfall. The hike is not strenuous and you will get to see a beautiful and natural place in Sri Lanka.

Visiting Upper Diyaluma has been more popular since the road between Beragala and Koslanda has been improved (there are still some rougher parts of the road to be fixed).

We have noticed that it is now becoming another must do Instagram spot in the area along with Nine Arch Bridge, Ella, Lipton’s Seat, Haputale and World’s End in Horton Plains National Park.

You can read our BlogPosts about Horton Plains National Park  and Upper Diyaluma Waterfall which we continuously update.

Any other costs when visiting Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and Pools?

If you do not have your own transport you will need to arrange to get to the start of the hike to Upper Diyaluma which is between Beragala Junction and Koslanda towards Wellawaya.

From GlenMyu Estate it normally costs around 6,000 Sri Lankan Rupees (May 2023 cost) for a return journey in a Tuk Tuk. The driver who we usually use accompanies you on your hike, will look after you bags while in the pools and show you the best route.

Did the guests enjoy their trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall?

They loved it!
The Nature was amazing, the hike was easy and the clarity of the water in the pools was beautiful. As it had rained a little during the previous day, the pools were quite full of water and they decided not to go into some of the pools where they thought it was a dangerous.

They felt that the whole experience was worth it and the entry fee to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall was negligible.

How long did they stay at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall?

Our guests stayed around 3 hours enjoying the hike, swimming in the pools and taking lots of photos and videos. 

We have had other guests that have stayed longer as they enjoyed it so much there.

What will I need to bring?

Well, 350 rupees per person entry fee to Upper Diyaluma is a god starting point.
Swimming costumes as you will want to enjoy the pools.
The hike is quit easy and you don’t need walking shoes. A pair of training shoes or sandals with a good grip should do.
A sun hat! – You will be a quite a high elevation and it’s easy to get sunburn if you don’t take precautions.
Suncream – it’s less painful!
Water – you will need to rehydrate as the sun can be quite strong.

Some money to buy something at the local shops to support the businesses there. We normally buy a King Coconut each after the hike and enjoy this refreshing drink at the shop. Some fruit of other local produce is also a good gesture to support the local people.

Your purchase will be accompanied by a Sri Lankan smile for free – it’s worth it!

What else did your guests do on their trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall?

The guests stopped at a clay pot shop located on the side of the road between Koslanda and GlenMyu Estate. They bought some small locally made items to be used as gifts for their friends and family. Again it was great to see them support a local small business which was really appreciated by the shop owners.

Any other tips for a trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall?

We always recommend to get up early and see the sights before it gets too hot and too busy with other tourists.

Our guests had the top of Upper Diyaluma Waterfall to themselves for a while and as the morning advanced more people started to arrive. However they said that there were probably only 20 or so people around towards the end of their trip.
In May tourist numbers reduce as the South West Monsoon starts so in peak tourist season between December and April you are more likely to encounter more people.

They finished their experience as the rain started, so another very good reason for getting up early!
You can read about our trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall on the following BlogPost.

Our guests also did a day trip to Horton Plains National Park from GlenMyu Estate and they provided a copy of their entry ticket so we could share the entry fee cost with our guests. You can read about our trip to Horton Plains National Park here which we update as guests provide a copy of their entry tickets..

If you are interested in a stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country at GlenMyu Estate please visit our website for more details.

We are located within reach of great experiences such as Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Nine Arch Bridge, Mini Adams Peak, The Pekoe Trail, Horton Plains NationalPark, Lipton’s Seat and many more.

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Pekoe Trail Haputale to Lipton Seat

Pekoe Trail Stage 13: Haputale to St Catherine

Pekoe Trail Stage 13 - Haputale to St. Catherine’s

Stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail is from Haputale to St. Catherine’s (Lipton’s Seat).

This hike is a distance of 13.48 kilometres.

The famous Lipton’s Seat, one of the most popular attractions near to Haputale, is a short walk from this stage of the trail.

You can see the section at The Pekoe Trail Official Website.

This section is closest to GlenMyu Estate which is a comfortable place to stay whilst hiking this part of the Pekoe Trail.

If you want to read more about Lipton’s Seat please read our blog post.

Here are some photos that one of our guests took when they went to Lipton’s Seat in April 2023.

If you want to read more about Lipton’s Seat please visit our Blog Post.

Looking forward to hiking Stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail

As the Pekoe Trail is a newly opened hiking path, we at GlenMyu Estate, have noted the opportunity to experience the hike.

We plan to hike the sections closest to GlenMyu Estate and will add photos, videos and a commentary on our experience in future months.

Canvassing our guests

As our guests tackle the stages of the Pekoe Trail we will ask them for their advice and information to share with others planning their hikes.

We look forwards to building a good level of data and knowledge, especially for Stages 12, 13 & 14 which are closest to GlenMyu Estate

Update July 2023 - Our first guests to tackle this stage of the Pekoe Trail.

We were delighted that in July 2023 we had our first guests that tackled the Pekoe Trail between Haputale and Lipton’s Seat. 
They had a great day and found the hike quite tiring. It rained a little at the end of the hike but they really enjoyed their day. 

Our guests parked their car in Haputale and hired a Tuk Tuk to take them back to pick up their car at the end of their hike.

We were delighted when they sent the following photographs of their hike.

Why stay at GlenMyu Estate when hiking stage 13?

It is a great place to re-energise after a long days hike is GlenMyu Estate which is close to Beragala and Haputale.

A dip in the Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool is a great way to ease those muscles.

There are 3 bedrooms with private bathrooms which have spectacular views towards Udawalawe Reservoir and the Southern coast.
A comfortable kingsize bed with a view of the hills below is a place where you can really relax in luxury.

Great food to provide sustenance for the next leg of the Pekoe Trail

Dining in the early evening with meals prepared by owner Ru will be a perfect end to the day. 

Please visit our website to see our food menus.

 Book directly by contacting us on WhatsApp or Email.

Alternatively we are on Booking.com and Airbnb.

One day is never enough

We find that most guests do not want to leave after one, two or three days.

Great temperatures

At an elevation off around 1,000 metres the climate is more akin to a summer in the UK. There is no need for air-conditioning and we find that our guests hardly use the overhead fan in the bedroom.

Where are we? How far are we from Stage 13?

We are located 14 kilometres from Haputale (around 30 minutes drive).

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More information about the Pekoe Trail

If you want to find out more about the Pekoe Trail please click here and visit our Blog Post.

Other Hikes Near to GlenMyu Estate.

Perhaps you would also be interested in a hike around the UNESCO heritage site Horton Plains National Park?

The Hike is around 1 hour 15 minutes/30 minutes drive from GlenMyu Estate.

If you want to read our Blog Post about Horton Plains National Park, Lesser World’s End, Greater World’s End and Bakers fall click HERE.

Watch the first Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail here.

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Tea bushes at Lipton's Seat

Pekoe Trail Stage 14: St. Catherine’s (Lipton’s Seat) to Makulella

Pekoe Trail: Stage 14 - St. Catherine’s to Makulella

St. Catherine’s (Lipton’s Seat) to Makulella is Stage 14 of the Pekoe Trail.

How long is Stage 14?

This stage of the hike of the Pekoe Trail is a distance of 9.38 kilometres.


You can see the section at The Pekoe Trail Official Website.
This section is close to GlenMyu Estate.
 

Highlight of stage 14 of the Pekoe Trail

On stage 14 of the trail you will come across green tea plantations, farms, village homes & historic bungalows as you trek through the forest, mountains and valleys.

Stage 14 Starts near the famous Tea Baron's Viewpoint

Lipton’s Seat, one of the most popular attractions near to Haputale, is a short walk from this stage of the trail.

For more information about Lipton’s Seat please click here to see our blog post.

Here are come pictures taken at and around Lipton’s Seat.

Find out more about the Pekoe Trail

To read more about the Pekoe Trail please visit the following BlogPost.

If you want to read more about Stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail – Haputale to St. Catherine’s (Lipton Seat) please click here to see our BlogPost.

A place to stay to rest and recover - GlenMyu Estate

A great place to re-energise after a long days hike is GlenMyu Estate which is close to Beragala and Haputale.

A dip in the Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool is a great way to ease those muscles.

Eat well

We prepare all meals freshly to order on the day. A majority of the ingredients are sourced from our organic garden. We also support local suppliers by purchasing the items we cannot grow. 

Ru is developing a good reputation at GlenMyu Estate for the dishes she serves. Please visit our reviews on Booking.com, Airbnb, TripAdvisor and Google to see what our guests say.

See our website our contact us via the WhatsApp Button for our direct booking rates.

We are also listed on Airbnb and Booking.com

Other hikes to consider

You may also be interested in a hike around the UNESCO heritage site:  Horton Plains National Park.

The hike is around 1 hour 15 minutes/30 minutes drive from GlenMyu Estate.

 

Read our Blog Post about Horton Plains National Park, Lesser World’s End, Greater World’s End and Bakers fall click HERE.

Watch the first Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail here.

Here is the official list of other places to stay on the Pekoe Trail.

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Pekoe Trail: Stage 16 Ella to Demodara

Pekoe Trail Stage 16 - Ella to Demodara

Stage 16 of the Pekoe Trail covers the 8.75 kilometre hike from Ella to Demodara.

Ella Town is an established tourist hot-spot in Sri Lanka and Demodara plays host to Nine Arch Bridge which is an Instagram favourite.

What will I see on Stage 16 of the Pekoe Trail?

After travelling through beautiful mountain forests you will marvel at the famous tourist attraction, Nine Arch Bridge.

How long is my hike?

This section of the Pekoe Trail is 8.75 kilometres and according to the AllTrails App is will take just under 3 hours to complete.

What Hiking Apps are recommended to navigate the hike?

The official Pekoe Trail website recommends the following Apps:

AllTrails

Outdooractive

wikiloc

This video by Marc Ramsey will give you an glimpse of what you will encounter and see on the Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail was funded by the European Union (EU).

It also had additional support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The implementation was by IESC on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism

The First Ultra Marathon on the 300 Kilometre Pekoe Trail.

GlenMyu Estate and thePekoe Trail

At GlenMyu Estate we plan to walk and record our experience of the Pekoe Trail. 

We will update our posts with commentary, photos and videos which will help you decide on whether you will tackle the Pekoe Trail.

GlenMyu Estate- an alternative to staying in Ella.

If you are looking for a place to stay where you can relax in between Stages of the Pekoe Trail, GlenMyu Estate, is good option for your to consider. 

GlenMyu Estate

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

We are listed on Booking.com & Airbnb.

Places to stay on the Pekoe Trail

Here is a link to the places to stay recommended on the official website.

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Pekoe Trail: Stage 15 Makulella to Ella

Pekoe Trail: Stage 15 - Makulella to Ella

 The Pekoe Trail Stage 15 takes you on an 10.12 kilometre hike from Makulella to Ella. Launched in launched in 2023, the Pekoe Trail is an initiative that was funded by .

What are the highlights of Stage 15?

You will hike through a forested area and be enthralled by waterfalls, rivers and the iconic Ella Rock.

What Hiking Apps are recommended?

The Pekoe Trail Official Website recommends the following Apps.

Where should I stay in between Stages?

Recently a list of  recommended Hotels, Guesthouses, B & B ‘s and Home-stays has been published. Click here for more details.

When an official list is issued we will update our post.

GlenMyu Estate Hotel, Beragala - Haputale

GlenMyu Estate is located around 1 hour away from Ella Town. It is an alternative option if you want to relax in comfort and outside of the main tourist area.

What do you have at GlenMyu Estate?

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
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The Samba Deer at Horton Plains National Park.

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

A three hour hike in the beautiful scenery of Horton Plains National Park.

Highlights include Lesser Worlds End, Worlds End and Bakers Falls.

A variety of flora, fauna and fantastic views await.

What places can I visit when I am on holiday at GlenMyu Estate, Haputale?

If you are interested in hiking and getting closer to nature, a visit to Horton Plains National Park would well be worthwhile. 

On the 11 kilometre hike you will visit Mini Worlds End, Worlds End and the beautiful Bakers Falls Waterfall. 

You will also see lots of different flora and fauna on your walk.

Horton Plains National Park.

On your holiday at GlenMyu Estate, Haputale, Sri Lanka you can take a tour to visit Horton Plains National Park. 

The park is in the Central Highlands and was designated as a National Park in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100 to 2,300m and is a montane grassland and cloud forest.

It is rich in biodiversity and it hosts several species which are endemic to the region in Sri Lanka. 

Where is Horton Plains National Park located?

The park is around 8 kilometres from Ohio and is a popular tourist destination for both foreign tourists and local Sri Lankan holidaymakers.

Horton Plains National Park is located 43 kilometres from Glenmyu Estate and will take you around one and a half hours to get there. We would recommend that you get up early and arrive when the gates open and we can supply you with a takeaway breakfast that you can eat when you arrive at the park.

Horton Plains are the headwaters to three major Sri Lankan rivers including the Mahaweli, Kelani and Walawe. 

Along your hike you will see beautiful valleys, forests, wild flowers and a variety of hills and streams.

The plains’ vegetation is grasslands which re interspersed with montane forests and many endemic woody plants.

The park is host to a variety of birds which you will see and hear on your hike. There is also herds of Samba Deer roaming the park and often a large antlered deer can be seen near the entrance.

The Samba Deer at Horton Plains National Park.

What's the main Event at Horton Plains National Park?

There are three main tourist attractions at Horton Plains National Park in addition to just enjoying the hike, beautiful scenery along with the flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction is Worlds End which is a sheer precipice with an 870 metre drop.

Horton Plains National Park.
Horton Plains National Park.
Horton Plains National Park.

You will also come across Lesser Worlds End (mini Worlds End) during your hike  at Horton Plains National Park.
This has a drop of 270 metres however also has a spectacular view on a clear day. 

Get there early!

As both Worlds End and Mini Worlds End regularly get encompassed in mist which blocks the view we recommend getting there early to have a chance of getting a clear view of the drop. We have not been successful on our trips to have clear views from both so you have been warned!

And Bakers Falls

One of the most beautiful sights, the beautiful Baker’s Falls. The falls were named after Sir Samuel Baker who was a British Explorer and Big Game Hunter.

The falls are a tributary of the Belihul Oya and the falls are a height of 20 metres (66 ft). It is a spectacular sight when the water is flowing well and here is a picture that we took when we did one of our trips there.

Am I fit enough to hike at Horton Plains National Park.!

We have found that the hike around Horton Plains National Park takes around three hours. However we took our time as we are not used to hiking on a regular basis.

There are some strenuous parts of the walk so we would recommend that you take some water with you and rest often. That being said we did one leisurely hike with a friends 74 year old mother! So perhaps we are just not as fit and able as we should be!

The effort is worth it just for the magnificent views and landscapes you experience on the way.

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What's the cost?

The Entrance fee is 5,000 rupees per person.

Unfortunately they do not have credit card facilities at the Park so you have to bring cash to gain entry.

Our Guests love it there also!

Lot’s of our guests at GlenMyu Estate house to go for a hike around Horton Plains National Park.

To date we have had good feedback from the guests that have completed the trek.

We have asked our guests to provide some photos of their hike so that we can show other guests what they might expect.

Of course, we can’t guarantee that the weather will provide opportunities for the fantastic photographs they have provided – but that’s nature!

Photos from Quentin and Marine

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