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Horton Plains in January 2024

What is World’s End, Sri Lanka?

What is World's End, Sri Lanka?

What is World’s End, Sri Lanka?

Where is it? How do I get there? What do I need?
What is the cost? Where should I stay? Is it worth seeing it?

So many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate love their hike around Horton Plains National Park and visiting World’s End.

We answer your questions.

A spectacular viewing point in Horton Plains National Park

The Horton Plains plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m.

It offers a stunning landscape to admire and photos of you sitting by the precipice is something to be added to your Instagram account.

You access World’s End on the 11 kilometre circular hike around Horton Plains National Park. 

It is a welcome spot to rest before carrying on your walk in this unique environment in Sri Lanka.

Mike at Worlds End, Horton Plains National Park.

Where is World's End, Sri Lanka?

Horton Plains National Park is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka of Nuwara Eliya District. 

Please see the location on the map.

You get to World’s End during part of the 11 kilometre circular hike around this montane cloud forest.

The other main stopping places on the hike Lesser World’s End and Baker’s Falla.

How do I get to World's End, Sri Lanka?

There are two entries to Horton Plans National Park named as Pattipola and Ohiya gates.

The Pattipola entrance is from the Nuwara Eliya side.

You can enter the Ohiya gate when travelling from Haputale or Ella.

It takes around one hour  to reach to park entrance if you are travelling from Nuwara Eliya of Haputale.

What will I need for my hike?

We would recommend that you bring the following items:

  1. Suitable footwear (walking shoes, sandals with a good grip or training shoes.
  2. A lightweight windproof jacket (you will probably need this for part of the hike).
  3. A hat and suncream (you are at a high elevation and the UV can be high)
  4. Some water to drink
  5. Some tissue paper (there are two toilets on the hike)
  6. Some snacks (We send you off with a pack breakfast from GlenMyu Estate)
  7. A smal rucksack to take your possessions.
  8. A phone/camera  (there will be plenty of Instagram opportunities).
  9. Binoculars (there is plenty of birds and other wildlife to spot)
  10. Walking poles (not essential as most of the walk is relatively easy).

What is the cost?

There are different prices for local and foreign tourists.

We visited Horton Plains in January 2024 and the total cost for two foreign tourists was LKR 24,000 (circa US$80/Euro €74).

Although this is one of the more expensive things to do in Sri Lanka, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we still believe that it gives good value. 

You will also be supporting local people that are employed at Horton Plains along with protecting this unique environment.

The hike around Horton Plains National Park is reasonably well marked and does not require you to use a hiking app to help you navigate.

However, it’s worth viewing the route to see what it entails.

Please click on the following  All Trails Hiking link to see the trail.

Where should I stay when visiting World's End?

There is some accommodation close to the park which is cheap and basic.

We expect better quality accommodation to be built in the future however there are lots of options of good quality places to stay in and around Nuwara Eliya and Haputale.

Many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate do a day trip to the park. GlenMyu Estate is a luxury bed and breakfast located near to Haputale.

Guests love being able to swim in the natural spring-fed swimming pool after their hike and enjoy the food and drink we offer.

Is World's End, Sri Lanka worth seeing?

We certainly think that it is.

Despite the high entrance fee compared to other experiences in Sri Lanka, it is something that we recommend to all our guests. 

Apart from a little disappointment on not getting a clear view at World’s End on a cloudy day, everyone love the outing. 

There is a sense of achievement as our guests return and an appreciation of a dip in our swimming pool to ease their muscles.

Resting on the hike through Horton Plains National Park.

We love it at Horton Plains National Park!

Horton Plains National Park is one of our favourite places to visit from GlenMyu Estate.

We have been lucky to get near views from World’s End (t’s not guaranteed!).

The exhilaration that you feel when you complete the hike is the icing on the cake. 

We do feel very lucky to live close to the park and have the ability to visit it often seeing how it changes during the year. 

The hike always appears to provide something new for us. We see wildlife that we have not seen before and the water flow at Baker’s Falls changes every time we see it.

I love chatting to other walkers that we meet on the trail. Some find it more challenging than others but they all are mesmerised by what they have seen. 

I also really enjoy seeing the large groups of local Sri Lankans, who are normally starting the hike as we are finishing. The sharing of the experience with friends and family is really heart-warming. 

I am amazed to see fathers carrying their children on the 11 kilometre hike. Grandparents are included and walk at their own pace. They mainly hike in flip flops which provides me with feeling of admiration of their ability and concern that they are not wearing suitable footwear.

Our guests also love World's End and the Horton Plains Hike

Our guests feel fabulous when they return to the luxury of GlenMyu Estate after their adventure at Horton Plains National Park. 

The sense of achievement is plain to see. Although the hike is not too difficult, there are places which are a challenge if you do not walk or hike regularly.

Walking at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft) above sea level, then you do feel that you have had a bit of a workout.

Most guests are surprised about what they see in terms of flora and fauna on their hike. It’s such a different landscape from what they have experienced around the island at the beaches or in the historical and cultural sights.

Horton Plains National Park.
Lesser World's End, Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains in January 2024

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 World’s End at Horton Plains National Park.

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 Horton Plains Special Offer

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If you manage to get a clear view at World’s End you will be amazed at the view from the 870 metre precipice.

Horton Plains in January 2024
Horton Plains Sambar Deer

There are lots of flora and fauna to enjoy as you hike the 11 kilometre circuit. 

There are lots of Sambar Deer that roam the plains. Here is a male, which was sitting near the car park, who is enjoying a meal in the long grass.

Hiking through this wondrous environment makes you feel great. You will have a great sense of achievement when you finings your hike.

An active holiday in Sri Lanka

We love Horton Plains so much that we regularly visit the National Park with friends and family.

Here is a short video of one of our experiences.

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 experience Horton Plains National Park.

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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Upper DIyaluma Waterfall - experiences in Sri Lanka

Our Top Two Experiences In Sri Lanka.

Our top two experiences in Sri Lanka at GlenMyu Estate.

Here are our top two experiences in Sri Lanka when staying at GlenMyu Estate. They were easy to select as we, and our guests, love visiting them.

It was not difficult to come up with our top two experiences in Sri Lanka.

We love them both and our guests come back mesmerised by their time at these two wonderful places.
One is only a forty minute drive and the other is just over one hour from GlenMyu Estate

So much more.

There are lots of other places to visit and experience when you stay at GlenMyu Estate. The two we have picked are our favourites. However, some of our guests have had wonderful times at places such as Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall, Hiking stage Stage 13  of the Pekoe Trail (Haputale to St. Catherine).

You don't need to go out.

Staying on the five acre property at Glenmyu Estate is an experience itself.

Many of our guests use their time here to rest and recuperate before exploring more of this paradise island.

One of the free things we do at GlenMyu Estate is to provide a garden tour. You can see what fruits and vegetables we are growing on the 5 acre estate.
We do not use pesticides or chemicals on the estate and all we grow is organic produce. 

Garden tours around GlenMyu Estate

Another experience that our guests love is our complimentary informal Sri Lankan cooking demonstration.
This fun activity is conducted by Ru’s mum who has too many years to mention experience in a Sri Lankan kitchen. 

 

We find that our guests love to learn about Sri Lankan cooking and some even participate a bit under Ru’s mums supervision.

The demonstration takes place when guests have ordered our Sri Lankan sharing platter. 

It’s a real experience getting to eat what you have seen has been cooked an hour or so earlier in the day.

Our top two experiences in Sri Lanka -Different options for different budgets.

The cost of entry for each of the experiences may result in a choice on what to do.

Going to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is the less costly of the two experiences that are in our top two favourites at GlenMyu Estate.
You can read about the entry cost at our article “Entry Fee to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall”.

Getting there by Tuk Tuk is what we would recommend. I did it in my car once. However, I would not want to repeat driving to the car park at the start of Upper Diyaluma.
If you have a vehicle, and are a confident driver, then it may add to your experience. 

A day trip to Horton Plains National Park is the more expensive experience. You can find out more about the cost at our article “Horton Plains Entry Fee”.
Although the entry ticket is costly, we consider it to be a worthwhile thing to do if it is within your budget. You will need to hire a driver and car to take you to Horton Plains (if you don’t have a car yourself) and this will add to the costs.

Horton Plains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the entry fee helps maintain the 7,180 acres and to support employment for local people.

The scenery, flora and fauna you will see on your 11 kilometre hike is an amazing experience. On to of this you will be able to enjoy the views at Greater World’s End, Lesser World’s End and Baker’s Falls.  

1. Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

Spending a morning (and perhaps into the afternoon) at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is one of our top two experiences in Sri Lanka.

You will marvel at being closer to nature in this beautiful landscape. Going from pool to pool and swimming in the cool water will make you feel great.

If you get there early enough in the morning, you may even have the pools to yourself before the crowds arrive from Ella.

As GlenMyu Estate is in closer proximity to the waterfall than Ella Town you may get lucky. Several of our guests have been able to experience this wonderful unspoilt place for a few hours before anyone has joined them.

Why should I visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall?.

Only a forty minute drive from GlenMyu Estate, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is a relatively newly discovered experience. Before the access roads were improved few people visited the beautiful pools Upper Diyaluma.

You can see the number of people visiting has increased as the local council have started charging a token entrance fee!

It’s now becoming a place that regularly features on Instagram posts by tourists that visit the Sri Lankan Hill Country. 

We recommend that you visit Upper Diyaluma as it is such an amazing experience.

The landscape appears to be untouched and you will feel a real connection with nature. 

The small hike to the top of the waterfall will invigorate you and warm you up before you enter the cool pools for a swim.

There are several pools as you traverse down the side of the falls. Each pool is unique being carved from the water eroding the bowls for years. The scenery and landscape changes as you descend  which gives variety and makes you want to stay longer. 

We spent around three hours on our day trip to Upper Diyaluma with our German guests, however we have had other guests who have spent most of the day there.

This is why Upper Diyaluma a makes it on to our list of our top two experiences in Sri Lanka.

Here is a glimpse of what you will experience at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and Pools when you are in Sri Lanka.

2. Horton Plains National Park, Worlds End & Bakers Falls.

Our top two experiences in Sri Lanka.

Why should I visit Horton Plains National Park?

Horton Plains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a unique landscape in Sri Lanka.

The Montane Cloud Forest which covers 7,680 acres are host to some unique flora and fauna.
There are also three main scenic places to stop and get those Instagram pictures.

We love the relatively easy 11 kilometre circular hike and feel a sense of achievement when we complete it. The elevation is 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900–7,500 ft) and therefore you do feel that you have had a work-out.

Our guests at GlenMyu Estate are sent off early in the morning with a delicious packed breakfast that they can enjoy during their hike.

Sitting and enjoying the views at Lesser World’s End and Greater World’s End with a flask of ginger tea and omelette with fresh bread is an experience itself.

Making you way to the beautiful Baker’s Falls and sitting watering the water make patterns on the wall of the rocks is a meditative experience. 

Reasons to Visit Horton Plains

Visiting Horton Plains National Park is one of the more expensive outings you can do in Sri Lanka.

However, it is on our top two experiences as we still consider it to be one of the best experiences in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

You can also visit Horton Plains National Park if you are staying in Nuwara Eliya. It will take you a similar amount of time to get there from GlenMyu Estate.

Our top two experiences in Sri Lanka at GlenMyu Estate - Summary

  1. Experience a unique environment in Sri Lanka
  2. Feel great – Hiking is a healthy way to explore the island.
  3. See the view from Little World’s End
  4. Experience the exhilaration at the precipice at Greater World’s End.
  5. Marvel at the cascade of water at Beautiful Baker’s Falls.
  6. Discover the Flora in this Montane Cloud Forest.
  7. Listen to and watch the the Fauna that inhabit Horton Plains.
  8. Spot and listen to the birds at Horton Plains.
  9. Practice “Friluftsliv” – be connected with nature and the landscape.
  10. To support local people and preserve this unique environment.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to visit Horton Plains National Park, Upper DIyaluma Waterfall and see many more fabulous sights.

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park and Upper Diyaluma Waterfall 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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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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The Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail is a newly developed 300 kilometre hike in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

It is designed as a 22–day walk from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya via Ella, Haputale, and Horton Plains

You can find out more at the Pekoe Trail Website.

GlenMyu Estate is a perfect place to stay if you are tackling Stage 12 or Stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail is part of the European Union’s 5.7 million Euro (LKR 2.2 billion) support for Sri Lanka’s national tourism strategy. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also provided approximately $787,000 (approximately LKR 283 million) to support the trail.

Reasons to Hike the Pekoe Trail

Be one of the first!

In January 2023 Ultra Marathon Runner Hyun Chang Chung ran the 300 kilometre Pekoe Trail in 59 hours. What an achievement!

You can read more at the FT Article and watch the video which will give you a flavour of what you will experience. 

By tackling the trail and recording it on on of the hiking Apps then you will help promote the hike to other walkers by sharing your experience.

Here is a video taken by Marc Ramsey in February/March 2023 which gives a beautiful insight into the Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail is an example of sustainable tourism that uplifts local communities.

It also raises awareness about the importance of protecting the pristine, natural environment.

An Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail

Ultramarathon trail runner Hyun Chang Chung completed his 300 km run along the Pekoe Trail, non-stop in 59 hours.

Hyun is quoted “The diversity in elevation, terrain, and environment as it winds around tea estates, nature reserves, and local communities puts The Pekoe Trail on par with some of the best trails in the world. This is my fourth visit to Sri Lanka, and I’ve found one more thing to love about it.” 

Where should I stay in between stages?

As the Pekoe Trail is a newly created hike and recently they have published a list of recommended properties to stay on the trek.

GlenMyu Estate is located near t stages 12 & 13 of the Pekoe Trail and is a comfortable place to relax after an arduous hike.

The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool is a wonderful place to ease those muscles.

We can also arrange for a masseuse to come to the estate and massage your legs so you are in better condition to attempt the next stage of the trail.

Find out more about a stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

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Horton Plains National Park

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.

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.

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Horton Plains Entry Fee 2023

Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka Entry Fee

The Horton Plains entry fee. What is the ticket cost to enter Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka?
Here we provide feedback from some of our guests who have visited the park in 2023. 
Clearly, prices can change and we will update this post during the year as we are told by our guests about any increases. However, here we tell you about the entry cost paid by our guests in May 2023.

UNESCO Heritage Site, Horton Plains National Park, is a favourite day trip from GlenMyu Estate, Beragala, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

Our guests love the feeling of completing the 11 kilometre circular hike where they see Lesser World’s End, Greater World’s End and Baker’s Falls.
There is also an abundance of flora and fauna to see on the hike through this Montane Cloud Forest.

What are the entry costs to Horton Plains?

Entry fees to Horton Plains have changed over the time that we have been visiting this unique experience.

In May 2023, our guests left GlenMyu Estate early in the morning to reach Horton Plains at the best time to try to see a clear view from the precipices at Lesser World’s End & Greater World’s End.
It normally takes around 1 hour 15 to 30 minutes to get to the park entrance.
As our guest leave early we provide a takeaway breakfast to eat on arrival at the park or on the route.

Our guests provided a copy of their entry ticket to the park.
The entry fees totalled 22,597.50 Sri Lankan Rupees.
This cost was for 2 foreign adults.

The copy of the ticket provides the breakdown of the costs.

You can read our BlogPost about our hike in January 2023 to Horton Plains National Park.

What did our guests see at Horton Plains National Park?

Our guests were very lucky to get clear views at both Lesser World’s End & Greater World’s End. It was worth getting up early.
We recommend getting up early for lots of sights and activities when in Sri Lanka and you can read our BlogPost about why here.

In May it tends to rain in the afternoon and our guests were fortunate enough to complete the hike, see the views and get back to relax at GlenMyu Estate in the early afternoon.

As it had been raining the previous evening the water flow at Baker’s Falls was strong which provided a stunning cascade of water.

There are also lots of Flora and Fauna to see in this unique landscape and there are information boards as you travail the hike worth reading.

Our guests were so lucky to see Purple-faced langurs on their walk. We have been to Horton Plains National Park many times but have never seen these unique creatures.

Despite the weather in May and potential rain it is a good time to visit the park as the Rhododendron Arboreum are in bloom only at this time of year.
This has inspired us to also do the hike this month and we will update this post with pictures of our hike.

You can read more about the Rhododendrons at this link.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and visit Host Plains

If you want to stay in a peaceful part of the Sri Lankan Hill Country whilst you visit Horton Plains, Ella Town Nine Arch bridge, Diyaluma Falls and more Glenmyu Estate is an ideal place for your holiday. 

Find us on Booking.com, Airbnb or book directly by contacting us via our website.

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Pekoe Trail Stage 21 Uda Pussellawa to Kandapola

The Pekoe Trail Stage 21

The Pekoe Trail Stage 21  is a 16.71 hike from Uda Pussellawa to Kandapola.

If it is a clear day you will be able to make out the contour of Haputale, Lipton’s seat and also Ella Rock whilst you are walking along the trail.

What is the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe Trail is designed as a 22 day walk from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya via Ella, Haputale, and Horton Plains.

It was opened in 2023 and was funded jointly by the European Union and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

The Pekoe Trail is a great example of sustainable tourism that uplifts local communities and raises awareness about the importance of protecting the pristine, natural environment.

Hiking Apps to use on the Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail Official Website recommends to use All Trails, Wikiloc or Outdoor Active hiking apps. 

Use Meta (Facebook) groups to

Although the Pekoe Trail is new there are already some posts on Meta (Facebook) showing peoples experiences on the Pekoe Trail such as

Pekoe Trail Sri Lanka – Hiking & Camping.

We plan to walk the Pekoe Trail.

We, at GlenMyu Estate, Haputale, plan to walk the Pekoe Trail over the upcoming few years as we have time between hosting guests. Our intention is to update the articles that we publish about the hike with a commentary along with some videos and photos. This will help you get an idea of what you mights see and encounter on your hike.

Where is GlenMyu Estate?

GlenMyu Estate is located 4 kilometres from Beragala Junction towards Koslanda and Wellawaya. 

We are in reachable distance for stages 12 through to 17 of the Pekoe Trail

Why stay at GlenMyu Estate?

There are so many reasons. We would suggest that you look at our reviews on Booking.com, AirBnb, Google and TripAdvisor to see what our guests think.

We have 3 guest bedrooms and we think that it is an ideal place for some  R & R in between hikes.

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

Other places to stay on the Pekoe Trail

Please click on the following link for other places to stay recommended on the Pekoe Trail website.

Pekoe Trail Stage 21 Uda Pussellawa to Kandapola Read More »

Pekoe Trail Stage 20 Loonuwatte to Uda Pussellawa

The Pekoe Trail Stage 20

The Pekoe Trail Stage 20 is a 12.37 km hike from Loonuwatte to Uda Pussellawa. Maverl at sights of beautiful rivers, caves and tea trails as you make your way through the trail.

What is the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe Trail is a new 300 kilometre hikes over 22 stages starting in Kandy and ending in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

It was funded by the European Union’s 5.7 million Euro to support for Sri Lanka’s national tourism strategy.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also provided approximately $787,000.

The trail opened in early 2023 and already lots of walkers have enjoyed tackling the individual stages of the trail and there are starting to be more social media posts showing what you will encounter.

An Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail.

There has already been an Ultra Marathon on the new Pekoe Trail. 

Ultramarathon trail runner Hyun Chang Chung ran the entire 300 km length of The Pekoe Trail, non–stop, in two and half days. It took him 59 hours in total. You can see more about Hyun’s endeavours in this video.

More information about the Pekoe Trail.

A map of the trail and its’ stages are on the official Pekoe Trail Website

You can also see some YouTube Videos of hikers tackling the different stages of the trail.

Here are some videos to whet your appetite!

Hiking Apps for the Pekoe Trail

The official website recommends that you use All Trails, Outdoor Active or Wikiloc to help you navigate the Pekoe Trail.

Outdoor Active Stage 20 of the Pekoe Trail.

Where should I stay?

When an official list of recommended properties to stay overnight in between stages of the Pekoe Trail, we will update this article.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate Hotel for stages 12 to 16

If you want to properly relax in a unique property surrounded by nature please consider GlenMyu Estate as your luxury option. It’s a plan you will not want to leave and most of our guests stay for at least two to three days to fully enjoy the property and surroundings.

Find us on Booking.com and AirBnb

What will I find 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

Ella Town: 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak & Ravanna Waterfall

Pekoe Trail Stage 20 Loonuwatte to Uda Pussellawa Read More »

Pekoe Trail Stage 19 Ettampitiya to Loonuwatte

The Pekoe Trail - Stage 19

Stage 19 of the Pekoe Trail is an 18.6 km hike from Ettampitiya to Loonuwatte, Sri Lanka.

The 300 km hike starts in Kandy and and make your way to Nuwara Eliya, passing through Haputale, Hatton and Ella.

It has 22 stages in total and the distances in each stage varies between 9.38 km (stage 14) to a maximum of 18.6 km. Stage 19 is the longest part of the hike.

More about the new Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail is part of the European Union’s 5.7 million Euro support for Sri Lanka’s national tourism strategy.

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

Hiking Apps to help you navigate the Pekoe Trail.

The official Pekoe Trails website recommends that you use either All Trails, Outdoor Active or Wikiloc to help you navigate the trail.

Stage 19 is yet to be completed via the Outdoor Active App (April 2023) – Maybe you can be  the first!

Outdoor Active Stage 19 of the Pekoe Trail – not yet available.

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Why hike the Pekoe Trail? This video gives you lots of reasons why to tackle at least some of the 22 stages.

An Ultra Marathon has already been completed by Hong Kong resident Hyun Chang Chung. He completed the 300km trail in 59 hours!

Where should I stay in between stages.

At the current time of writing (May 2023) there are no recommendations on the official Pekoe Trail website. In future we will update this article once a recommended list of accommodation is published.

GlenMyu Estate - good for stages 12 to 16 of the Pekoe Trail

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

Pekoe Trail Stage 19 Ettampitiya to Loonuwatte Read More »

Pekoe Trail Stage 8 Norwood to Bogawantalawa

The Pekoe Trail Stage 8

The Pekoe Trail Stage 8 is a 15.85 km hike from Norwood to Bogawantalawa in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the scenic “The Golden Valley of Tea’” as you pass through hills, valleys, lakes and scenic mountain views.

A project jointly funded by the European Union and USAID

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  in support of the trail.

The Pekoe Trail is designed as a 22 day walk from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya via Ella, Haputale, and Horton Plains.

The Pekoe Trail has diversity in elevation, terrain.
Your hike winds around tea estates and nature reserves. Interacting with local communities on The Pekoe Trail makes it an interesting experience where you can get a better understanding of how their culture and how local people live.

Explore diverse ecosystems ranging from grasslands to tropical forests as you enjoy the  mountain views. The cool air of the Sri Lankan Hill Country is invigorating and a comfortable climate to walk in.

The Island has a rich heritage, culture and history which you will get to understand as  you traverse forests, plains, rural villages, and Tea plantations

Hiking Apps for the Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail Official website suggests that you use either All Trails, Outdoor Active or Wikiloc.

We have added the links to the pages below:

All Trails – Pekoe Trail Stage 8

Outdoor Active – Pekoe Trail Stage 8

GlenMyu Estate and the Pekoe Trail

GlenMyu Estate is located near Haputale and therefore in in good proximity for many parts of the Pekoe Trail. We plan to walk the different stages of the trail ourselves and update this article with our own commentary, videos and photos.

We, of course, think that GlenMyu Estate is a great place to stay in between stages or to recover over two or three days.

GlenMyu Estate - Haputale-Beragala - Stages 11 - 18

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At GlenMyu Estate you will find:

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

Pekoe Trail Stage 8 Norwood to Bogawantalawa Read More »

Pekoe Trail Stage 6 Watagoda to Kotagala

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

Pekoe Trail Stage 6 Watagoda to Kotagala Read More »

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).

Contact us directly for our best rates

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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.

Pekoe Trail Stage 13: Haputale to St Catherine Read More »

Pekoe Trail; Stage 12 Udaweriya to Haputale

Pekoe Trail Stage 12: Udaweriya to Haputale

You can find out more at the official Pekoe Trail website.

GlenMyu Estate is located close to Haputale

How long is this stage of the Pekoe Trail?

This hike on stage 12 of the Pekoe Trail is a distance of 14.76 kilometres.

Highlights of Stage 12 of the Pekoe Trail

You will discover the Idalgashinna Railway Station on this stage of the Pekoe Trail.
This is one of the top five highest elevation train stations in Sri Lanka.

Please watch this video by Marc Ramsey of his trek through stages 16, 17, 18, 22, and 12 of the new Pekoe Trail in Sri Lanka to get an idea of what you will see.

An amazing accomplishment – the first Ultra Marathon run on the Pekoe Trail.

The launch of the new Pekoe Trail.

8 great reasons why you should visit Sri Lanka in 2023.

The Best Place to stay near the Pekoe Trail

There are lots of different types of accommodation in and close to Haputale. 

GlenMyu Estate is approximately 12 kilometres from Haputale Town. It is a great option to consider if you want to relax and refresh yourself before the next stage of your hike.

You can contact us to book directly or alternatively we are on Booking.com and Airbnb.

Find out more about GlenMyu Estate

Pekoe Trail; Stage 12 Udaweriya to Haputale Read More »

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.

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

The House at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

Places to Stay near the Pekoe Trail

Places to stay near the Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail is a newly routes 300 kilometre hike in Sri Lanka. If you are participating in the hike you will no doubt look for a comfortable place to stay where you can rest and recuperate. We think that GlenMyu Estate is one of the best choices you can make if you are tackling sections 12,13 & 14 of the Pekoe Trail.

What is the Pekoe Trail?

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

Hiking the Pekoe Trail gives you the opportunity to explore the best that Sri Lanka has to offer in an intimate, immersive and sustainable way.

You will discover diverse ecosystems ranging from tropical forests to grasslands whilst you are enchanted by the view across spectacular mountain vistas. The energy that you will feel from the benefits of walking in the environment will be enhanced by the cool, crisp air of the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

During your hike along the Pekoe trail you will also have the opportunity to get to know and understand Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, history & unique culture as you travel through forests, plains, rural villages, and tea plantations.

Where can I find out more information?

Have a look at the official Pekoe Trail Website.

Here you will find information about each of the 22 sections of the trail.

How many stages are there on the Pekoe Trail?

There are 22 stages of the Pekoe Trail.

The anti clockwise loop starts near Kandy and takes you to Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale and Ella.

Of course, you don’t have to complete each stage in order and spending some extra time between stages provides you time to explore some of the wonderful sights and experience that this paradise island has to offer.

Kandy is one of the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka and is home to the Temple of the Tooth and Perideniya Gardens.

Hatton is located close to Adams Peak where devotees and pilgrims tackle an overnight climb to see the sunrise.

Nuwara Eliya (Little England) is famous for being part of the Tea Country and is a perfect place to visit a Tea Estate and enjoy a tea tasting of the famous Ceylon Tea

In between Nuwara Eliya and Haputale is the UNESCO Heritage site  Horton Plains National Park. Hiking the loop within this Montane Cloud Forest includes Lesser World’s End View, Greater World’s End View and Baker’s Falls. Of course there is also an abundance of interesting flora and fauna to discover on the trek.

Haputale is close to Lipton’s Seat where the Scottish Tea Baron used to view his expansive tea estates. The town is also close to Diyaluma and Upper Diyaluma Waterfalls (the 2nd tallest in Sri Lanka).

Ella is an established tourist destination and the railway journey between Ella and Kandy is thought to be one of the most beautiful train rides you can experience.

Ella has bars, restaurants and a Zip Line to enjoy. There are also some tourist must do’s such as Nine Arch Bridge at Demodora, Ravana Waterfall and the short hike to Mini Adam’s Peak.

An ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail

Watch a short video about the first Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail.

Can I use an App to help me on the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe Trail is a new trail and already it is being mapped on Apps such as All Trails.

Who developed the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe Trail was funded by the European Union (EU) with additional support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It was implemented by IESC on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism.

Here are some recent videos about the Pekoe Trail.

What stay at GlenMyu Estate?

There are so many reasons to stay 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
Ella Town
9 Arch Bridge
Little Adams Peak
Ravanna Waterfall

Here is a taster video of what you will encounter during your stay.

Contact us for availability or find us on Booking.com and Airbnb.

You can find a list of other places to stay on the Pekoe Trail here.

Places to Stay near the Pekoe Trail Read More »

Pekoe Trail: Stage 1 Hanthana to Galaha

Pekoe Trail: Stage 1

The Pekoe Trail is a newly created hiking route in Sri Lanka. There are 22 stages on the trail. The Pekoe Trail Stage 1 starts near the historic town of Kandy at Hanthana and ends at Galaha.

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

The 22 stage walking trail takes you through some of the finest ecology and mountain terrain in the South of Asia.

The journey starts in Kandy and passes near to to Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Hatton & Ella.

How long is Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail?

Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail is a distance of 12.8 kilometres.

What will I see on Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail?

The highlights of Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail is the historic town of Kandy. In Kandy you can explore the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya and the important Buddhist Temple of the Tooth.

How long will it take me to hike this Stage?

According to All Trails the hike takes an average of 3 hours and 52 minutes.

It is  generally considered an easy route  to complete. 

What Hiking Apps are recommended for the Pekoe Trail

All Trails, Wikiloc and Outdooractive are the recommended Apps to hike the Pekoe Trail.

More about the Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail is funded by the European Union (EU) with additional support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It has been implemented by IESC on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism.

The route will take you through a diversity in elevation, terrain, and environment.

It winds around tea estates, nature reserves, and a range of villages where you will get closer to local Sri Lankan life.

HyunChang Chung, an international Ultramarathon Trail Runner completes the first Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail,

Some more videos about the Pekoe Trail.

Where should I stay on the Pekoe Trail?

Recently a recommended list of places to stay has been published.

Please click on the following link.

We would also recommend looking at the usual accommodation websites such as Booking.com, Airbnb etc. 

As the trails become more established we are sure that a recommended list will be available.

Stage 12.13 + 14 - GlenMyu Estate

If you are tackling Stages 12, 13 or 14 of the Pekoe Trail we would encourage you to consider staying with us at GlenMyu Estate

We have 3 bedrooms and think that it is a perfect place to refresh yourself and recuperate in between hikes.

Please have a look at our guest reviews to see what they think of a Stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb. You can also visit our website and contact us directly for rates and availability via WhatsApp or email.