The Pekoe Trail

Hiking at Horton Plains National Park

Best places to visit in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

The best places to visit in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We are often asked by guests that stay with us at GlenMyu Estate Hotel where are the best places to visit in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

There are so many places of interest to visit on a day trip from the Estate that guests could stay at least a week and still not really get to see everything. That’s why we love it when they say they will be back ….and some have!

GlenMyu Estate is located 4 kilometres from Beragala Junction on the Wellawaya/Koslanda Road.

We are not in the heart of the action (which is what our guests love!) however we are close enough to intersperse enjoying our five acre estate with day trips to see the sights.

So many choices in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

The options that are available for you to visit include strenuous and lighter hikes, spectacular waterfalls, peaks and tea estates, gardens and a historic house.

Ella Town - only one hour away.

The tourist town of Ella is only one hour’s drive.

You can also experience some hikes, see a waterfall and visit the high street with the bars and the shops.
A day trip fro GlenMyu Estate to see Nine Arch Bridge is also a great experience and you can read about our own experience in the following article “Our Day Trip to Nine Arch bridge”.

Templed Out?

There are some temples of all (most) religions to see however, normally by the time guests have arrived at GlenMyu Estate they have seen enough Temples, Churches, Kovils and Mosques in Colombo, Kandy, the ancient cities of Anaradhapura and Polunaruwa.

The best places to visit in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We provide a list of places to visit in the Sri Lankan Hill Country reachable from GlenMyu Estate.

Our guests like different things and preferences differ.
The antithesis in an experience at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall compared to  Flying Ravana Zip Line is a contrasting example.

Some places are for the more adventurous and some for the more relaxed.

We have not placed the experiences in any order of preference as we know that everyone is different.

This is what make life interesting and is one reason why we love welcoming guests to GlenMyu Estate Hotel.

Wonderful Waterfalls

The Tallest and the Second Highest Waterfalls Sri Lanka are within one hours drive from GlenMyu Estate.

Less than one hours drive from GlenMyu Estate, Diyaluma Waterfall is the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka at 220 metres high.

This waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka at a height of 263 metres. It is also the 461st tallest waterfall in the world!

The falls are located under one hours drive from GlenMyu Estate.

Of course, we can’t forget about Ravana Falls which are located outside of Ella Town and a good for part of your day trip.

Testing Treks and Happy Hikes.

Horton Plains National Park

This UNESCO Heritage Site is a mountain grassland and cloud forest.  It is between 2,100 and 2,100 metres in elevation and has an array of flora and fauna worth seeing alone. Horton Plains National Park also boasts two precipices and a beautiful waterfall to visit on this eleven kilometre hike. World’s End (870 metre drop) and Lesser World’s End (270 metre drop) are spectacular view points. Baker’s Falls is a stunning cascade of water, whatever the time of year.

This is a new 300 km trail with 22 stages that starts in Kandy and passes through Nuwara Eliya, Hatton, Haputale and Ella. 

You can read more about the Pekoe Trail at the official website. This is a new trail and in May 2023 some of our guests hiked from Haputale to Lipton’s Seat. They have shared their photographs with us. See our article “Photos of the Pekoe Trail”

We must also not forget the short hikes to Lipton’s Seat and Little Adam’s Peak.

A visit to Lipton’s Seat to see the view that the Tea Baron Sir Thomas Lipton surveyed his empire. It is a favourite place to visit for many of our guests who enjoy the short hike to the top. Many guests visit to the Dambethenna Tea Factory after the hike to see how tea is processed. 

Some of our visitors get up early in the morning to see the sunrise and come back to GlenMyu Estate for a late breakfast.

The two hour hike to the top of Little Adam’s Peak is quite easy and easy to find.

You will reach the peak which is an elevation of  1141 metres and see some beautiful views. 

Up for something a little tougher?

Ella Rock is a tougher hike to navigate. You can see more in this Vlog by

We can also provide you with a guide to see some of the hikes off the beaten track such as Pilkington Point and Millennium Point

Another good hike is to visit a remote school close to Koslanda. You can read about our experience in the following article.

A historic house.

Adisham Bungalow and St Benedict’s Monastery is located just outside Haputale.

The Bungalow was previously the country house of Sir Thomas Lester Villiers. It now it houses St. Benedict’s  Monastery  and has beautiful manicured gardens. There are three rooms in the main house that are available for guests to see.

You can read about our experience at our article “Our Day Trip to Adisham Bungalow”

A bit of bird watching.

Thangamale bird sanctuary is located on the same road before you approach Adisham Bungalow.

There are lots of birds that visit GlenMyu Estate. So if you just want a relaxing day you can just sit back and identify the different birds that visit the estate throughout the year.

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.

You can also contact us directly to ask about our direct booking rates.

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Pekoe Trail Haputale to Lipton Seat

Photos of the Pekoe Trail

Photos ofThe Pekoe Trail

GlenMyu Estate is located within reach of several sections of the new Pekoe Trail. In order to give you a flavour of what you will experience whilst hiking the Pekoe Trail we have asked our guests to provide photos for us to publish. Here are our guest photos of the Pekoe Trail.

As we have more guests tackling the Pekoe Trail we will continue to update this article.

We also plan to hike the sections of the 22 stage trail that are near to GlenMyu Estate and will publish our photos, videos and thoughts.

Our first guests that tackled the Pekoe Trail.

We are so grateful to George and Emily who shared their photos with us of their hike at Stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail between Haputale and Lipton’s Seat.

They stayed at GlenMyu Estate in early July and the weather on the day was a little cloudy. Despite the weather, and the threat of rain they managed to complete the hike and share their photos.

I think that it was probably better to hike in some cloud cover as it can get quite hot during some months of the year. Also, hiking at c 1,400 metres up to an elevation of c 1,700 metres means that you will need sunscreen and a hat even if on a cloudy day.

George and Emily's photos July 2023.

George and Emily completed Stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail (Haputale to St Catherine’s (Lipton’s Seat)) in early July 2023 .

Stay at GlenMyu Estate between hiking the Pekoe Trail.

GlenMyu Estate is located in Beragala which is close to Haputale. It is a good option for quality accommodation for stages 12 to 17 of the Pekoe Trail.

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb

For our best rates please contact us via the WhatsApp button which can be found on our website.

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Pekoe Trail Stage 11 Horton Plains to Udaweriya

Pekoe Trail Stage 11

The Pekoe Trail Stage 11  is 13.12 km hike from Horton Plains to Udaweriya in Sri Lanka. Experience the beautiful cloud forest in the UNESCO site.

Hiking the Pekoe Trail takes you from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya via Ella, Haputale, and Horton Plains.

You will experience a variety of terrain whilst enjoying the vista including tea plantations, mountains, rivers, paddy fields and more. 

Reasons to hike the Pekoe Trail.

A glimpse of what you will experience on the Pekoe Trail.

Hiking Apps to help you on your Trek.

There are three hiking apps recommended on the official Pekoe Trail website. 

All TrailsPekoe Trail Stage 11

Outdoor ActiveStage 11 of the Pekoe Trail.

Here is a video by Marc Ramsey of his experience of some of the stages on the Pekoe Trail.

Recommended places to stay on the Pekoe Trail

Recently a list of recommended places to stay has been published on the Pekoe Trail website. Click on this link for more details.

GlenMyu Estate - A Stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is within reaching distance of Stages 12,13,14,15,& 16 of the Pekoe Trail. 
It is a really comfortable place to rest and recover from your hike based in the Sri Lankan Hill Country close to Haputale.

We have a Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming pool which is a wonderful place to ease those muscles after your hike.

For best rates contact us directly via our WhatsApp button on this page.

We are listed on Airbnb and Booking.com.

A Stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A taste of what you will experience when you stay at GlenMyu Estate.

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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

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Pekoe Trail Stage 18 Ettampitiya to Loonuwatte

The Pekoe Trail - Stage 18

The Pekoe Trail Stage 18 takes you on an 13.96 kilometre hike from Hali-Ela to Ettampitiya.

You will enjoy a walk through picturesque paddy fields, tea trails and hills, and also see panoramic views.

What will I see on Stage 18 of the Pekoe Trail?

At this stage we at GlenMyu Estate are yet to complete this part of the trail and we will update this article when we have done so. We will provide a commentary along with videos and photos.

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.

Are there any recommended Hiking Apps?

The official website for the Pekoe Trail recommends Wikiloc, All Trails and Outdoor Active to help you navigate your hike.

All Trails – Stage 18 of the Pekoe Trail.

Outdoor Active – Stage 18 of the Pekoe Trail – to be added when available.

Where should I stay?

Presently there is no list of recommended places to stay on the official Pekoe Trail Website. When this is available we will update this article.

GlenMyu Estate Hotel – a place to stay at Stages 12, 13,14,15,16 of the Pekoe Trail.

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Pekoe Trail Stage 10 Dayagama to Horton Plains

The Pekoe Trail Stage 10

The Pekoe Trail Stage 10 is a 14.88 kilometre hike from Dayagama to Horton Plains in Sri Lanka. You can access this part of the Pekoe Trail is from Nuwara Eliya which is known as “Little England”. This stage of the trail will take you to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Horton Plains National park.

Any Hiking Apps to help navigate the Pekoe Trail?

There are three hiking Apps that are recommended by the Pekoe Trail official website.

Outdoor Active – Stage 10 of the Pekoe Trail.

Wikiloc – Stage 10 of the Pekoe Trail.

Why Hike the Pekoe Trail?

Here is a video from Travel Guru which gives a good insight into what you will experience.

Getting away from the stresses and hustle and bustle of everyday life and getting closer to nature is a good reason to hike the Pekoe Trail.

Where should I stay en route?

We understand at this time there is no official list of places to stay on the Pekoe Trail. When this list os published we will update this article. 

There is a wide array of accommodation to choose from for any budget and we would recommend looking at the recognised accommodation websites such as Booking.com and Airbnb.

GlenMyu Estate is within good reach of Nuwara Eliya, Haputale and Ella which covers several stages of the Pekoe Trail.

We are on Booking.com and Airbnb.

Book direct with us by pressing the WhatsApp button our our website.

We love visiting Horton Plains National Park.

Here is a link to our BlogPost about our experience at Horton Plains National Park.

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Pekoe Trail Stage 9 Bogawantalawa to Dayagama

The Pekoe Trail Stage 9

The Pekoe Trail Stage 9 is a 16.46 km hike from Bogawantalawa to Dayagama in Sri Lanka. You can enjoy views of forests, valleys, mountains & tea fields and you walk through this beautiful part of the country.

Inspiration to Hike the Pekoe Trail.

Here are some videos to inspire you to put on your boots and walk the new Pekoe Trail.

What will I see on the Pekoe Trail?

Here is a video by Marc Ramsey of his trek through stages 16, 17, 18, 22, and 12 of the new Pekoe Trail.

What Hiking Apps wil hele me navigate the trail?

There are 3 apps recommended on the Pekoe Trail Office website.

All Trails – Stage 9 of the Hike

Wikiloc – Pekoe Trail Stage 9.

Outdoor Active – Stage 9 of the Pekoe Trail.

Who backed 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 jointly funded by the European Union’s 5.7 million Euro support for Sri Lanka’s national tourism strategy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) who provided approximately $787,000,.

A great start - an Ultra Marathon.

Ultramarathon trail runner Hyun Chang Chung completed the 300 kilometre trail in 59 hours, nine-stop, in January 2023.

Where should I rest in-between stages?

At this present time there is no official list of places to stay recommended on the official Pekoe Trail website.

When this is published we will updated this article.

GlenMyu Estate - for stages 11,12,13,14,15,+ 16

What you will 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

Find us on

We are on Booking.com and Airbnb.

See our reviews on Google and TripAdvisor.

Follow us on our Social Media Sites.

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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

Our Location and Social Media Sites

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

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Pekoe Trail Stage 7 Kotagala to Norwood

The Pekoe Trail Stage 7

The Pekoe Trail Stage 7 is a 15.5 km hike from Kotagala to Norwood in Sri Lanka. Enjoy scenic views as you make walk past tea estates.

There are some Facebook (Meta) groups that have been set up for the Pekoe Trail. 
We have seen lots of posts about local Sri Lankans and tourists hiking the Pekoe Trail.

Are there Hiking Apps which will help me on the Trail?

The Official Pekoe Trail Website suggests that walkers use All Trails, Outdoor Active or Wikiloc.

Outdoor Active – Stage 7 of the Pekoe Trail

Funded with assistance from 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 project.

We are starting to see more videos of people enjoying different stages of the Pekoe Trail.

An Ultra Marathon and the Pekoe Trail

Hyun Chang Chung was the first person to complete an Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail. He covered the 300 kilometre trail in 59 hours in January 2023.

Where should I stay when tackling the Pekoe Trail

There is no official list of places to stay whilst you are hiking the Pekoe Trail on the official website. At the time this is published we will update this article. 

There are so many different types of accommodation on offer on this Paradise Island. At this time we would recommend you to look on the normal accommodation websites such as Booking.com and Airbnb.

GlenMyu Estate Hotel - a place to stay

A luxurious stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

A great place to relax in between Pekoe Trail Stages.

Fins us on Booking.com and Airbnb.

GlenMyu Estate is within reach of stages near to Nuewar Eliya, Haputale, Ella and Demodara.

Where is GlenMyu Estate?

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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

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Pekoe Trail Stage 5 Kumbaloluwa to Watagoda

The Pekoe Trail Stage 5

The Pekoe Trail Stage 5 is an 11.85 km hike from Kumbaloluwa to Watagoda in Sri Lanka through rural villages and past rivers and waterfalls.

What's the Pekoe Trail All about?

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) provided approximately $787,000 in support of the project.

It is a 300 kilometre long distance walking trail through the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.

There are 22 stages of distances varying from a minimum of circa 9 kilometres to just over 18 kilometres.

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

The journey begins in Kandy and you travel towards Nuwara Eliya, passing through Haputale, Hatton and Ella.

This video gives you a good reason why to hike the Pekoe Trail.

These videos should provide additional inspiration to tackle the Pekoe Trail.

The Starting Point at Kumbaloluwa.

The finishing point at Watagoda

Are there hiking Apps that will help me?

The Pekoe Trail Official Website recommends All Trails, Outdoor Active and Wikiloc to help you navigate your hike.

All Trails – Pekoe Trail Stage 5

Outdoor Active – Pekoe Trail Stage 5

Wikiloc – Pekoe Trail Stage 5

Where should I stay on the Pekoe Trail?

Sri Lanka offers a wide range of accommodation which you can find on the usual websites such as Booking.com and Airbnb. 

You can stay at a homestay, hostel, B &B, boutique hotel and on and up to 5 star global brand hotels.


At the time of writing The Official Pekoe Trail Website does not have a list of recommended accommodation to stay at along the trail.

When this is published we will update this article with the relevant link.

GlenMyu Estate Hotel, Haputale- Beragala

Located close to Haputale and within reach of Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains National Park, Lipton’s Seat, Ella and Demodara, GlenMyu Estate is a luxury stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

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

We are listed on Airbnb and Booking.com.

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Pekoe Trail Stage 4 Thawalantenna to Kumbaloluwa

The Pekoe Trail Stage 4

The Pekoe Trail Stage 4 encompasses a 9.5 km hike from Thawalantenna to Kumbaloluwa in Sri lanka. Marvel at Waterfalls, forests & valleys..

What is the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe trail is a 22 stage, 300 kilomtre hike in Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands.

It starts in Kandy and you will make your way to Nuwara Eliya, passing through Haputale, Hatton and Ella.

Funding for the Pekoe Trail was from the European Union (Euros 5.7 million) and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed approximately $787,000.

The project was aimed at supporting Sri Lanka’s national tourism strategy.

What will I see on the Pekoe Trail?

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

You will come across beautiful vistas as you pass by tea plantations, forests, rivers and paddy fields.

The Country is steeped in culture and history and you will meet local people on the way and see how they live.

Sri Lankan’s always have a warm smile for visitors to the Country and they are proud to show it off to those who show an interest.

How long is each stage of the Pekoe Trail?

The length of the stages vary from just over 9 kilometres to 18 kilometres long. You can see the distance of each stage on the official Pekoe Trail Website.

How will I know where to go?

You can either tackle the Pekoe Trail with a guide or use one of the Hiking Apps recommended on the Official Pekoe Trail Website.

They are All Trails, Outdoor Active and Wikiloc.

There are Facebook (Meta) groups which are easily found where you can see other peoples experiences of their hikes. If you are looking for a guide it may be worth asking for recommendations on these sites.

All Trails – Pekoe Trail Stage 4.

Outdoor Active – Pekoe Trail Stage 4.

Wikiloc – Pekoe Trail Stage 4.

Here are some videos which give some more information abut the Pekoe Trail and hopefully will inspire you to get your boots on!

Are there recommended places to stay in between stages?

Unfortunately there is not a list of recommended places to stay on the Official Pekoe Trail Website at present. We will update this article as soon as we are aware that one has been issued.

In Sri Lanka you have a wide variety of types of accommodations to choose from for all types of budget.

There are lots to choose from on the usual hotel booking sites such as Booking.Com and Airbnb. 

Choose GlenMyu Estate Hotel.

GlenMyu Estate Hotel is located near to Haputale and therefore is in good proximity of stages 11 – 16 of the Pekoe Trail.

It is an ideal place to spend two for three days to rest in between stages.

Where is GlenMyu Estate?

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Pekoe Trail Stage 3 Loolkandura to Thawalantenna

The Pekoe Trail Stage 3

The Pekoe Trail Stage 3 is a 17.23 kilometre hike that takes you through tea fields and forests from Loolkandura to Thawalantenna.

What is the Pekoe Trail?

The Pekoe Trail is a new hiking trail from Kandy through to Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. It encompasses 300 kilometres in 22 stages and takes in some beautiful scenery and 

Walking the Pekoe Trail, takes you through some of the finest ecology and mountain terrain in the South of Asia.

Marvel when you encouter across beautiful views as you walk by tea plantations, forests, rivers and paddy fields.

Sri Lanka is steeped in both culture and history. Your experience will be elevated as you meet local folk on the way and see how they live.

You will soon be aware that Sri Lankan’s always have a warm smile for visitors to the Country. They are proud to share how they live their lives to those who show an interest.

These videos give a taste of what you will experience on the Pekoe Trail.

A new trail funded by the european Union and USAID

Funding for the Pekoe Trail was from the European Union (Euros 5.7 million) and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed approximately US$787,000.

How do I navigate the Pekoe Trail?

The Official Pekoe Trail Website recommends that you use one of the following hiking apps:

All Trails
Outdoor Active
Wikiloc

You can also look to hire a guide for the trail which should add to the experience as they should be able to point out areas of interest. They may also have a knowledge of the flora and fauna that you will see on your walk. There are some Facebook (Meta) groups that may be able to help you source a guide.

All Trails – Pekoe Trail Stage 2

Outdoor Active – Pekoe Trail Stage 2

Wikiloc – Pekoe Trail Stage 2

Where should I stay in between stages?

Presently there are no recommended lists of places to stay on the official Pekoe Trail website.

We will update this article when a recommended list is published.

However, there is a wide variety of places to stay to suit all types of budget in Sri Lanka. From Homestay and Hostels to B & B’s to Luxury Hotels you will be able to find something suitable for you. 

If you look at the usual hotel booking sites such as Booking.com or Airbnb you will no doubt find something you like.

An option for Stages 12 -16 -GlenMyu Estate Hotel

Located around 12 kilometres from Haputale town, GlenMyu Estate is in a good location for several stages of the Pekoe Trail.

A comfortable place to stay and recover for a few days in between stages of your hike.

There are lots of reasons to choose 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.

There are lots of places of interest to visit within reach of the Estate:

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 3 Loolkandura to Thawalantenna Read More »

Pekoe Trail – Stage 2 Galaha to Loolkandura

The Pekoe Trail Stage 2

The Pekoe Trail Stage 2 is  a 14.69 kilometre hike from Galaha to Loolkandura.

What will I see on my hike?

You will see steeped in historic significance, this stage takes you to the first tea plantation in Sri Lanka.

Here are some videos which give you an insight into the Pekoe Trail.

About the Pekoe Trail

The official Pekoe Trail Website gives you the details of the 22 stages over the 300 kilometre hike.

Who funded the new Trail?

Funding for the Pekoe Trail was from;

The European Union (Euros 5.7 million) supporting Sri Lanka’s tourism development strategy.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed approximately $787,000 for the project.

The newly routed Pekoe Trail takes you through some of the finest ecology and mountain terrain in the South of Asia.

Delight when you view beautiful landscapes as you hike by tea plantations, forests, rivers and paddy fields.

This Tropical Island is rich in culture and history. Meeting local people on your adventure will allow you to see how they live.

Like most visitors to the island, you will be met with a warm Sri Lankan smile.

Sri Lankan’s are very hospitable and do not be surprised if you are invited into someone’s house for a cup of Ceylon Tea to experience how they live.

Where is Galaha?

You will find Galaha on this Map.

Can I use a Hiking app to help me on the trail?

The Pekoe Trail Official Website recommends that you use either All Trails, Outdoor Active or Wikiloc to navigate the trail.

All Trails – Pekoe Trail Stage 2

Outdoor Active – Pekoe Trail Stage 2

Wikiloc – Pekoe Trail Stage 2

Places to Stay

At present, there is no recommended list of where to stay on the official Pekoe Trail website.

We will update this article when a recommended list is published.

However, Sri Lanka offers a wide variety of places to stay which will suit all ranges of budget in Sri Lanka. You can choose from a Homestay and Hostels to B & B’s and Luxury Hotels.  With the range of options on offer you will be able to find something suitable for you and your budget. 

We would suggest that you look at the normal hotel booking sites (Booking.com, Airbnb etc), and you will no doubt find something you like.

GlenMyu Estate Hotel, near to Haputale.

GlenMyu Estate is a good option for stages of the Pekoe Trail near to Horton Plains, Ella, Lipton’s Seat and Haputale.

The boutique hotel has:
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

We are listed on Airbnb and Booking.com.

Pekoe Trail – Stage 2 Galaha to Loolkandura 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 »

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 »

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.