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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

We are listed in Airbnb and Booking.com

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.

The Pekoe Trail Read More »

Swimming at Upper Diyaluma Pools

Our Day Trip to Diyaluma Waterfall

Our Day Trip to Diyaluma Waterfall

In early October 2022 we did our first day trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

I had seen Diyaluma Waterfall on several occasions as it is easily viewed from the road between Beragala and Koslanda.

One thing I hadn’t done was visited Upper Diyaluma. 

Instagram is full of stunning pictures of the pools, the view and of people in various poses marking their time at this wondrous place

We have had several guests at GlenMyu Estate who have enjoyed a day trip to this increasingly popular tourist site. They all had a great experience and beautiful photos and videos recording their day.

Why hadn’t we visited Diyaluma when it is so close to GlenMyu Estate?

Building in Sri Lanka is a “challenge” and we really had to be on site during the whole build of the property to ensure the project ran “reasonably”smoothly.

We found often that, if we had to make a trip to Colombo for materials or provisions, when we came back there had either been slow progress or there were mistakes made which needed to be rectified.

The 5 acre estate was also really overgrown with unwanted vegetation as it had laid idle for many years and therefore there was a lot of landscaping to be done.

The hotel business  at GlenMyu Estate effectively started in January 2022. We we were really busy until May when the effects of the government protests, fuel crisis and food supply issues meant that the number of guests staying dried up.

Although we then had plenty of time available we were concerned about the lack of fuel available.  We had to save what we had until the government brought in their quota system where we knew we could get a weekly allocation.

An opportunity arises

We had two German guests book a 2 night stay in October and they were interested in visiting Upper Diyaluma. During our discussions about the trip they suggested that we join them as we had not seen the whole of Diyaluma.

The next day, the weather was good, so I accompanied Fabian and Sandra on their trip.

Diyaluma Waterfall - how far is it from GlenMyu Estate

A  day trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

It is around 19 kilometres from GlenMyu Estate to the base of Diyaluma Waterfall which is based on the Beragala to Koslanda road.

The drive takes around 40 minutes however as the road is being relaid there are some spots that have loose gravel on patches which makes some of the trip a little slower

About Diyaluma

Diyaluma Waterfall is the 2nd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka

It ranks 361st in the world.

The height is 220m (720 ft).

The Waterfall is situated around 6 km from away from Koslanda in Badulla District on the Colombo Batticaloa Highway (A4). You can see the location on the Google Map above.

A little bit more about the falls

The falls are formed by the Punagala Oya

This is a tributary of the Kuda Oya which in turn is a tributary of the Kirindi Oya.

Where does the name Diyaluma originate from?

In the Sinhalese language, Diyaluma or alternatively Diya Haluma  translates to “rapid flow of water” or also “liquid light”.

Some Folklore

According to Dr R L Brohier, Diyaluma is the setting of the tale of a tragedy involving a young chieftain who had been banished to the highlands and the attempt for his betrothed to join him. 

As all the passes in the highlands were guarded, the young man let down a rope of twisted creepers over the escarpment, and as his betrothed was hauled up, she was dashed against the rocks and died.

The Gods, were moved to pity by the harrowing spectacle. They caused the stream to gush from the mountain and veil all evidence of the tragedy in a watery light, leading to the term Diyaluma.

The view of Diyaluma Waterfall from the road on our day trip from GlenMyu Estate.

You can see the bottom of Diyaluma Waterfall from the main road.

The amount of rain determines how much water you will see coming down the falls however it is an amazing sight whatever the rainfall

It’s a great place to stop and take some pictures and there are a few shops nearby offering refreshments.

The road to Upper Diyaluma

On our day trip to Upper Diyaluma we decided to drive up to a parking place which is takes you to the start of the walking trail..

There are always some Tuk Tuks offering to take you there and, in hindsight, I wish we had taken that option.

The road up is a single track and if you meet another vehicle on the way it is quite a challenge and not great for the nerves.

We had taken a driver, Indunil, with us as he had taken guests from GlenMyu Estate to Upper Diyaluma in his Tuk Tuk for us in the past.

We did meet a Tuk Tuk and a small lorry on the way and I was pleased that I didn’t have to navigate getting past them on this small road.

On our next trip we will certainly be hiring a Tuk Tuk to take us up.

The start of the trek to Upper Diyaluma

We parked the car next to a shop which offered free parking. Of course, in exchange we would buy something from the shop when we returned.

The trek starts with several steps roughly made from rocks as you can see from the photographs below.

It was okay climbing up however I did think that if it was the rainy season you would need to be very careful.

We passed some tea bushes on the way up as it is in a tea growing area. Ruwanthi had a chat with the guests about the tea bush.

We reached another little shop where we enjoyed the views of the hills across the valley. After a small chat with the shop owner we headed on.

The next section traversed along a cut pathway through some trees which provided a little relief from the warmth and was really welcomed. We went onwards through path through some longer grass. Fabian remarked that he was pleased that he had worn long trousers.

Here are some pictures that I took along the route during the hike one our day trip to Diyaluma Waterfall

It was quite exciting seeing the waterfall and pools in the distance and we were keen to get to our destination.

Amazing Upper Diyaluma Pools

I can’t explain the feeling that came over me when I saw the first of many pools at Upper Diyaluma. It was just amazing. To have this stunning natural place of beauty so near to GlenMyu Estate makes us feel so thankful.

Since moving to Sri Lanka we have gained a much higher appreciation of nature. We feel blessed to be able to immerse ourselves in what the Earth offers.

At the top there is a stunning clear stream which has a beautiful small waterfall at the start.

I only ventured so far to take some pictures and videos however Ruwanthi explored the area fully and was mesmerised.

Looking downward we were delighted to see and immerse ourselves in the pools that have been caved naturally into the rock.

The water is cool however it was a warm day and therefore didn’t take long to warm up after a dip

We spent quite a while there at the pools enjoying this natural phenomenon.

These are some pictures of the conditions we encountered on the way down.

We ventured down to the next set of pools and were amazed even further.

There was a rope helping the entry and exit of one of the pools. It was deep enough to have a swim and also shallow enough at one end to sit and enjoy the views.

Ru swimming at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Sri Lanka.

The next set of pools were also amazing. (I know I’m using amazing a lot however this is the word that best describes my feeling).

This pool was deeper and was filled from a beautiful waterfall. We spent quite some time here and Ruwanthi really enjoyed her swim.

There were some other Foreigners visiting Upper Diyaluma and we had a chat with some other German, British and Israeli tourists.

One couple took a while before they jumped into one of the pools as the water was quite cold. However, once they were in and moving, they had a great experience there.

Another descent and we stopped by a much larger pool and waterfall. Ruwanthi wandered along the rocks at the bottom of the waterfall and also enjoyed another swim.

Diyaluma Falls: Sri Lanka's second tallest waterfall

A word of warning!

The last picture has a warning sign about no bathing.

Clearly we should all follow waning signs.

However the water flow was quite low as there had not been much rain and therefore we decided to take a considered risk and go into the pools.

Getting into some of the pools was a little tricky and there was some algae in places making is quite slippy.

One further stop was made on the way on our Day Trip to Diyaluma Waterfall.

Our day trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall has lots of highlights.

This place was where I have seen most Instagram Photos as the rock formation and pools are just stunning.

By the time we arrived here it was reasonably busy with foreign and local tourists. It took a little bit is time for the Instagram spot to be free.

Here are some of the photos we took.

You can see the main road where the main Diyaluma Waterfall is from this spot.

After spending some time here we decided to do our final trek back down to where the car was parked.

We were delayed a little as some monkeys decided that they should enjoy Upper Diyaluma as well!

Another word of warning, We would not recommend you to approach any monkeys on the island as they can be dangerous.

Here are some photos of the trek back down to the shop next to the car.

When we arrived we were quite tired from our journey and we drank some coconut water from King Coconuts which were bought and prepared by the shop.

We all had big smiles on our faces as awe reminisced about what a fabulous day we had.

When we returned to GlenMyu Estate a dip in our Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool was the best thing to do after the heat of the trek and to work on our leg muscles which had been tested by the hike!

What would we do differently on our next trip to Upper Diyaluma

Transport

I would certainly arrange for a Tuk Tuk to take us up to the start of the trek to Upper Diyaluma on your day trip to Diyaluma Waterfall.

Indunil has taken guests in his Tuk Tuk from GlenMyu Estate in the past and acted as a guide for the day. Although you would be able to manage without a guide I would certainly recommend one as it makes the trek and day go much more smoothly.

I didn’t take a small backpack however I will on the next trip as it will be easier transporting, cameras, phones, swimming outfits and towels.

I would budget for more time at Upper Diyaluma. We spent around 3 hours there however we could have spent a lot longer enjoying the pools.

I would try to arrive by 9.30 am/10 am so that the full day could be enjoyed. This would also result in the trek taking place when the temperate was a bit cooler and there would be less crowds.

We started from the top of Upper Diyaluma and I would consider starting from the lower pools so that photos can be taken at the Instagram spot before more people arrive.

Our Day Trip to Diyaluma Waterfall- In summary!

We would definitely recommend Upper Diyaluma as a day trip from GlenMyu Estate and it now ranks equal to Horton Plains National Park as places to visit whilst staying with us

GlenMyu Estate - A Stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is an alternative to the busy tourist town of Ella to spend your time in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

If you want to find out more about a stay with us please visit our website GlenMyu Estate or contact us by WhatsApp 94 752 999 272

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.

Our Day Trip to Diyaluma Waterfall 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 22 Kandapola to Nuwara Eliya

The Pekoe Trail Stage 22

The Pekoe Trail’s Stage 22 is the final section of the 300 kilometre Trail from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. It is a 10.81 kilometre hike and takes you to Sri Lanka’s “Little England”.

Nuwara Eliya is known as the “Little England” of Sri Lanka due to its’ colder climate and colonial style bungalows.
The town in the misty Central Hills of Sri Lanka at and an elevation of 1,868 metres.

Historically, Nuwara Eliya’s once was a retreat for colonial planters and high-society. Even now there is a season to travel to Nuwara Eliya to avoid the heat of Colombo when the sun is directly over Sri Lanka.

Where is Nuwara Eliya located?

Who is behind 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.

In addition, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also provided approximately $787,000 (approximately LKR 283 million) to support the trail.

What will I see on this stage of the Pekoe Trail?

At this time we have not walked this stage of the Pekoe Trail however there are some Meta Posts from hikers that have. We will update this article with commentary, pictures and videos of our hike when we have completed the trek.

Here is a recap of Marc Ramsey’s trek through stages 16, 17, 18, 22, and 12 of the new Pekoe Trail in Sri Lanka

Are there Hiking Apps that will help me navigate the trail?

The Pekoe Trail Official website recommend the following Hiking Apps

All Trails – Stage 22

Outdoor Active – Stage 22

Wikiloc – Stage 22

Places to stay along the Pekoe Trail

At present there is not list of recommended accommodation on the Pekoe Trail. When this is published we will add the link to this article so that you can plan your adventure.

GlenMyu Estate is located close to Haputale and therefore is in reach of several of the stages of the Pekoe Trail. 

GlenMyu Estate - great for stages 12,13,14,15,16,& 17 of the Pekoe Trail

A stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

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

Where is GlenMyu Estate?

An Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail

Yes, it’s already been done!

Hyun Chang Chung, a 49 year old runner from Hong Kong completed the 22 stages of the 300 kilometre trail in 58 hours.

You can read more are the following article.

Here is a Video about the Ultra Marathon.

There is some more information about the Pekoe Trail in the following video by Travel Guru.

Pekoe Trail Stage 22 Kandapola to Nuwara Eliya 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 16 Ella to Demodara

Pekoe Trail Stage 16 - Ella to Demodara

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

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

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

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

How long is my hike?

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

What Hiking Apps are recommended to navigate the hike?

The official Pekoe Trail website recommends the following Apps:

AllTrails

Outdooractive

wikiloc

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

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

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

The implementation was by IESC on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism

The First Ultra Marathon on the 300 Kilometre Pekoe Trail.

GlenMyu Estate and thePekoe Trail

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

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

GlenMyu Estate- an alternative to staying in Ella.

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

GlenMyu Estate

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

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

A place to relax and be closer to nature

Within reach of the following tourist sites

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

We are listed on Booking.com & Airbnb.

Places to stay on the Pekoe Trail

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

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Pekoe Trail: Stage 15 Makulella to Ella

Pekoe Trail: Stage 15 - Makulella to Ella

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

What are the highlights of Stage 15?

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

What Hiking Apps are recommended?

The Pekoe Trail Official Website recommends the following Apps.

Where should I stay in between Stages?

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

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

GlenMyu Estate Hotel, Beragala - Haputale

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

What do you have at GlenMyu Estate?

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

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

A place to relax and be closer to nature

Within reach of the following tourist sites

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

Contact us directly for enquiries, rates and bookings via our website or WhatsApp.

We are also listed on Airbnb and Booking.com.

Pekoe Trail: Stage 15 Makulella to Ella 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.

We plan to tackle Stage 1 soon.

As the Pekoe Trail is new we at GlenMyu Estate plan to systematically complete each stage of the hikes and provide valuable information, videos and photos so you are best prepared for the experience.

Pekoe Trail: Stage 1 Hanthana to Galaha Read More »

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