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Hiking & Trekking

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Hiking in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has variety of treks, ranging from even-kiddies-can-mangae to the hardcore professional.

Climbing Adam's Peak/ Sri Pada
Climbing of Adam's Peak or Sri Pada is a popular climbing route in Sri Lanka. It is also important from religious point of view since it has been a place of worship for last 1000 years. A huge footprint lies at the summit. Budduists regard it as the mark of Lord Buddha, Hindus think of it as being of Lord Shiva while claim it to belong to Adam. The peak provides interesting view at dawn. From town of Dalhousie, one normally takes around four hours to reach the peak.

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You can take buses from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy for Dalhousie during pilgrimage season. In other time of the year, you would have to first reach Hatton or Maskeliya and then board a bus. However you can also take taxis from these towns.

Nuwara Eliya
The British had developed Nuwara Eliya, located at the altitude of 2000 metres, as hill resort to seek refuge from humid hot climate of the rest of island. Nuwara Eliya is the land of famous Ceylon tea, the heaving mountains of Nuwara Eliya are carpeted by green tea plantations, punctuated with gushing streams and waterfalls. Town of Nuwara Eliya is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Most famous place within Nuwara Eliya is Horton Plains, the highest plateau in the island. It has been declared a national park. Nuwara Eliya still carries the influences of Empire: a fusion of Tudor and Georgian architecture, gabled roofs, immaculate lawns with rose bushes and moss-covered gravestones.

One not-to-miss place here is the World's End. The Horton Plains shockingly ends here and drops off to nearly 700 metres, a hari-rising sight. Trekkers love to come to this place. You can hike on Kirigalpotta and Thotupola peaks, both standing high over Horton plains.

Mountain of Piduruthalagala or Mount Pedro, (2525 metres) is the highest peak in Sri Lanka. Located in Nuwara Eliya, it is covered by plantations of green tea. Rhododendron bushes bedeck and it is inhabitated by wildlife. Waterfalls scattered over the peak make hiking on Mount Pedro more fulfiling. However, for security reasons, it has been prohibited to climb to the top.

Hunnasgiriya, a 1184metres peak lies in Kandy district. Lower slopes are covered with tea plantations while on higher altitude, one can see sub- montane forest bursting with bamboo and wild strawberries. Top of the hill is occupied by moss and ferns vegetation. The hill has been inhabitated by several endemic bird species as well as deer, monkeys and giant squirrels.

Namankula mountan range of nine peaks, more than 1000 metres high, rises above the tea plantations in Uva province. Once you reach to the top you can see as far as Welimada Basin, the town of Kataragama, Uda Walawe National Park and even the southern coast. While trekking on Namankula range you can plenty of flora and fauna. For the people who are fond of eco-adventure hiking on Namankula range can be highly rewarding.

Trekking in Sri LankaKottapitiya
One can start trekking tour of Kottapitiya from Polonnaruwa. You can walk 8km along the ancient tank called 'Parakrama Samudraya'. You would cover a section walking along the Amban Ganga river and rest through paddy fields and small villages. Hiking to Kottapitiya would be a pleasant experience for you.

While deciding on any trekking or hiking tour, you should are advised to inform yourselves on following points.
  • Length of trek
  • Walking Hours in a day
  • Approximate altitude
  • Trail conditions.
  • Backpacking.levels
  • Average
  • Likely weather conditions.
  • Level of humidit
  • General level of comfort
  • Remoteness of essential services
Note:-Please note the weather condition in Sri Lanka: Lowlands- tropical, average 27C Central Hills- cooler, with temperatures dropping to 14C. the south-east monsoon brings the rain to the western, south western and central regions from May to July, while the north-western monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January. Sri Lanka boasts a good climate for holiday-makers throughout the year.

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