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The Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail

A Sustainable Trekking Experience

Every trail is unique. The Pekoe Trail in Sri Lanka is up there in the top of the list when it comes to an authentic trekking & hiking experience with spectacular views. It is a 300 Kilometer, long-distance tea-trail-hike that snakes through the central highlands of Sri Lanka.

The Pekoe Trail takes you through a scenic trekking route in the hilltops of Sri Lanka which is famous for its tea plantations and stunning natural beauty. It goes through lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and verdant tea estates, offering an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and hikers. Along the way, visitors can also interact with local communities and learn about their culture and traditions. The Pekoe Trail is a great way to explore Sri Lanka's stunning landscapes and immerse oneself in the country's rich cultural heritage. You are guaranteed a sustainable travel experience in Sri Lanka with the Pekoe Trail.

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Scenic Train Ride Experience
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Taking a tour of Idalgashinna
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Walk through the Misty Mountains

Throughout its 22 stages, the Pekoe Trail passes through singular mountainous terrain of the highlands, to places with panoramic views. It begins in Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, and continues to Nuwara Eliya known best as “Little England”. It goes on through famous highland tea trails, so the climb is gradual and manageable. It then carries on through destinations such as Hatton, Haputale, and Ella. All these cities are frequently visited and lovingly cherished for their natural, historical and cultural importance.

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The Pekoe Trail
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Scenic Train experience over the mountains

The Pekoe Trail is a uniquely Sri Lankan experience capturing the diversity of the island, seamlessly bringing together nature, people, culture and heritage. There is an opportunity for the hiking enthusiasts to enjoy a first-of-its-kind, top-of-the-bucket-list trek, and a sustainable travel experience in Sri Lanka with the Pekoe Trail. It is managed responsibly focusing on low-impact tourism, which means the trek is designed to have minimal impact on the environment and local communities. Overall, this trekking tour in Sri Lanka provides a unique and authentic travel experience that benefits both visitors and local communities while protecting the natural environment for future generations.

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The Pekoe Trail
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A Taste of tea estate life

The Pekoe Trail also provides potential economic benefits to the communities by attracting tourism and as a spin-off, the surrounding local businesses, restaurants, accommodations, and retail stores can all reap the benefits. It allows the hikers learn more about nature, history, and culture related to Ceylon tea; the name itself “Pekoe” means black tea, made from the tea bushes hikers pass on their way. Stories attached to the tea estates and tea trade are numerous and diverse. Watching the tea pluckers start work early morning after visiting the red-and-white walled Hindu temples to put a red “bindi” on their foreheads, smell of the fresh tea leaves, and the warm smells wafting from the factories when young tea leaves are processed will make one appreciate the “tea life” of Sri Lanka.

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The Pekoe Trail
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Learn about the local culture by interacting with them

Stages of Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail consists of 22 stages, each stage measuring up to about 9-16 kilometers. Even though you can take this challenge on by yourself, it is always advisable to obtain the services of a qualified guide who knows the area, plans the whole trip stage by stage with accommodation and provides you with an overall positive experience. Best of Lanka has been creating a sustainable travel experience in Sri Lanka with the Pekoe Trail and other treks since 2001. We are more than capable of assisting you with an unforgettable adventure with any trekking tour in Sri Lanka. Our guides are professional and well aware of the hidden treasures of this trail and capable in taking you through safely. Talk to us for a tailor-made hike of the full 300km or parts of it, picking and choosing from the many stages. We guarantee you the best trekking tour in Sri Lanka of your lifetime!

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The Pekoe Trail Tours

The Pekoe trail is a 300km trekking trail that travels through the central hills of Sri Lanka. The Peko Trail starting point is Hanthana that runs through the tea plantations and scenic slopes all the way to Nuwara Eliya.The trail that is about 300km had been divided into 22 stages. Each section is about 12km and runs through the well-known areas such as Kandy, Hatton, Haputale, Ella and Nuwara Eliya. The Pekoe Trail trekking introduces you areas that had been hidden in these well-known destinations.

The Pekoe Trail Guide

The Pekoe Trail is a 300km trekking trail that travels through the central hills of Sri Lanka. The Peko Trail starting point is Hanthana that runs through the tea plantations and scenic slopes all the way to Nuwara Eliya.The trail that is about 300km had been divided into 22 stages. Each section is about 12km and runs through the well-known areas such as Kandy, Hatton, Haputale, Ella and Nuwara Eliya. The Pekoe Trail trekking introduces you areas that had been hidden in these well-known destinations.

How to plan your Pekoe Trail trekking tour ?

The Pekoe Trail is a unique trekking tour through the tea country of Sri Lanka and a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and breathe-in the fresh air. While planning the Pekoe Trail trek, you need to consider the route, distance, climate and geographical conditions, required gear and supplies such as water.

The Pekoe Trail trekking tour consists of 22 stages, varying in distance from 7km to 17 km through twists and turns, ups and downs. Some are closer to accommodation, or main roads; others go through footpaths barely recognisable. Pick yours after taking all these into account. It’s advisable you get in touch with an experienced Pekoe Trail guide to plan your Pekoe Trail Trekking Tour before making a final decision.

Speed or distance doesn’t define a hike; it is simply a great activity for anyone across the athletic spectrum.

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Trekking through tea bush land

How to pick the right trekking stages of Pekoe trail trekking tour for you ?

There are several stages of the Pekoe Trail with different entry and exit points; for e.g. you can take on two separate walks each, from Kandy or Hatton, three from Nuwara Eliya, and five from Ella. Each trail is of unique nature; some go up, some down, while some go both ways. When deciding on the perfect trekking stage, you’d want to take distance into account first. Certain trails are as short as 9 km, others longer, continuing for about 17 km. The right trail for you will also depend on whether you want a more exerting experience, navigating the twists and turns of the Sri Lankan central highlands, or a more relaxing walk, admiring the abundant beauty and head downhill.

Consider your health condition, and en route accommodation to seal the deal. Talk to us to make sure you have chosen right.

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Walk through the lush green tea bushes
How can you get to the Pekoe Trail ?

The Pekoe Trail is designed in a way that entry and exit points could be conveniently accessed via main cities. The trail itself, however, could be a bit far from the so-called civilization. You are escorted to the chosen starting point, from where an experienced guide will accompany you till the end of the trail. From there, you will again be picked-up and taken to pre-booked accommodation, or any other relevant destination.

As certain treks could be as far as 17 km, it is best that you talk to an experienced trekking company and decide on the right entry and/or exit points to access the Pekoe Trail.

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Take a stroll among the tea bushes.
Where to stay while on the Pekoe Trail?

There are many accommodation options throughout the Pekoe Trail, varying from chic hotels to homestays. Most of it is situated somewhat away from the trail itself, nevertheless you will be escorted to the hotel after finishing the relevant stage of the trail.

One of the main objectives of creating and promoting the Pekoe Trail is to bring more opportunities to the central countryside of Sri Lanka, where the residents can offer services such as accommodation and refreshments to the weary travelers for a fee. At present there are a considerable number of options from which you can choose one which suits your budget and style, as well as the stage of the trail.

An experienced Pekoe Trail trekking company can always advise you the best accommodation options for Pekoe Trail.

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Take a break from your trekking.
What to bring? Essential gear and supplies

There is some essential gear required for trekking. For the Pekoe Trail, what to bring changes with the journey you choose. Take distance, climb, and other technical difficulties into account, as well as the climatic conditions. One of the first items you should own is proper footwear. In addition to those hats, caps, rain coats and/or umbrellas will come in handy, during sun and rain in this tropical paradise. Don’t forget to pack some sun lotion, sunglasses and a bug repellent. An important companion should be your bottle of water. Make sure you have plenty.

Your gear should not be a burden. Whichever adventure you pursue, remember to keep that pack light! Get in touch with us if you need more assistance on this matter.

Experience of the Pekoe Trail Trek

The Pekoe Trail is an initiative of those who wanted the trekkers to have an all-inclusive experience. It is not only for the seasoned hikers, but also for the novices and the first-time- tryouts. The shorter treks fit the latter groups perfectly. It is also an objective of the creators that the trekkers immerse in the local tea-life of this enchanting island. Those who love a cuppa get to see the joys and hardships of the ones who actually make the tea, thus appreciating the labours of producing the famed Ceylon Tea. The abundant natural beauty you’d perceive is an added advantage.

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Discover scenic tea estates on the Pekoe Trail Trek.
Experience the Natural Beauty of the Pekoe Trail

The numbers of the Pekoe Trail will astonish any trekker; in a small island such as Sri Lanka, this 300km highland trek goes through 24 tea plantations, hence earning the name “Pekoe”, which is related to tea. It continues via 3 districts, 2 national parks and 4 nature reserves, meaning you will experience an abundance of wildlife and vegetation, a considerable amount of it native to Sri Lanka.

Some of the top highlights of the trail are the sweeping view of the Dumbara Valley, the clouded Hantana and Uragala Mountain range, as well as the sacred site of the Adam’s Peak, first tea plantation in Sri Lanka, Loolecondera Estate and the famed Taylor’s Seat, Chariot path, beautiful Idalgashinna, St. Catherine’s Seat also known as Lipton’s Seat, biodiversity hotspot Horton Plains, Ella Gap and the Nine Arches Bridge, and the Pedro Tea Estate.

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Walk pass the winding rail roads that are built in British colonial era.
Embrace the Culture and Traditions of the Pekoe Trail

Any trekker will be captivated by the natural beauty of the Pekoe Trail which snakes through lakes and waterfalls, hills with sprawling valley-views, and colourful wildlife of all sizes and types. Nevertheless, the trail is also a symbol of cultural and religious diversity that makes the Sri Lankan central highlands that much special.

Walking the trail, you will come upon the crimson and white walls of Hindu temples in every tea plantation, Fig trees with Buddha statues and offerings underneath it in every corner, and Friday crowds at the green colour mosques in most of the city areas. Towards the more secluded parts of the trail, coherence of the spiritual followings become apparent with many different religious symbols set at the base of gigantic trees with offerings, as well as people of all faiths with their palms together praying to the unseen.