Views and brews: what it’s like to hike the hills of Sri Lanka’s tea country
The Pekoe Trail is a 22-day, 200-mile network of hiking trails through the Sri Lankan tea country funded by the EU and USAID Tourism Resilience Project, implemented by IESC.
The aim is to develop, maintain, and curate a trail that promotes the diverse cultural and natural heritage of the Sri Lankan Tea Country and encourage its preservation ultimately benefiting local communities. The trail provides a world-class experience for both long distance hikers, runners, and those who simply want to walk for a few days in the Tea Country as part of their travels around Sri Lanka.
The Trail starts in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s spiritual heart, then crosses over seven valleys, across the eastern hills, and over some of Sri Lanka’s most dramatic and challenging mountain terrain.
The trail can be done in any direction, with a multitude of entry and exit points. It has been purposefully designed to connect important towns and villages, train stations, and interesting sites so that walkers can easily enter and exit the trail.