Sri Lanka has ‘truly delightful hiking territory, criss-crossed by trails that serve up some of the best views’


The website Asia360 is on a mission to explore the hidden beauty of Asia, and it’s latest post lauds our “truly delightful hiking territory, criss-crossed by trails that serve up some of Sri Lanka’s best views”.

“Rising at dawn is the best way to see this region of Sri Lanka burst into life, as the rising sun spills across lush and sweeping amphitheaters of green, and views stretch to the horizon, undimmed by early mists and the clouds that roll in mid-morning, obscuring famous vistas.”

The writer focuses on our famed Hill Country, where “the towns of Haputale, Bandarawela and Ella are surrounded by a blanket of vast, eye-pleasing tea estates, where swirls of planted tea bushes are stamped onto the landscape like colossal green fingerprints”.

Particularly noteworthy are the many alternatives to “the evocatively-named World’s End in Horton Plains National Park, but the sublime views come with crowds and high national park entry fees”.

“Luckily, Sri Lanka offers a series of alternative World’s Ends, reached by stunning hikes through similarly spectacular natural scenery, but without the crowds and high entry fees.”

The writer was particularly impressed with chose Haputale, “jumping-off point for an early morning ramble to Lipton’s Seat. From this lofty perch above the Dambetenne tea estate, tea’s most famous patron”.

Meanwhile, “Lipton’s Seat is only one of many wonderful walking destinations in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Here are some more recommendations for ways to soak up the scenery and bask in the balmy highland climate. Two are singled out:

Pilkington Point & Millennium Point. Start: Bandarawela. Duration: four hours roundtrip. Pilkington Point (about 1400m above sea level) is marked by a simple hut, erected on the spot where Sir George is said to have paused to admire the sprawling extents of the Poonagala tea estate.

Ella Rock. Start: Ella. Duration: four hours roundtrip. Reaching the exposed crag jutting out from the west side of Ella Gap involves a steep and challenging walk, starting on the railway tracks toward Bandarawela.

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