our pleasure tours: hiking and trekking
Sri Lankas are one of the few nations in a hot climate whose people love walking to explore their country. Groups of friends travel to hiking areas in the weekends. They visit waterfalls or climb mountains.
Advantage for foreign guests is: You will find enough hiking and trekking trails in Sri Lanka and en route you will meet more locals than tourists.
There are many jungle paths leading to forest monasteries or lakes or riverbanks or waterfalls or panorama viewpoints all over the country. However, two regions are of special interest for hikers and trekkers, namely the north-eastern and the southern edge of the central highlands.
Knuckle's Range in the north-east is Sri Lanka's best trekking area. But it offers less strenuous smaller routes for hikers, too. Mini World's End at Deanston is such a place suitable for a one or two hours walk. You will be surprised about both the scenic beauty as well as the tranquility of this place, it is not at all crowded with tourists, but every tourist falls in love with it.
In the southern highands there are more areas of interest. There are very different hiking or trekking areas between Adam's Peak in the west and Namunukula near Badulla in the east, the two most prominent mountains in the south.
Peak Wilderness near Adam's Peak can be crossed by trekkers, but there are almost no facilities on the way and you should not do this without the help of Sri Lankans. If you get lost, you will hardly find anyone in this remote region to help you.
In contrast, neighbouring Horton Plains with two excellent panorama views called "Little World's End" and "Big World's End" is a popular hiking area among Sri Lankans and foreigners alike. The normal three or four hours route also leading to Baker's Falls is really worth a half day excursion, you walk through picturesque open grassland and sometimes cloud forest and enjoy the views already mentioned.
Haputale has a trail to Lipton's Point, another famous panorama of Sri Lanka.
Ella offers a 2 hours and a 4 hours hiking trail to the two peaks framing the famous Ella Gap, the "Little Adam's Peak" and the higher "Ella Rock" respectively.
Starting from Spring Valley near Badulla you can climb the Namunukula mountain, but it is almost as high as Adam's Peak and much a much steeper trail without steps and completely without tea shops or any refreshment facilities. Better you take a full day for this excursion.
Apart from the hill country, Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve is another famous area for half-day or full-day walking excursions.
If you love hiking, we could guide you in many different parts of Sri Lanka and help you to see places most tourists never heard or dreamed of. And believe us, they are surprisingly attractive for those who never saw this mentioned in any pocket guide.
We also can arrange real trekking packages. Because we must carry the food with us and need an experienced local guide additionally, they are of course more expensive.
Hiking and trekking in Sri Lanka is not more dangerous or more difficult than in Western countries. But please be aware, there is one problem. And there is no other way to solve it than chemical protection (blue soap plus salt or repellents): Most trekking areas are notorious for leeches. And they sometimes pass on infectious deseases. So better listen to the advice of your guides or helpers.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
Meemure village life holidays
We recommend truly authentic holiday stays among locals in the hill country village Meemure, far away from any tourism hurly-burly. The remote hamlet Meemure is situated in the breathtaking landscape of Knuckles Range, a perfect starting point for trekking. Read more...
Private Cooking Classes
Anyone interested in small private introductory cooking classes will be welcome in Nelumpure. Learning Sri Lankan style cooking in a similarly familiar manner can be offered by Team Sightseeinglanka at many more locations, for example on Kalpitiya island in the west, which is well-known for water sports and dolphin-watching and within day-excursion-distance of Wilpattu National Park, or in Tissamaharama in the deep south of the island, close to Yala and Bundala National Parks.
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