Traveling towards the top of the country to the North Central Valley of the Kings, mountains covered with lush tropical forests disappears under the glare of the sun giving way to acres of light green carpets of paddy dotted with towering ancient white stupas and fed with oceans like reservoirs locally known as Wewa. Giant statues of Lord Buddha rises above the forest line while ancient palaces stand abandoned to the forest, waiting for a master, who long departed from life.
Day 1 Colombo
Reach to Colombo. Recover from the jet lag with a stroll around the Colombo city, Chill out at the Galle Face Green or water’s edge, Bird watching at Palawaththa Lake.
Day 2 -3 Kitulgala
Situated on the banks of Kelani River Kithulgalais surrounded by wet zone rain forest. It was the location for the Academy Award Winning movie, ‘The Bridge River on the River Kwai’. Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream.
Walk Kithulgala to Laxapana – 16km
Cross the Kelani River by a boat and continue to the northern edge of the rainforest where the trail leads up to the Seven Maidens Mountains through sleepy village gardens, tea estates and village roads.
Day 4-5 Climb Adam’s Peak
The climb is nearly 12km to the top of the 2,243 metres mountain and can take as long as three hours for an average person. The climb is possible from December to April and best attempted at night where you reach the mountain top to see the sunrise and the breathtaking views.
Access to the mountain is possible by 6 trails: Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte& Malimboda.The Nallathanni& Palabaddala routes are most favoured by the climbers, while the Kuruwita-Erathna trail is used less often.
The Murraywatte, Mookuwatte& Malimboda routes are hardly used, but do intersect with the Palabaddala road midway through the ascent. The usual route taken by most pilgrims is ascent via Hatton and descent via Ratnapura as the Hatton trail is the steepest, it is also shorter than any of the other trails by nearly five kilometres.
Day 6-7 Track Bogawanthalawa to Kalupahana.
Travel from Laxapana to Bogawanthalawa on wheels and plot a path through tea plantations, forest patches and gurgling rivers to the rural village of Kalupahana situated near Belihul-Oya.
Day 8-9 Trail Blaze in Haputale
Travel to Haputale from Kalupahana in a vehicle. Haputale situated in the tea-growing Southern Highlands is a land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls and is one of the favourite haunts of the tea millionaire Sir Thomas Lipton.Walk upto the Lipton Seat located within the Dambetenna Tea Estate. The Trail climbs to 1900m and was a favourite look out of Sir Thomas Lipton, the great tea pioneer.Climb down through the Nayabeddha estate and drop by at the Dambetenna tea plantation and tea factory, the longest tea factory in the country.
Day 10-11 Nuwaraeliya
Train Ride from Haputale to Idalgashinna
The train ride falls through a picturesque path and provides a bird’s eye view of the scenery around.
Trekking from Idalgashinna to Horton Plains (25 km)
Once reaching Idalgashinna commence the walk to Horton plains. Three miles below Idalgashinna station, on the southern slope of the range and surrounded by the Needwood Tea Plantation is the old abandoned Portuguese fortress, Kotugodella Fort. Only a few scattered stones and the semi-circular outlines of ancient bastions remain of the majestic structure once stood there.
Horton plains is one of the most isolated national parks in the country with few visitors and it is also only National Park in Sri Lanka where visitors are allowed to roam around freely inside.
The wild expanse of Horton Plains National Park, include the last montane forest in the country. Situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, the walk to ‘World’s End’ and “Little World’s End” within the park offers one of the finest views in Sri Lanka. The park is home to five endemic bird species that are found at this altitude including the Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Dull-Blue flycatcher, Yellow-eared Bulbul, the elusive Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush and the Sri Lanka Woodpigeon. Mammals include plenty of Sambar, the Slender Loris; Bear Monkey and an occasional Leopard.
Trek from NuwaraEliya to the Single Tree Mountain or UdaRadella and Shanthipura – 8 km ,
The walk begins by climbing up Single Tree Mountainthrough tea plantations and Eucalyptus forests, before descending to the tea plantation of Shantipura. The walk continues to the lookout at UdaRadella which provides a breath-taking views south to Adam’s Peak and north to the Kandyan hills. Walk back through Shantipura by a different route and get back to NuwaraEliya.
Day 12-13 Kandy
Trek from Knuckles Range to to the Deanston Park via Corbert’s Gap.
The Knuckles mountain range named for its resemblance to a set of knuckles in a closed fist consists of five mountain peaks with the highest point at about 6,000 ft above sea level and spans for 155 sqkms. A wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna makes this wilderness a storehouse of rich biodiversity.
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