Now with an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, hiking is gaining ground among tourists, as they take long walks in the countryside, mostly for pleasure or exercise. Since it is an outdoor activity, the bright sunny conditions, especially in the early mornings and during evenings, make walking a pleasure in beautiful natural environments or on pre-charted path ways which are now emerging. As a natural recreational activity and sport, hiking is popular among tourists who are focused on physical fitness. Since it is economical and convenient, hikers can walk as far as they wish to, through hills or mountains.

At a relatively low cost, local hiking equipment stores provide shoes applicable for the hiking terrain, water, compasses, hiking poles, backpacks with survival tool kits, food and medicine for overnight hiking.

Many local hikers in Sri Lanka walk during weekends or holiday vacations. There are hikes arranged by hotels for groups of people who want to go hiking on pre-planned routes through hiking trails that combine exercise with enjoyment  in villages and on densely populated country districts surrounding large towns.

Travel Destinations of Hiking

  • Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 5th Century BC to 10th century AD is situated 204 km off Colombo.
  • Ella is a small sleepy village situated 203 km from Colombo and 13 km from Bandarawela on the leeward side of the central mountains.
  • Haputale is a town 179 km away from Colombo of Badulla District in the Uva Province, Sri Lanka with an elevation of 1431 m (4695 ft) above sea level.
  • Kandy, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, is situated 115 km off Colombo, and 1600 ft above sea level almost encircled by the Mahaweli Ganga.
  • Kithulgala is a town situated 86 km off Colombo, in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest that receives two monsoons every year, and is one of the wettest places in the country.
  • The world famous Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, belonging to the Districts of Matale and Kandy.
  • Matale is a major town and administrative capital of the Matale District of the Central Province, of Sri Lanka.
  • Nuwara Eliya is located 168 km off Colombo, Sri Lanka, 77 km off Kandy with an elevation of 6200 ft above sea level in the central mountains.