Trekking in Sri Lanka is very exciting where long adventurous and grueling journeys are undertaken on foot in areas where pre-course mapping or tracks are not available and where commonly known means of transport are not available.

For the keen trekker, there are plenty of opportunities available in Sri Lanka's diverse and luscious hill country. The beautiful area of Belihuloya, located in the hill country of Sri Lanka, provides a superb base from which to try out a range of trekking tours through jungle, across paddy fields and up mountains. The river and numerous waterfalls in Sri Lanka are another key attraction that allows trekkers to enjoy a refreshing dip on the way. The mysterious Horton plains national park offers some excellent trekking in an unusual environment, inside forest patches, grasslands and some high-altitude vegetation. It is best to begin your ascent at night when climbing the infamous Adam’s peak wilderness sanctuary (Sri Pada), in order to arrive at the top in time for a magical sunrise when the mystical shadow of the peak is perfectly cast across the clouds. It is one of those truly unique moments that will live on in your memory long after the aches and pains are gone. In the vicinity of Kandy a must to explore is the beautiful Knuckles Mountain Range. The region stretches an impressive 155 sq. km, with five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery. It is a real paradise for trekkers, offering numerous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside terraced paddy fields and colourful Kandyan home gardens.

Travel Destinations of Trekking

  • Though not the highest mountain of Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam's Peak 2243 m (7,359 ft) is certainly most remarkable.
  • 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.
  • Polonnaruwa is situated 218 km off Colombo, 66 km from Sigiriya and 103 km from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
  • Ratnapura also widely known around the world as the City of Gems is situated 89 km from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ratnapura lies in the valley of the temperamental Kalu Ganga in the South-western Rakwana Hills.
  • Sigiriya is located 165 km away from Colombo, 77 km from Anuradhapura, 66 km from Polannaruwa, 91 km from Kandy and 109 km from Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka.
  • Sinharaja is a widely spread forest reserve, a national park and a bio-diversity hotspot in Sri Lanka.