A Hiker’s Paradise: The Best Sites for Trekking in Sri Lanka
As an island blessed with breathtaking coasts, visitors to Sri Lanka are always in haste to visit the country’s famous golden-sanded beaches. However, as those who have found their way to the winding mountains of the Hill Country will undoubtedly tell you, there’s more to island life than just its pristine coasts.
Often resembling a movie set or a setting to an epic oriental romance novel, the misty mountains of Sri Lanka have always been a popular respite for both locals and tourists alike. If you’re someone more in favour of scaling mountainsides and soaking up lush scenery, our blog this week takes a look at the best hiking trails to conquer on your next trip to Sri Lanka!
Easily considered among the more famous Sri Lankan mountains, your adventure in the country would be incomplete without the rewarding ascent to Adam’s Peak. Considered a holy site for adherents of various faiths, it is the fourth highest mountain in Sri Lanka, standing at a staggering 2000+ metres above the sea level.
Given its unique geographical features and location, there are days in which the mountain can be sighted as far away as Colombo, a good 150 kilometres away. Given that there are around six different trails through which you can attempt to conquer this trek, make sure you stock up on all the information necessary before you embark on this epic hike. It is an experience sure to leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
The Knuckles Mountain Range
Unsurprisingly named so due to its uncanny resemblance to a clenched fist, the Knuckles Mountain Range, is another must-experience for hike enthusiasts who visit Sri Lanka. For those who venture on this trek, visiting the villages cocooned in these hills provides a stark contrast between urban and rural life in the country. Life there is stripped down to bare necessities, with no widespread technological use and seemingly little complexity.
Apart from getting a glimpse into the lives of the inhabitants of this area, you’re also privy to Sri Lanka’s nature wonderland, brimming with diverse flora and fauna. Similar to Adam’s Peak, there are many different routes which can be taken to explore the entirety of the Knuckles Mountain Range. Pick a path suited to your itinerary and preference, and experience the country’s stunning natural heritage first-hand.
Accessed via the lush expanse of the famous Horton Plains, Kirigalpotha is a pleasant hike for those inspired to trek to its peak, on the promise of breathtaking vistas of the countryside below. While the trail isn’t a particularly difficult hike, care and consideration must be paid to the existing weather conditions before a climb is undertaken. It is believed that the best time to schedule your hike here is between the months of February and May.
If you’re a little unconvinced about detouring from the winding forests of the Plains, rest assured, the panoramic views that await you at the summit is well worth the ascent to its peak.
Located in proximity to Sigiriya, a tourist hotspot overflowing with awestruck visitors, Pidurangala, in its own right, is no less a stunning geographical escapade.
Atop its breathtaking summit lies a sacred temple and a statue of Lord Buddha, gazing serenely over the countryside below. Hikers who reach the top are also treated to majestic views of the famed lion rock, rising in sharp contrast to the green shrubbery and trees that cocoon and secludes it within the heart of the country.
It is believed that this hike is best undertaken between the months of November and January, given that the climate at that time of the year is most suited for a trek to it peak. Undertake this magical experience with friends or family and solidify your bonds with an unforgettable experience trip to the summit of Pidurangala.
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