best hiking places in Sri Lanka

What are the 6 best hiking places in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka hiking tours

This 5 days Sri Lanka hiking tour includes some of the best hiking places in Sri Lanka such as Horton plains national park. This 5 days hiking tour includes more than 25 hours of hiking, most of your days include hiking, occasional trekking and sightseeing. On the first day of the trip there are two hikes at Sigiriya and Dambulla, both hikes last about 5 hours. On the 2nd day of the Sri Lanka hiking trip the traveller hike at Udawattakele sanctuary, which is another rainforest in the central hills. The hiking at Udawattakele lasts about 3 hours. On the 3rd day of the hiking tour, after about 2 hours journey by road from Kandy you will be arriving at Horton plains for another hike and it will last about 5 hours. On day four is the most challenging hike, it can also be categorized as a trek. This interesting trek at Adams peak last about 7 hours. Your hike on the last day of the trip is in the Sinharaja rain forest, which lasts about 5 hours.

6 Best hiking places in Sri Lanka

  1. Sigiriya rock fortress
  2. Dambulla golden temple
  3. Udawattakele sanctuary (Kandy)
  4. Horton plains national park (Nuwara Eliya)
  5. Adams peak mountain
  6. Sinharaja rainforest

The 6 days Sri Lanka hiking tour

  • Day 1: Colombo/Sigiriya/Dambulla (Sigiriya hike and Dambulla temple hike)
  • Day 2: Sigiriya/Kandy (Hiking at Udawattakele sanctuary )
  • Day 3: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (Horton plains hike)
  • Day 4: Nuwara Eliya Ella/Adam’s peak (Adam’s peak hike)
  • Day 5: Adams peak/Sinharaja (Rain forest trek Sinharaja)
  • Day 6: Sinharaja/Colombo

The nature of Sri Lanka hiking tour

Seerendipity tours offer this hiking tour for more than 2 years. There is a high demand for this 6 days Sri Lanka hiking tour and this tour package attracts a large number of foreign travellers. Seerendipity tours is an expert in Sri Lanka holiday packages and caters to thousands of travellers every year. This 6-days Sri Lanka hiking tour includes more than 25 hours of guided hiking giving you exceptional hiking experience based on some of the most beautiful places. You will be hiking on clean and well-maintained trails. The travellers will encounter tea plantations, vegetable gardens, patches of pristine forests, waterfalls and streams. This 6-days Sri Lanka hiking tour is available at anytime of the year.

6 days Sri Lanka hiking tour is a novel experience for most travellers, even for most repeated travellers, due to the fact that this type of hiking trips is not offered by most local tour operators in Sri Lanka. The tour revolves mainly around Sri Lanka hill country, cultural triangle. A large part of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle made of flat lands with patches of forests, national parks, rivers, lakes and ancient sites. The 6 days Sri Lanka hiking tour has a fascinating blend of nature, culture, history and thrilling adventurous hiking experience. The first part of the trip gives you a great cultural appreciation of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities while the latter part of the trip, you will be exposed to the natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

The hill country is mountainous and scenic but unlike the cultural triangle, the population density in the mountains is far lower and a large part of the mountains are covered by tea plantations, only few houses to be in specific places in the plantations. These houses are managed by the plantation management and allocated to the people working in the plantation. These tea plantations provide very popular hiking trails with stunning views, however, prior permission from the management is required before entering these trails.

Best hiking places in Sri Lanka – Adams peak

Adams peak is one of the highest mountains on the island and it is among the best hiking places in Sri Lanka. The mountain is significant for local travellers as it is a highly important religious site, for foreign travellers it is a place to enjoy a one of the most interesting trek and a place to embrace the natural beauty. By far trekking at Adams peak is the most challenging trek on the island, it is not for the faint hearted and you should be in a good physical and mental health to conquer it. The hike at Adams is difficult but it is equally rewarding for the time and energy you spend.

The 6 days Sri Lanka hiking tour may not include Adams peak hike some times due to the weather conditions. Adams peak hike is very challenging hike that lasts more than 5 hours on the upward journey. Adams peak is a highly seasonal hiking trail with season starting from November and lasts till April. If you book the trip from November to April you will be able to hike at Adams peak. Sometimes the hiking at Adams peak is available even during the off-season (October to March) however, cannot be guaranteed due to the monsoon rain. Every view from the mountain is breathtaking and you can have a stunning, 360-degree bird eye view on the surrounding hilly area.

The Adams peak trail goes through a thick forest of peak wilderness. There are hardly any families living in the vicinity of this jungle trail. The jungle trail is not only isolated but also it is very challenging as it is very steep. Local tour operators such as Seerendipity allocate a local guide, who is specialize on this trail during the hike. The travellers climb to a Buddhist temple, where there is a small shrine and a stone slab, where there is a foot print of Buddha engraved. The small temple sits above 2300 meters above sea level and occupies a small area. The temperature at the drops to near zero level in the night while it is bit warmer during the day.   

Adams peak Sri Lanka hiking tours

Usually the Adams peak hiking tours can be booked as a part of most Sri Lanka adventure and nature tour packages. However, it can be booked as a stand-alone tour from Colombo and most beach resorts on the west and southern coast. If you book the hiking tour of Adams from Colombo and west coast it would be a one day tour and the hike takes place at night. Most travellers starts the hike at Adams peak during the night in order to avoid the midday heat.

Best hiking places in Sri Lanka – Dambulla temple

The travellers will be also travelling to few Buddhist temples and shrines with historical importance such as Sita temple, which is one of the oldest Hindu temples on the island. And also, Dambulla golden temple, which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples on the island and showcases some of the stunning sculptures and ancient paintings. The history of this temple is dating back to 1st century BC. The temple was devoted to Buddhism in the past and still being used for veneration by Buddhist.

Sri Lanka hiking tour at Sigiriya

Another memorable site is the Sigiriya rock fortress, which is also one of the most popular historical sites on the island, however, Sigiriya does not have any religious importance. Sigiriya was the official residence of King Kashyapa in 5th century AD. The ancient site had been equipped with a place, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, fountains, streams and many more, which are reminders of resourcefulness in the past.  

Sinharaja hiking tour

The hiking at Sinharaja is undoubtedly one of the favourites activities for the travellers. This pristine rainforest provides to dozens of trails for hiking. A large number of people are attracted to this tourist attractions every day. The number of trekking trails does not end in the rainforest as the rainforest settle in a very picturesque remote area in Sri Lanka. Rainforest is surrounded by farm lands, rice paddies, coconut plantations and tea plantations and various other cultivated lands.   

Sri Lanka hiking tours to serve local communities

Most fields in the areas are cultivated as most people in the area are farmers. All fields and gardens are lush and in well order, agriculture is the mainly lively hood for young and elderly people here. The travellers will be supporting the local community by take part in this 5 days Sri Lanka hiking tour, as they use the service of local families very often. It also the policy of Seerendipity to support local communities by bringing tourist to their villages.  

The travellers can enjoy numerous small restaurants and eateries where local people trying to revitalize their native villages with new ideas, using their produce.

It could be a daunting task for independent travellers to venture on this route, especially if they have lack of knowledge in local dialect. Having understood it, Seerendipity tours provide their travellers with a local guide, who is very familiar with areas included in the trip. The accommodation facilities on this tour is carefully chosen to provide safe, clean and comfortable stay.     

As the trip includes more than 25 hours of hiking, most of your days include hiking, occasional trekking and sightseeing. On the first day of the trip there are two hikes at Sigiriya and Dambulla, both hikes last about 5 hours. On the 2nd day of the Sri Lanka hiking trip the traveller hike at Udawattakele sanctuary, which is another rainforest in the central hills. The hiking at Udawattakele lasts about 3 hours. On the 3rd day of the hiking tour, after about 2 hours journey by road from Kandy you will be arriving at Horton plains for another hike and it will last about 5 hours. On day four is the most challenging hike, it can also be categorized as a trek. This interesting trek at Adams peak last about 7 hours. Your hike on the last day of the trip is in the Sinharaja rain forest, which lasts about 5 hours.

Visiting important historical monuments and learn about the country’s culture, history and religion is also part of the trip. Sightseeing, some travel by your private vehicle, staying in contemporary inns, sampling local food and drinks is also part of the Sri Lanka hiking tour. All hotels included in the trip are tourist board registered, therefore they are up to the standard stipulated by the Sri Lanka tourist board. The tour includes four overnight stays in four different cities.

This 5 days Sri Lanka hiking tour starts in Colombo and ends in Colombo. The tour is a private tour with local driver guide. The travellers are also provided with the service of local guides in few other places such as Sinharaja rainforest, Adams peak. The tour can be booked throughout the year and the trip if sully customizable to meet specific requirement so the travellers. Please write on admin@seerendipitytours.com for more information.

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