Ultimate guide to the Pekoe Trail Trekking
The Pekoe trail is a 300km trekking trail that travels through the central hills of Sri Lanka. The Peko Trail starting point is Hanthana that runs through the tea plantations and scenic slopes all the way to Nuwara Eliya.
The trail that is about 300km had been divided into 22 stages. Each section is about 12km and runs through the well-known areas such as Kandy, Hatton, Haputale, Ella and Nuwara Eliya. The Pekoe Trail trekking introduces you areas that had been hidden in these well-known destinations. The path runs through tarred roads and overgrown quarry lead cart. These roads re built during the British colonial time to transport tea from the vast estates to factories. Some of these routes are less touristic and with barely visible footpath that tea pluckers use as shortcuts through tea estates and forests.
Even though 22 treks through tea plantations sounds monotonous it is the essence of the walking in the Pekoe Trail. The each stage of the Pekoe Trail starts from a small town it runs through the tea estates that spreads to the zenith. Some of the stages of The Pekoe Trail will carry you through dense forests patches with tall trees and eucalyptus forests. Each and every stage of the Pekoe Trail offers you breathtaking views and time to time you will come across the shrines and hermitages. When you travel across the Pekoe Trail you will not meet anyone for hours. The most sounds you will hear will be sounds of gushing waterfalls babbling birds and the crying of serpent eagles that flies high in the sky. Sometimes you will hear faint sounds of temple bells and chimes from Hindu shrines that are built in the middle of the tea estates.
For the time being only the Pekoe Trail stage one is opened for the public but it near future other 21 routes will be opened for the public and will be mapped out most of them will be able to be walked.