If you love the great outdoors and hiking too, then Sri Lanka has plenty of amazing sites to explore each offering spectacular natural sceneries that will leave you awe-struck.
Knuckles Mountain Range
Resembling a clenched fist, the Knuckles Mountain Range is often shrouded in mist and is a popular spot for hiking and camping in Sri Lanka. Travel agency organised excursions and hikes to this range let you discover its cloud forests, nature trails and Mini World’s End with breathtaking views.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Horton Plains National Park can be found in the central highlands and can be visited with tour specialists the likes of Aitken Spence Travels. A little over 2,000 metres above sea level, Horton Plains with its cloud forest, grasslands, lakes and sheer 900-metre drop at the World’s End site provides much to enjoy on a hike.
A mountain that is popular as a pilgrimage site as well, the 2,243-metre tall Adam’s Peak offers a challenging and rewarding hike up around 5,200 steps! It is best to time your ascent to reach the summit at dawn when you can witness a spellbinding sunrise amidst mountain backdrops.
Ella Rock is another favourite destination for hiking in Sri Lanka. Part of the experience is to walk along railway lines (be mindful of any trains!) to reach the area where you can begin the climb through a rubber tree forest. It takes around two hours to reach the summit and the panoramas that await will make it worth the effort.