Sri Lanka holds a superb collection of hiking and trekking tracks around the island, which is a better way to experience and explore the culture, tradition and the natural scenic beauty of this little paradise. From broad plains to steep hills, from beautiful cities to charming villages, from paddy lands to tea plantations, Sri Lanka has something to give all in search of their own type of hiking or trekking vacation.
Eco tourists and the nature lovers would be interested trekking in the Central Province of the island, in locations such as Badulla, Bandarawela, Ella, Haputale, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura. It is noteworthy that apart from the beautiful surroundings and the natural specialties, the climate in these locations ensures a refreshing trekking unlike in any other destinations.
For those who would like exploring the historical values of Sri Lanka during their hiking and trekking adventures, Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa, Dambulla and Mihintale would be perfect. These places hold preserved ruins of the ancient Sinhalese kings’ times. There are also trekking paths within the cultural triangle from Minneriya to Sigiriya. The more challenging and adventurous hikers would opt for Knuckles, which is a mountain in the Central Province, about 1,863 meters above the sea level. And also the trekking path which starts from Belihul Oya and leads away to the Horton Plains has in store some magnificent views and a range of bio diversity that entertains and exhilarates the tourists.
A unique experience can be gained from the different locations in Sri Lanka available for hiking & trekking. However, it is essential to visit during the best time of the year, when you can enjoy it the most by avoiding the leeches and muddy terrains that appear, usually during the monsoon season.