Nuwara Eliya gives you a perfect opportunity to test your endurance among the various difficulty levels of terrain.
Horton Plains is amongst the top of the list of trails, offering about 5 hiking trails starting from various points, including Kirigalpotha, the highest point in Horton Plains and the 2nd highest mountain in Sri Lankan also Thotupolakanda, 3rd highest mountains in Sri Lanka.
The most famous trail in Horton Plains is the trial leading to the World’s End, which suits beginners and experts alike. Scenic grass plains, cloud forests, exciting wild life encounters including few endemic bird species makes the trail most exciting and relaxing at the same time.
Bambarakanda is another option, situated in Kalupahana, 790ft in height, recorded as the tallest waterfall on the island and 299th in the world, also offers interesting opportunities for hiking and trekking.
And another one of the most famous trail among the locals is the Sri Padaya or Adams peak, sacred since ancient times to Buddhists. It is regarded as a pilgrimage than a hike for the locals and been worshipped for years. The foot print carved on the rock at the 2,243m height summit is believed to be a sacred place visited by The Lord Buddha. The hike up to the summit takes 5-6 hours and most of the visitors start at the night to avoid the heat of the day.
There are 6 accessible trails up to the summit starting from Hatton-Nallathanni; Ratnapura-Palabaddala; Kuruwita-Erathna; Murraywatte; Mookuwatte and Malimboda. All 6 trails have their own distinctive features and various difficult levels. It is recommended to do a thorough research before you start this fairly difficult hike, on any trail.
Hike up the Single Tree Hill is relatively easy yet an utterly satisfying hike starting from Nuwara Eliya. Even though 6,889 feet height over sea level, the peak is only rises 250m above Nuwara Eliya city, giving a spectacular panoramic views of the city and depending on the weather, Haggala Mountains, Sri Pada and Piduruthalagala peaks can also be seen at the top.