Check out the best hiking routes in Sri Lanka: Outlook Traveller

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak is a sacred pilgrimage site with stunning views. The hike to the summit is 5.5 km long, with steep sections. At the top is the revered “Sacred Footprint” and a breathtaking sunrise.

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Ella Rock

Located near Ella, this hike offers stunning views of the Ella Gap and the surrounding landscapes. The hike’s total distance is about 8 km, and it is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. The hike features breathtaking views of Ella Gap, lush tea plantations, and a diverse birdlife.

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Horton Plains National Park (World’s End Trail)

This circular trail, approximately 9 km, takes you to World’s End, a stunning escarpment with a sheer drop of about 2,854 ft. The trail is of moderate difficulty and offers breathtaking views of unique montane grasslands, Baker’s Falls, and the World’s End viewpoint.

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Knuckles Mountain Range (Mini World’s End Trail)

The Knuckles Range offers a variety of trails, including the Mini World’s End Trail, which is around 6 km round trip and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail is moderate and features scenic landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and waterfalls.

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Pidurangala Rock

For those looking for a less crowded alternative to Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock offers stunning panoramic views of Sigiriya and the surrounding countryside. The hike is approximately 2 km one way and includes an ancient cave temple on the way. The trail is considered moderate in difficulty.


Riverston is famous for its misty mountains, waterfalls, and the renowned Sera Ella waterfall, which can be reached by different trails, ranging from moderate to strenuous difficulty. The area also features Pitawala Pathana and Thelgamu Oya Valley.

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Kirigalpoththa Trail (Horton Plains)

This trail leads to Sri Lanka’s second-highest peak, which offers stunning views of the central highlands. The trail is approximately 7 km long (one way) and is strenuous, but it is worth it for the spectacular views, unique flora, and cold climate.

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Bambarakanda Falls and Trail

The trail to Bambarakanda Falls, the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, passes through picturesque landscapes and diverse plant life. The trail’s difficulty varies from moderate to coarse, depending on the starting point.

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Alagalla Mountain (Potato Range) Trail

Alagalla offers a challenging 7-kilometre hike with breathtaking panoramic views and the opportunity to explore the ruins of an old fort.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Moulawella Trail)

Sinharaja is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Moulawella Trail offers a chance to experience this rainforest’s diverse flora and fauna. The trail’s difficulty level varies but is generally considered moderate. You can enjoy bird watching and take in the pristine rainforest environment while exploring the trail.

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