11 Best Trekking in Sri Lanka
If you are crazy about trekking then you will get ample opportunities for trekking in Sri Lanka. The diverse hills coupled with forest patches and unusual climate makes Sri Lanka one of the best place for trek lovers.

 Amidst all these you will also witness the spectacular and breath-taking views of waterfalls which just adds to the beauty of the trekking path. The 800 meter drop at the world’s end, Adam’s Peak and Baker’s falls are just some of the places which shouldn’t be missed. As an additional bonus you can also view the magical sunrise which will live in your memory long after you have left the place.

Here are some of the best trekking places in Sri Lanka that you should experience:

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Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest Reserve

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Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest Reserve
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With the aim to protect the watershed of Kelani River, Kitugala forest reserve serves as a fascinating rain forest area that showcases an array of endemic species of myriad flora and fauna. The ride on a open catamaran, a wooden boat with no sail across the 60 meter wide river and getting smitten by the plethora of exquisite scenic beauty is an experience of a lifetime. The trekking trail essentially moves through lush greenery and extensive collection of rare low land birdlife, wildlife, amphibians and colorful array of fishes. To enchant more there are crystal clear streams of water and gushing waterfalls where one can dip and take a refreshing bath.

Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest Reserve

Location: Kitulgala, 95 km from Colombo, west of Srilanka 

Highlights:
It is the wettest place of the country having monsoons twice a year

Best Time:
February to April
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Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala

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Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala
Kitulgala is one of the most promising destinations in Sri Lanka which provides an ideal option for vacationers who love to spend their time conducting adventurous and leisure activities. The forest reserve provides excellent camping opportunities and this enables the tourist to stay comfortably and focus on versatile adventurous sports and enjoy the scenic pictorial beauty of the location.

Waterfall Trekking is one of the most sought after adventure sports among the vistors which solely aims on providing a closer view of the incredible scenic panorama of the waterfall here along with the lavish greenery spread across.

Highlights:
Enjoy exclusive tropical flora and lianas not popular in Srilanka

Best Time: February to April

Things to Keep in Mind: Since it is a waterfall trekking, comfortable and well gripping shoes should be packed. Its easy so previous training is not required. 
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Adventure trek in Knuckles Mountains

Adventure trek in Knuckles Mountains
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The salubrious and pleasant climate of Kandy is one of the greatest treasures of the place and that is why the outdoor excursions are so popular here. The charm of trekking and hiking in the Knuckles Mountains is simply mesmerizing as well as adventurous that attracts many exploratory minds to venture. The venue is filled with several natural trails and scenic beauty comprising of pristine villages, stretched tea gardens and lush meadows. One must not miss the adventurous journey through Mini World End Trail, Pitawala-Pathena trail, Knuckles trail and Ash Cave Trail.

Adventure trek in Knuckles Mountains
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Location: In the districts of Matale and Kandy,Central Srilanka 

Highlights: Fascinating halts at Corbat’s Gap View Point and Bamboo Avenue

Best Time: December to February

Things to Keep in Mind: It’s a not an easy trek especially since the trekking trails are hard. Accompanying an experienced tracker is advisable since the top of the range can be quite confusing.
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Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park
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Established in 1988, Horton Plains National Park serves as the country’s platform to showcase the scenic panorama of Sri Lanka with an array of exclusive and extensive flora and fauna. Though there is an option to explore the park through jeep ride but the best journey is by foot as it has excellent trekking trails stretching for an area of 9kms.

Along with the pictorial scenic beauty one can also see Sri Lanka Samba deer, wild boar and spot macaques. At an Altitude-2100-2300 meter, World’s End serve as the end point of this hiking tour. The look out from this point is simply amazing and provides an expansive terrain.

Location:
 Ohiya, Sri Lanka 

Highlights:
Sunrise at World’s End

Best Time: November to March

Things to Keep in Mind: The trek is not very easy throughout the trail especially near the falls. Reach at World End before sunrise for best view 
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Sinharja Raniforest

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Sinharja Raniforest
Image Credit : Gaurika Wijeratne
Being an important eco tourism centre with a status of being an World Heitage site, Sinharaja Rain Forest is a rich treasure of nature’s excellence with significant diversity. The national park stretches for 21km east to west and about 7km in distance from north end to the southernmost tip.

The greatest attraction of this trek is the unique collection of the endemic species in birds, trees, mammals, amphibians, insects and even reptiles. It is one of the popular trekking spots of Sri Lanka since it is the only place where one can trek through the virgin rainforest and enjoy the luscious greenery without getting the fear of wild animals especially in the dry zone area of Yala.

Sinharja Raniforest
Image Credits : Gaurika Wijeratne


Location:
 Southern Province, Sri Lanka, 160km from Colombo 

Highlights:
Endemic species like Purple faced Langur, frog mouthed owl etc

Best Time: December to April; August and September.
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Adam's Peak

Adam's Peak
One of the natural landmarks is the summit of Adam’s Peak. A trek toward this colossal Adam’s peak can be very exhausting. Besides being just a natural landmark the place is also considered to be a sacred pilgrimage because of the curious depression which is found on the summit and is painted in gold people term this as Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint of Buddha and it is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.

The trek starts from the far end of Dalhousie village and reaching the large standing Buddha. Trekking can be really exhausting especially when it is 5500 steps and do wear warm clothes as it is cold up there.

Location: It is approximately 5 hours from the airport.

Best time of visit: Adam’s Peak should be made by night so that you reach them by dawn and the ideal month would be December and January.
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World's End Nuwara Eliya

World's End Nuwara Eliya
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One of the most jaw-dropping experience you can ever have in Sri Lanka is the World’s End on the Horton Plains. Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride to the Horton plains from Nuwara Eliya and it is among the best tourist places to visit in Sri Lanka.

You can see animals such as leopards and deer. Experience the amazing flora and fauna which will be an amazing experience.

Location: The nearest station is in Nanu Oya which is about 8km.

Highlights
: Baker’s fall which is truly spectacular

Entry Fee
: Approximate price starts from 3500 LKR 

Best Time to Visit: The best time to reach there is before 10:00 AM before it gets too cloudy because you will not be able to see anything after that.
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Belihuloya Sri Lanka

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Belihuloya Sri Lanka
Stated to be a picturesque hamlet that is well-known for adventure tourism, Belihuloya stands to be an ideal choice with visitors.

Highlights: Its splendid natural beauty is beyond any explanation because it is a breath-taking hill side location. As a perfect climatically transitional area, it tends to link up wet as well as dry zones. With picturesque views of valleys dazzling the eyes, Belihuloya is one of the most visited places in Sri Lanka. Adding beauty to the place is its tropical forests and stunning grasslands.

Location: Belihuloya is a beautiful village positioned in the Ratnapur District of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It stands around 150km away from Colombo and exceptionally beautiful.

Price: Enjoying beautiful moments at the hamlet is surely soothing to the eyes and minds without free of cost picturesque views. Still, the food and activities taking place at Belihuloya at chargeable at nominal rates. 
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Belihuloya Sri Lanka

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Belihuloya Sri Lanka
Stated to be a picturesque hamlet that is well-known for adventure tourism, Belihuloya stands to be an ideal choice with visitors.

Highlights: Its splendid natural beauty is beyond any explanation because it is a breath-taking hill side location. As a perfect climatically transitional area, it tends to link up wet as well as dry zones. With picturesque views of valleys dazzling the eyes, Belihuloya is one of the most visited places in Sri Lanka. Adding beauty to the place is its tropical forests and stunning grasslands.

Location: Belihuloya is a beautiful village positioned in the Ratnapur District of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It stands around 150km away from Colombo and exceptionally beautiful.

Price: Enjoying beautiful moments at the hamlet is surely soothing to the eyes and minds without free of cost picturesque views. Still, the food and activities taking place at Belihuloya at chargeable at nominal rates. 
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Ohiya Sri Lanka

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Ohiya Sri Lanka
Standing to be one of the most scenic places in Sri Lanka, Ohiya is an ideal destination to enjoy quaint holidays.

Highlights: It is a rural village that beholds the presence of scenic greenery everywhere. Indeed, the Ohiya Dondra Watch is a vantage point that looks simply stunning and has an extended view of Haputale Valley. The scenic beauty is beyond imagination and takes a visitor back to the relaxing moments. In fact, it is considered as a perfect place for spending excellent holidays and understanding rural lifestyle.

Location: Positioned in the Badulla District of Uva province in Sri Lanka, Ohiya is quite closer to Horton Plains National Park. In fact, Colombo-Badulla Railway runs through this and is gorgeously beautiful.

Price: The food at the local restaurants is authentically tasty and excellently pocket-friendly. Definitely, the breath-taking views do not require any kind of cost to be paid. 
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Meemure Sri Lanka

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Meemure Sri Lanka
With a population standing to be just 400 something people, Meemure is a beautiful village with stunning lush green backdrops.

Highlights: Forming part of the eco-tourism, it is an ideal place that soothes the eyes of nature lovers. In fact, people coming here will surely fall in love with plush mountain views welcoming tourists in full swing. Considered as a paradise on the grounds of Sri Lanka, it is famous as a place where Ravana lifted Dhadu Monara (aircraft of Ravana). It is also an ideal place for enjoying trekking that surely uplifts the spirit of adventure lovers. After all, a vacation to Meemure will always be cherished.

Location: Positioned between the districts of Kandy and Matale, Meemure lies on the Knuckles Mountain Range in Sri Lanka and stands to be the remotest village.

Price: With food and lodging facilities available within the budget, travelers are required to hire trekking equipments before enjoying the splendid beauty of nature. 
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