Sri Lanka trekking holiday

“This tailor made week of trekking takes you to the tea estates, waterfalls and rainforests of south central Sri Lanka where campsites invite a glimpse at rural lifestyles surrounded by nature.”


Colombo | Belihuloya | Kinchigune campsite | Hulan Ella Trail | Hulan Ella basic campsite | Bogawantalawa Trail | Kitulgala Rain Forest Trail | Negombo |

Description of Sri Lanka trekking holiday

This week-long Sri Lanka trekking holiday can be tailor made to suit your requirements with a choice of trails, some of which are detailed below, providing perfect settings from where to explore amongst the paddy fields and into the jungle-clad mountains en-route to waterfalls, temples and tea estates.

Kinchigune Trail
Roughly 6kms in length, the Kinchigune Trail is an ideal introduction to a Sri Lanka trekking holiday and leads alongside the Belihuloya River before reaching fruition against the banks of Samanalawewa Reservoir. The Kinchigune presents Sri Lanka's agricultural landscapes as you cross rivers and stroll beside fields of rice, spice and vegetables and experience rural lifestyles as well as a whole host of birds and butterflies making the most of mist-shrouded waterfalls.

Duwili Ella Falls Trail
There's a fantastic trail from Hulan Ella Falls to Duwili Ella Falls that leads through the shade of the Riverine Forest to ensure your Sri Lanka trekking holiday gets to incorporate two of the country's finest falls. The spray from the falls is quite magical and provides an incredible setting for lunch as you watch the water plunge over 80ft into the depths of the natural pool below.

Bogawantalawe Trail
This particular trail is a bit more of a challenge and takes you via jungle-covered slopes where the prints of leopard and deer may be found by your trekking guide to add to excitement levels and keep your eyes peeled on the surrounding foliage. Crossing the Belihuloya River leads you onwards to the Non-Pereil tea estate whereupon you'll access jungle scrub via the river's banks. A steep ascent through the jungle finally opens up into grassy plains whereupon you'll be below the famed Horton Plains before you reach your final destination of the Bogawantalawe tea estate.

Travel Team

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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Eco team’s Environment & Community policy

We at Eco Team aim to re-invent the tourism model in Sri Lanka by staying ahead to ensure that our business has a long term benefit for our communities, the environment and our customers.We believe that the people, our community, are central to any strategy that involves protecting the environment and its communities.

We, more than any other tour operatorand accommodation provider in Sri Lanka, depend on the unspoilt and pristine outdoors of this magical island to run our business. Our wilderness and eco system is our heartbeat therefore protecting our most important resource is not only a responsibility but a necessity for our own existence as a company.

Wildlife and the Environment
• We protect endangered species in line with the red list issued by the ICUN.
• We actively educate our communities and campaign against animal abuse of all forms. We educate and invest in protecting our fauna and flora whilst supporting development projects including environment education, wildlife conservation and reforestation as we work closely with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Foundation.
• We discourage the collection, removal or cutting of any plant or plant parts (seeds, roots or leaves) by our customers, staff and communities.
• We participate in programmes that involve the removal of invasive species such as cactus and lantana whilst setting up our operations with scientists in and around the national parks for reforestation activities.
• We have launched conservation programmes for the protection of endangered species. Our clients are also welcome to actively participate in these endeavors.

Waste Management
• We avoid using products packaged in plastic in keeping with our plastic free philosophy. The biggest challenge that we face is the lack of an alternative to the PET water bottles used. However, all empty bottles are being collected and sent to the Balangoda town Council Recycling Center.
• We convert all organic waste into compost waste.
• All paper, cardboard, aluminum and metal waste is collected separately and recycled through the Balangoda town Council Recycling Center.

• Safari Jeeps that run during the day charge the DC batteries which are used at night as renewable energy through an inverter. Grid power is used only for an emergency.
• Experiments are taking place for the use of Kekuna Thel, a traditional sustainable nut oil extracted from a wild nut, and other renewable oils for night torches in camp sites.
• We recycle used coconut shells for BBQ’s and campfires.Wood for the campfire is collected from the area.No trees are cut for this purpose.
• LPG gas is used for hot water whileSolar energy and Bio gas projects are to be launched in the near future.

The Impacts of this Trip

Community Responsibility

• We recruit and train staff from the locality we work in and purchase locally produced goods and services.
• We build products around the local community knowledge in fauna, flora and farming methods.
• We support community tourism initiatives by incorporating community lifestyles seamlessly into our programmes, such as picnic stops in village homes and fishing with local fisher communities etc.
• We work towards capacity building in schools, communities, in entrepreneurship, knowledge farming and value additions.
• We, along with our clients, contribute financially to uplift the standards of the underprivileged schools, children’s homes, homes for the elders, hospitals and places of worship.

Our research projects
Mahoora Tented Safari Camps actively support minimizing human leopard conflict in the border areas of the parks and the active participation of soloist clients.At the end of a safari our clients fill a research document on their own sightings and this data will be used for important planning conservation activities.


3 Reviews of Sri Lanka trekking holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A well balanced holiday with a great combination of sightseeing, hiking, elephant safari and beach time in a lovely country

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't stay at St Johns Bungalow (Knuckles). Its in a beautiful location, with excellent staff and a great history to the building but it lacks mains electricity
and the building needs totally refurbishing. Be wary of the leaches in the area and take your own leach socks to reduce the chances of being got.
Be aware that the standard of driving may not match what we are used to.
The hike up Adams Peak to see the sunrise is hard work but the reward can be great. Try and get an understanding of what amount to tip. Be prepared to pay for the tour in US dollars, although getting a quote in £s!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt we did benefit local people but was not aware that we reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Would thoroughly recommend Sri Lanka as a country with so much to offer and nice people. We chose our route and felt the balance of the holiday and the
places we visited were excellent, with the exception of St Johns Bungalow. We were generally very pleased with the operator and their choice of
accommodation and their level of support and communication.

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting all the locals and trekking in the rainforest and through villages

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Leave your fear for leeches at home and immerse yourself in the sri lankan nature and culture

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We only had local guides, the hotels we stayed made an effort to not use plastic, the guides had a real knowledge about how to preserve nature.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A fantastic experience!

Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

My driver guide was excellent with local knowledge was excellent and helped make my holiday special. It wasn't purely a trekking holiday though although did do some walking. Corbet rest knuckles

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

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