Sri Lanka walking holidays travel guide
Sri Lanka has done a lot of rushing around in the last few years, regularly hitting the top ten travel lists. And well merited too. We love Sri Lanka, but we also love slow Sri Lanka. It gets pretty crowded in its honeypots, and so this Sri Lanka walking holidays travel guide takes you to some equally sweet corners where everyone isn’t as busy as a bee. If you look at the country’s topographical map you will see that the rugged Central Highland range is the gem at its core. A range that peaks at 2,524m, stretches north to south for 65km and proffers rainforest, gorges, cloud forest, ridges and the prettiest of panoramic plateaus.
Always ask for a translation of the Sinhalese place names when you walk. They usually capture the place better than any Instagram shot.
Herein lie myriad walking trails, such as in the Knuckles Forest Reserve or Horton Plains National Park, where this Teardrop Island’s cup overfloweth with stunning waterfalls and rivers along your way. Which, if you are a hiker, means nothing but happy tears.
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I suggested a walking and whales holiday to my boyfriend. ‘Walking in Wales?’ he said. ‘No, whales. In Sri Lanka!’ ‘That’s more like it!’ was the response.
Dumbara Kanduvetiya, translating as ‘Misty Mountains’, is the Sinhalese name for hiking haven Knuckles Mountains. So yes, it rains, whenever it wants. Avoid the southwest monsoon season from May-Jul, and apart from that, daytime temperatures at elevation range between 15°C to 25°C. Nights can dip as low as 10°C, but expect hot and tropical on the plains. If you are combining walking with a wildlife safari, Feb until Jun or Jul are great as water tables are low, and animals come out to exposed lakes at Yala National Park, for example, to drink.
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