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Hiking and Trekking in Sri Lanka
Explore the rugged mountains and lush rainforests!

For a keen hiker, there is a plethora of exciting sceneries awaiting in Sri Lanka's diverse and luscious hill country. The beautiful area of Belihuloya, located in the heart of the highlands, provides a superb base from which to try out a wide variety of hiking and trekking tours through jungles, across paddy fields and up mountains. The rivers and numerous waterfalls in Sri Lanka are another key attraction that allows hikers and trekkers to enjoy a refreshing dip en-route!

Not far from Belihuloya, the mysterious Horton Plains National Park offers some excellent hikes in a very unique environment, characterised by beautiful forests and wide grasslands. The highlights of the park include the dramatic 880 meter drop at World's End and the Baker's Falls.

The views from the famous Adam’s Peak are the best if you begin your ascent at night and arrive at the top by the time of the sunrise. Witnessing the magical moment when the shadow of the peak is perfectly cast across the clouds is one of those unforgettable experiences that will live on in your memory long after!

The region of Bandarawela, nestled in the Tea Country, and the nearby town of Ella are renowned for the many exciting walks and trekking trails - including Little Adam's Peak, Ella Rock and the Namunukula Mountain Range.

When in Kandy, don't miss out on exploring the beautiful the rugged mountains of Knuckles! This mountain range stretches an impressive 155 sq km, with five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna and most breathtaking sceneries. It is a real paradise for hikers, offering numerous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside terraced paddy fields and colourful home gardens.

A hiking tour in Sri Lanka wouldn't be complete without a visit to the fascinating Sinharaja Rainforest, known for an impressive biodiversity and various trekkin options from short nature trails to full day hikes.

Conditions that may affect grading

We have looked at the following 6 factors when outlining the grading.

  • Cycling distance.

  • Average altitude and altitude gain and loss.

  • Trail conditions.

  • Level of backpacking required.

  • Temperature range and likely weather conditions.

  • Level of humidity  (can jump from 70% to 90% very easily)

  • Remoteness to services and general level of comfort.

With the grading, we want to provide you with an overall indicator that helps you to compare one ride against another. However, kindly note that absolute gradings are impossible to give as there are various factors contributing to the trail and weather conditions.

Weather Conditions in Sri Lanka

In the lowlands, the climate is tropical with an average temperature of 27 celsius degrees, whereas the central highlands are much cooler, with temperatures dropping down to 14C. The south-east monsoon brings the rain to the western, south western and central regions from May to July, while the north-western monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January. Sri Lanka generally boasts of a good climate for traveling throughout the year.

 


Press Release: Eco Team Facilitates Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Colombo, Friday 15th September 2017: When it comes to adventure and survival in the wild, no one does it better than Bear Grylls. Amongst all of the adventure experiences that he has created for millions of fans over the world, is an episode of Running Wild that was actually filmed in Sri Lanka. Premier outdoor and eco-tourism solutions provider Eco Team was on hand to make sure the experience of Sri Lanka for the cast and crew was a truly extraordinary one.

Eco Team was the official logistics provider for this episode of Running Wild featuring Mike Horn and Matt Pokora in the Samanala Wewa region. The area which is more than 10km away from human inhabitancy meant that the cast and crew had to trek with all their equipment. The film crew also camped in the great outdoors in close proximity to wild elephants and other animals. To ensure that the smooth operations of filming this episode, Eco Team put together a logistics crew of close to 75 members.

Speaking on this significant feat Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Eco Team Anurudhdha Bandara said, “Efficiency is of high importance in such situations as time and resources are very limited. Food and drinks had to be provided for the crew from a distance of more than 6km away, merely on foot and this is no easy task but Eco Team was equipped with the labour, facilities and equipment needed to complete this challenge. In creating an adventure programme watched by millions around the world, Eco Team had an adventure of our own making sure that the team truly experienced Sri Lanka.”

First broadcasted in the year 2014, featuring famous High School Musical movie star Zac Efron, ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ is a survival skills reality television series. It stars world renown British adventurer, ex SAS and French Foreign Ligonier Bear Grylls who is also known for his television series ‘Man vs. Wild.’ Throughout the many episodes of the show, ‘Running Wild’ has featured celebrities such as former US president Barack Obama, Titanic movie star Kate Winslet and award winning actress Julia Roberts.

During their expedition the episode’s host Mike Horn, the guest celebrity Matt Pokora and the crew consisting of over thirty members were all in Sri Lanka for the production of this episode. Mike Horn is also a world renown adventurer who was dubbed the ‘world’s greatest living man’ by the Telegraph UK, having circumnavigated and trekked around the world from pole to pole and even along the equator – Latitude Zero with no motorised transport. He has also circled the Arctic solo using a kayak, ski and his own feet, expedited the Amazon on his own and scaled mountains over 8,000 metres. The guest celebrity of the episode, Matt Pokora is a famous French singer and songwriter who has also taken up a number of acting roles. Together, they stepped out into the virgin forest of Samanala Wewa Nature Reserve which is located in between Belihuloya and Kaltota regions, mid-way through the dry and wet zone. The area is located in an untouched, remote area where wild elephant sightings are many which increased the risk for the two stars as well as the large production crew. However all’s well that ended well.

Photo Copyrights : Guillaume Mirand

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