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Sri Lanka is also known as a hiking destination. There are trails for all sorts of experience levels, from easy walks to more intense treks. The country also has over 400 waterfalls, many hikes include one or more of these waterfalls. So put on your hiking shoes, pack your camera, and put sunscreen on, for here are a few of the best hiking trails in Sri Lanka.

Adam’s Peak Hike

Hike the Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada. Adam’s Peak in Nallathanniya or Dalhousie in Sri Lanka is a 2243 metres high conical mountain which is in central Sri Lanka. Hiking Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) is one of the best travel experiences in Sri Lanka for tourists as well as locals, there are 5500 steps to reach the top.

Sri Pada is derived from Sanskrit, used by the Sri Lankan people in a religious context; roughly translated as “the sacred foot”, it refers to the footprint-shaped mark at the summit, which is believed by Buddhists to be that of the Buddha. Christian and Islamic traditions assert that it is the footprint of Adam, left when first setting foot on Earth after having been cast out of paradise, giving it the name “Adam’s Peak”. Hindu tradition refers to the footprint as that of the Hindu deity Shiva, and thus names the mountain Shiva Padam (Shiva’s foot) in Tamil.

The pilgrimages traditionally start at the first full moon of December and end on the full moon of April. During the other months it is hard to climb the mountain due to very heavy rain, extreme wind, and thick mist. Most people make the climb by night to reach the mountain top to watch the sun rise. Sri Pada is one of the rare places that people of four major religions in the world worship. Devotees of many religions climb the mountain daily to invoke blessings while the hikers enjoy an exhilarating hike through the different access routes to the summit.

The area around Adam’s Peak is a wildlife reserve, where many animals varying from elephants to leopards can be found, including many endemic animals. The region of Peak Wilderness Sanctuary that includes the Sri Pada together with Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Range, all in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka has been recognized as a World Heritage Site since 2011.

Diyaluma waterfall hiking

Diyaluma is one of the most mesmerising waterfalls in Sri Lanka and being able to hike to the top of the cascading waterfall is nothing short of beautiful!

Diyaluma Falls is the second biggest waterfall in Sri Lanka and is the perfect spot for a full day adventure. There are multiple falls and natural pools throughout this hike in the Badulla region.

Little Adam’s Peak

Hike the Little Adam’s Peak in Ella, Sri Lanka, to get an eye-candy at the end of the climb. You can see the hidden villages and true beauty of Ella from the top. Go for a short hike to the top of Little Adam’s Peak, an easy walk from downtown Ella in a lush, picturesque setting. The mountain’s name comes from the comparison with its similarly shaped but much larger counterpart, the massive Adam’s Peak in central Sri Lanka. Enjoy the easy going, 45-minute walk to the summit, admiring views of verdant tea plantations along the way. When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the rolling green hills and valleys below.

Hike to the Nine Arch Bridge

The Nine Arch Bridge, also called The Bridge in the Sky, located near Demodera, is the most beautiful place to photograph the Sri Lankan trains. The bridge was built during the British colonial period and is surrounded by tea plantations and banana trees. What makes this bridge unique, is that it was completely built in 1921 with stones, bricks, and cement, so without a single piece of steel. Almost every hour a train passes here, and you can hear it coming from far away.


Sri Lanka’s tropical nature is one of the most exotic natures in the world. Most tropical species like slender loris, leopards, wild cats and jungle cats, sloth bears and elephants can be witnessed in Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is also famous for migrating and indigenous birds.