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Tea Country Trail: Hantana To Galaha

moderate
Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Tea Country Trail: Hantana To Galaha is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,469 feet Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

The trail starts at the Ceylon Tea Museum on the Hantana Estate. The museum itself is well worth a visit. It occupies the shell of the old Hantana Tea Factory. There is ample space for parking and there are very good toilet facilities. There is a track that heads up towards the pass from the valley where Kandy is situated to the next valley, we all know as the central tea plantations of Hantana, with its panoramic mountain range featuring seven peaks.   The area is was used for backdrops in the making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, with Harrison Ford, who plays an eccentric archaeologist in this classic Hollywood adventure. As part of the plot, Harrison Ford is implored by a desperate Indian villager to retrieve a mysterious stone. Steven Spielberg filmed in Kandy and the surrounding area like Hantana for several weeks.  As you gradually ascend watch out for the Hill Country Sport Shooting Club, the Sugarcane Quarantine Station, a circuit bungalow owned by the Hantana Estate and also a buddhist temple stupa on your right. On a clear day you will see the Victoria Reservoir and the entire Knuckles Range on to your right. The views are truly spectacular.  The highest point of the trail today is at an elevation of 1008 meters and the total elevation gain is only 383 meters. . It is not a difficult ascent at all. The highest point on the trail is at the 6.3 km point and from there its all downhill until we cross the river 1km away from Galaha, the end point of today's hike.  On your descent toward Galaha watch out for a statue of Buddha on top of a rock. At the 10km point one walks through a fabulous forrest with enormous trees. The last few kilometers before crossing the river as a bit more residential. The the trail passes through a few villages and homes.  The crossing of the bridge at the 10.8 km point is the lowest point in the trail at an elevation of 754m. On the other side you will see a dense pine forrest. Here you have the option of taking the steep track up the hill or following the road around the bend. Both ways lead you to the Galaha Road. The end of the trail is Galaha's Post Office which is only 900 meters away.

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