Scenic Tea Estate Walks
A combination of jaw-dropping views, spectacular landscapes, and a temperate climate makes Camellia Hills a superb place to get active. The team has researched scenic trails of varying lengths and difficulties from the bungalow that navigates through tea estates, scenic paths, and roads that look down upon the mirror-still reservoir and picturesque valley. What will you see? Apart from the blue skies and breathtaking views, you might see groups of ladies methodically plucking tea leaves in the plantations or villagers carefully balancing dried branches on their heads to take back to town as firewood.
The trails also pass little Hindu shrines and tea weighing stations where tea pluckers congregate to get their sacks of leaves weighed a few times a day. In the villages, you may suddenly find yourself surrounded by a gaggle of children, eager to say hello. Many species of birds reside in the surrounding countryside, as do goats, Sambar, and Barking deer.
All trails have been uploaded onto a mobile app that you can use to navigate by yourself. However, for a more exciting experience, we recommend being accompanied by our Naturalist, if he is available at the time.
Please speak with a butler for more information.
Active walkers who are interested in a longer, more challenging hike will enjoy the two trails below.
Adam’s Peak Viewpoint Trail
A total of 7 kilometres (each way), the trail takes approximately 3 hours from start to completion and is moderate in difficulty. This trail is an uphill climb beyond the Peak Ridge Forest and navigates through tea estate paths and tracks that look down upon the picturesque Castlereagh Reservoir. You’ll trek through multiple terrains and landscapes on the way to the viewpoint. The summit of this trail is a plateau covered in boulders, wild citronella grass, and presents an incredible view of Adam’s Peak and the villages below flanked by two reservoirs. This trail is best done in the evening in time for sunset.
Fishing Hut Trail: Rajamale route through Moray Estate
Of all the trails that lead to the base of Adam’s Peak, the Rajamale route through Moray Estate begins at Fishing Hut and connects directly to the steepest section of the route to the summit. The Fishing Hut’s starting point of this trail boasts a pair of beautiful log cabins set on the edge of the Moray Estate, on the banks of Baththulu-Oya (lake). Built by British tea planters many years ago as a trout fishing location, this is a scenic spot for nature lovers. At least 75% of this route is through pure wilderness and is a thrilling experience if you’re up for a little adventure.