3 Easy Mountains To Hike With Your Kids
Usually, people visit Sri Lanka for its fantastic beaches, but lately, the highlands of Sri Lanka are gaining popularity. We thoroughly encourage you to ditch your regular beach holiday and opt for an adventure in the hills because it is truly a one a kind experience, and if you are worried about hiking with young children, the following treks are perfectly safe- as long as you follow the instructions given at each site.
1. Little Adam’s Peak, Ella
Ella is a quaint town surrounded by mountains of tea plantations, with little shops and cafes, and the road leading to Little Adam’s Peak is just off the main road. The hike to the top is very manageable, it is only 4.5 km which is about a one-hour “hike”, but it is actually more of a leisurely stroll. The last 20mins can be a little steep so it may be advisable to take a stick with you to help you on your way down. Little Adam’s Peak is incomparable in height and grandeur of the more famous Adam’s Peak, but it provides some stunning views for minimum effort!
2. Laxapana Falls
Situated in the Maskeliya area, Laxapana Falls is a must when you’re in Hatton. It is one of Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfalls, and it truly is a sight to see, but instead of a proper mountain hike, the climb to Laxapana is through a long staircase. Keep in mind that because of the waterfall, the pathway tends to be a little wet and slippery, so wear proper shoes! Also, because of the high water flow of Laxapana, it is advised that you don’t swim under the waterfall, instead, we recommend you and your family take a few snacks to enjoy near the waterfall before you begin your journey down. If you are looking for some local treats that your kids will enjoy to take on the hike, click here.
3. Horton Plains
Another popular attraction around Hatton is the famous Horton Plains National Park. Here, you and your family can take a trail which will take you through the park’s wilderness and you will finally end up at the cliff commonly known as World’s End. The park has a diverse range of plants– different to the rest of the island; the park is also home to many animals, and you are almost guaranteed to see a Sambar deer. It is also a bird-watching paradise.