People of all ages like to do some hikes. Nice long walks around hills and in cool countryside, visiting waterfalls and tea plantations, if that’s possible.
Five interesting facts about Hiking
- Unlike other sports like rock climbing, you don’t need costly gadgets to hike. If you have shoes, a few items of food, and a bottle of water, you can go hiking.
- The fantastic fact is, if you only have shoes and no food or bottle of water, you can still go hiking.
- Bears basically spend their entire lives hiking,
- Most popular hikes are on trails. You do not necessarily need a trail to go hiking. If you don’t have a trail, still you can just walk, which is a lot like hiking, but less fun.
- Hikes range in distance from under 100 feet to hundreds of miles. If you have never been hiking before, you should start at the lower end of the scale.
Single tree Hill .. an ideal place for hiking in Nuwara Eliya
Catch the incredible sight of many of the tallest mountains in Sri Lanka in one panoramic view. Get some great photographs.
This is one of the best locations to view entire Nuwara Eliya. Start the walk heading out of town, at roundabout, take Badulla Road, then watch out for Single Tree Road on the right after 800m. From there it’s simple – the road snakes up through a tea plantation, it was about 4 kms through tea estate and eventually the road turned into a track before reaching several communication towers.. Once you get to the top , you will see a narrow track between two fences that takes you to the view over to Gregory Lake. There’s a seat to have a rest. From there you can head back to the main track, then continue along the crest of the hill on a narrow track, which eventually drops at some huts. You can cut right here and go back down the hill.
Some Tips for Hikers
- Your safety on the trail is your own responsibility. Stay on the trail, don’t take shortcuts .
- Know your capabilities. It’s best to be moderate on your first hike. Altitude, climbing and heat can make hikes that much more difficult.
- Keep your medical conditions in mind when you’re planning a hike. Knee and back problems, heart conditions, diabetes, asthma and other medical conditions can be amplified with exertion and severe weather.
- Consider hiking poles to take the stress off your knees and thighs.
- Keep your backpack as light as possible. Water and food should be the heaviest items you pack.
- Invest in a good quality backpack that fits your style and body type.
- Hiking boots are always preferred to gym shoes, be careful that you don’t get blisters.
- Sun glasses, sunscreen, bug spray and a basic first aid kit are always good to carry with you.
- Never hike alone. You need to have a partner in case you have an accident.
- You should know how to get to your destination, which may mean buying a map and carrying a compass.
- Along the way, you may need to refill your water supply. Know
Where to find water, and have that marked on your map.
- Always look at the weather forecast ahead of time and were appropriate attire. Hike at a pace where you can talk while you are walking and know when to take a break.
- Stop once every hour for 10 minutes even if you don’t think you need a rest.
- You should never hike on an empty stomach. Be sure to eat before, during and after your hike. Make sure your snacks are filled with carbohydrates and salt. The carbs will give you energy while the salts keep your electrolytes in check.