HIKING IN RIVERSTON SRI LANKA
Hiking in Riverston Sri Lanka was an unexpected highlight on my journey throughout the island. Riverston is a region best defined by the popular term, ‘off the beaten path’. We drove for several hours, parked in the middle of nowhere and then embarked on a hike, on which we saw not a single other tourist and only a few locals working in the fields. If you are looking for an isolated, peaceful trek with impressive views you should read on.
The hike in Riverston begins at the Riverston Telecommunications Tower. We parked our car near a small river, which actually had a pretty epic cliff jump that none of the locals seemed to be using. We checked the depth and it seemed solid but definitely, check it for yourself when you go.
We headed across the river and through the rice fields and farmland. There is minimal signage but luckily we had our guide Lukobanda to guide us up. The hike doesn’t have a specific name according to the locals other than the Riverston Hike. The hike looks out over the Knuckles mountain range and the surrounding highlands. It’s one of the short day trip hikes in the area. The end of the hike ends with a sharp 300m drop, which made for some pretty epic photos. From here you can chill and take in the views of the Thelgamuwa Valley, the terraced rice fields, and the Knuckles mountain range. This spot is called ‘The Worlds End’.The hike is 5km long but not incredibly difficult.
The majority of the hike runs through the forest making it incredibly humid and sweaty. The terrain is dirt and roots so solid shoes are necessary. Make sure to bring at least 2 liters of water, sunscreen and a hat.
The beauty of this Riverston hike was that we only had to hustle up the mountain for just over an hour before enjoying the epic viewpoint. It was a huge reward for minimal effort!