‘Single Tree Hill‘, or ‘One Tree Hill’ as it is also called, is the 10th tallest mountain of the tropical paradise island of Sri Lanka. Situated next to the mountain city of Nuwara Eliya, the peak has a height of 6890 feet or 2100m above sea level. The summit, with the single tree on it, offers a great vantage point to view the surrounding landscape.
Hiking up Single Tree Hill
Single Tree Hill is reached from a hiking route starting from Nuwara Eliya City. Many guided hikes start to the peak start from the Race Course of Nuwara Eliya. Despite having a fair height over sea level; the peak only rises 250m above Nuwara Eliya City, giving it the appearance of a hill.
Best Time to Start Hike: 4:30 am – 5:00 am
Time taken for Hike: 1 ½ hours to 2 hours
Hiking Difficulty Level: Easy to Medium
Things to Take: Water Bottle, Energy Bars
Things to Wear: Comfortable clothing and Hiking Shoes.
Things to See:
- The route winds through tea estates and by a pretty little Buddhist Temple called Sri Swarnagiri Temple with slightly Thai-looking architecture
- From the summit of Single Tree Hill you can see many of the major mountain ranges of the island; including Hakgala Range, Sri Pada Range and the Piduruthalagala Range.
- The City of Nuwara Eliya and its attractions such as Gregory Lake and the Race Course are spread out in the vistas below.
- If you arrive early in the morning before 7:00 am the sunrise creates brilliant panoramas that are perfect for any photograph.