Strategic forts and battlegrounds 

Walk the final stretch of the long-forgotten Historic Old Road from Colombo to Kandy, the path of trade and diplomacy, trodden on by traders, kings, governors, generals and soldiers. A series of encounters between the Kandyan army and the Portuguese army took place along this route: the battle of Danturé in 1598 and the battle of Gannoruwa in 1638, which was the last decisive battle between these two armies.

Location: Kandy

Trip type Day hike
Trail route type type Point-to-point
Length 18 km
Elevation at trailhead 487m
Elevation at trailend 611m
Cumulative elevation gain 278m 
Cumulative elevation loss 154m 
Level Easy
Group size 4 to 8
Start Gannoruwa – 07:00
Finish Balana Fort – 16:30
Period December to April and July to October
Inclusions Trek guide/lunch/water/transport back to Kandy after the walk
Exclusions Breakfast/transport to the start point

Highlights

Suriyagoda Buddhist Temple
Dodanwela Temple
Danturé Village
Balana Fort

What to wear

Walking shoes with a good grip and ankle support
Long pants/bermuda shorts
Shirt/t-shirt/casual tops

What to put in your backpack

Cap/hat
Sunglasses & sun protection cream
Hand towel
Small trash bag
Light waterproof jacket (k-way) – depending on weather
Plastic bags – to keep your phone/camera dry
Emergency phone numbers
Copy of your ID or passport
Basic first aid kit


N° of persons 4-6 7-8
Per person $40 $35

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