Hill Country

Destination:

The beauty of Sri Lanka is such that one can bask in the sun and enjoy the summer heat, and in no time relax in cool climate surrounded by the lush green giants of the salubrious hill country. There is something about Mother Nature that awakens the spiritual soul. The gushing waterfalls, dancing rivers, misty mountains, country side walks, colourful flowers ornamented against the lush greenery, carpeted hills of tea bushes are the simple luxuries that are truly blissful. You may be seeking spiritual relaxation or be nature lovers, hikers, golfers or photographers, there is something for everyone!

Nuwaraeliya, the “Little England” of Sri Lanka is the heart of the tea industry which began its journey to produce the green gold of the country after the British influence in the colonial era. You will see many bungalows, houses and hotels with a touch of British taste. Standing 2000m above the sea level it’s only 180km from Colombo.

Cool breeze and picturesque surroundings stroll towards Gregory’s Lake and take a relaxing boat ride on the lake. The city is bustling with local tourists in April during the Sinhala & Tamil New Year. The highlights during this time are the horse races and local fair. If you are a lover of golf, The Nuwara Eliya Golf club is the ideal spot.  Don’t forget to visit Hortain Plains (world heritage site) and beautiful Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

Just 2 hours from Nuwara Eliya is the holy summit of Adam’s Peak ( Sri Pada). A climb up this 2234m high mountain is worth it just to capture the spectacular sunrise. The holy pilgrimage season is from December to May as Buddhist, Christian, Hindu & Muslim devotees trek up the great summit.

The small picturesque town of Ella is a lovely place to inhale nature’s purity. The famous Little Adams Peak, Ella Rock and Ella Gap will present lovely scenery and blissful atmosphere. The Ella Spice Garden will give you some insight on local spices and a taste of local hospitality.

Kandy the capital of the hill country famous for the Temple of the Tooth is located around a quiet tranquil lake. The Royal Botanical Gardens that run along the Mahaweli River in Peradeniya is a popular excursion which houses over 300 varieties of orchids, medicinal plants, herbs and decorative plants.