Sri Lanka’s lush Hill Country offer geographical diversity and is a place where you can wear a fleece in the daytime and cuddle up beside a log fire in the evening. It is a side where mists slowly part to reveal emerald carpets of tea plantations and mountain forests clinging to serrated ranges bookended by waterfalls.
The Hill Country is a region where you can walk to the end of the world, stands in the footsteps of the Buddha, paddle a raft down a raging river, enjoy the drumbeat of traditional dance and be surrounded by a hundred wild elephants.
At the heart of the tea-growing uplands lies the town of Nuwara Eliya, which preserves a few quaint traces of its British colonial heritage and provides the best base for visiting the misty uplands of Horton Plains. To the south, in Uva Province, a string of small towns and villages Ella, Bandarawela and Haputale which offers marvellous views and walks through the hills and tea plantations. At the southwestern corner of the hill country lies the town of Ratnapura know as the Gem city as the Gem mining centre is located here.
The Hill Country is a major tourist attraction of Sri Lanka and offers greater diversity. This uphill journey will be one of the most enchanting journey of yours as there are a variety of different activities and things to do as well see these include,
- Visiting Nuwara Eliya which is located at the heart of the Hill Country. It is also known as “little England” by tourists as the town is well planned and still retains its English style. The cool, calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best “Ceylon tea” and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world.
- A visit to the Nuwara Eliya golf club as it is more than 100 years old and has an area of over 90 acres. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is a great golf course set in a charming hill station.
- Horton plain is the only mountain National Park and is only one hour away from Nuwara Eliya. The grassy plains, which are interspersed with small patches of forest, are home to leopards, sambur, deer, bear, monkeys and a rich array of birds, including some endemic species. However, the main feature of the park is the “World’s End” where the plateau comes to an abrupt end and drops nearly a 1000m straight.
- Visiting Hill Country picturesque waterfalls which include Devon, St. Claire’s, Dunhinda, Diyaluma, and Ravana Ella are all located near the towns of Haputale and Ella. Also the magnificent Baker’s falls which originates from the Belehuloya which is a tributary of Walawe River.
- A visit to the Hakgalla garden. This one of the most scenic places of Nuwara Eliya With the cool climate of Nuwara Eliya many different kinds of plants from different parts of the world can be seen, for example conifers and cedars from Australia, Bermuda cypresses from the Himalayas English oak are some of the highlights.
- Victoria park as it has become a must see location in Nuwara Eliya as the park is filled with colourful roses and various flowers where you won’t be able to see them in any other city of Sri Lanka.
- The wooden Bridge of Gallanda Oya. This 50 feet long and 6 feet wide wooden bridge is a magnificent and an interesting creation of the ancient craftsman’s of Sri Lanka.
- Ceylon tea is originally introduced by the British around 1850. Ceylon tea is world famous for its high quality and it is a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Currently, Sri Lanka is one of the largest exporter of tea worldwide. Here you have the opportunity to buy the best grades of tea.
- Tea Trails, Tea experience where you will be able to visit and observe tea plantation. Here, you will have the opportunity of tasting various types and grades of this great brew.
- Walk through lush green tea plantations, mountainous landscapes and rural villages.
- Stay in a tea planter’s bungalow.
- Experience the thrills and spills of an exciting as well as breath taking white water rafting adventure in the hill country.
- Walking journeys in this winding Hill Country roads past tea covered hills, misty mountain peaks, and gushing waterfalls are inspirational for those interested in exploring this region on foot.
- Train travel to the southern Hill Country is another fantastic way of exploring this beautiful tea country filled with breathetaking scenery.
- Night time climb up the sacred Adam’s Peak otherwise known as Sri Pada is one of the great challenges of Sri Lanka for active holidaymakers with the urge to conquer. It is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the Christians.