Hill Country of Sri Lanka


untry of Sri Lanka will surround you with velvety green freshness all around. The hill country in heart of the island, rises from 3000 ft. to over 8000. The approach to it, whether by road, or rail, is a journey through narrow passes, beside deep ravines and over gushing streams.

As you travel, you will sea the vegetation change from tropical profusion to gentle spreading rubber plantations, to cool green hills, the home of Ceylon tea. Tea-pluckers work on the slopes, butterfly-like in their colorful attire, bent and wizened with year of toil.
Just 100 kms north east of Colombo in a valley ringed by protective tall peaks nestles Sri Lanka’s hill capital and most beautiful city. 488 meters above sea level Kandy enjoys a cooler climate to the resorts on the beaches.
The Hill country of Sri Lanka is a sight to behold. After the heat of the low lands of Sri Lanka, the diversity of temperature and scenery of the high lands is incredible, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela, are three popular hill stations of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya being the highest, situated over 6000 feet above sea level is also called “Little England”. As this is where the British built themselves a home away from home.
 The town of Nuwara Eliya sprawls over the fertile valley flanked by Mount Pidurutalagala and Single Tree Mountain and is scattered with Victorian-style 19th century homes, bungalows, guesthouses and hotels complete with gabled roofs, large open fireplaces and hardwood floors. Nuwara Eliya takes pride in its beautiful gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds. The quaint towns of the southern highlands,often overlooked by the package trade, also hold much charm. Ella Gap offers wonderful views to the south coast on a fine day. Bandarawela, an area known for tea and fruit growing, is at the centre of Uva’s ‘Health Triangle’and is a town that Sri Lankans believe has the perfect climate: dry and sunny with fresh and clean air. Haputale, on the far south of the highlands, offers lovely walking with dramatic views. Dickoya is famous for its pristine tea plantations. Close to Hatton is the sacred Adam’s Peak – a 2,234m high holy mountain which is climbed each year from December to April by thousands of devotees from many faiths. The hills are extremely popular for those who enjoy the outdoors and active pursuits. The temperate climes and magnificent views provide for fine walking through tea estates and rural hill country villages. In the Dickoya and Kitulgala region, it is possible to go mountain biking, canoeing and whitewater rafting.

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