The Hill Country
Experience nature’s splendour as you journey to the enchanting Hill Country of Sri Lanka. This region is a must-visit destination if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and be one with nature. The Hill Country’s landscape will leave you breathless from sprawling lush tea plantations, mountain ranges, cloud forests, rolling hills to cascading waterfalls.
Places to Visit
- Adam’s Peak – Standing at 2,224 metres above sea level, the majestic Adam’s Peak is Sri Lanka’s fourth highest mountain. It is known for the Sri Pada or the “sacred footprint” of Buddha near the summit. It is an important pilgrimage site by Buddhists, Hindus, some Muslims and Christians. The mountain can be accessed by 6 trails linked to major cities and towns by bus.
- Nuwara Eliya – Discover the charming city of Nuwara Eliya, located on the central highlands of the country. At 1,868 metres above sea level with a cool climate, it also known for its tea production. Other tourist attractions aside from its verdant tea plantations include Victoria Park, Gregory Lake and the Hill Club. Cap off your day with an afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel.
- Ella – Take one of the most scenic train rides to Ella, a charming town located in the Badulla district of Uva Province. It is covered with majestic mountains, cloud forests and endless tea plantations. Walk along the rails on the Nine Arch Bridge, the most photographed landmarks of the town. Hike up to the top of Ella Rock or Little Adam’s Peak. You can also take a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale. This is one of the most famous viewpoints in Sri Lanka, offering incredible views of tea plantations surrounded by mist in early morning.
- Horton Plains National Park – Quench your thirst for adventure with a hike to Horton Plains National Park located in the central highlands. The park is known for its abundant flora and fauna, with many species found here endemic to the region. Other famous tourist attractions include the World’s End, a cliff with a drop of 2,000 metre, and Baker’s Falls, a waterfall formed by Belihul Oya.
- Kandy – Explore Sri Lanka’s second largest city and cultural capital. It is located between several mountain ranges including the Hanthana and Knuckles mountain ranges. Kandy is also known as the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple built within the Royal Palace complex which houses the relic of Buddha’s tooth, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Royal Palace of Kandy, located to the north of the Temple of the Tooth. It was the royal residence of the Sri Lankan monarchy. Other notable landmarks include the Lankatilaka Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple featuring traditional Sinhalese architecture, Gadaladeniya Temple, also a Buddhist temple dating back in 14th century designed with Hindu artistic style, and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, located 5.5. kilometres to the west of Kandy, known for its collection of orchids.
- Udawalawe National Park – See Sri Lankan wildlife especially elephants roaming in their natural habitat. Located on the boundary of Sabaragumuwa and Uva Provinces, Udawalawe National park is one of the most visited parks in Sri Lanka.
- Burduruwagala – Discover 1000-year-old rock-cut Buddha figures at this ancient Buddhist temple.
When to visit
Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation dictated by two alternating monsoon seasons. Planning ahead is highly advisable so you know which part of the country is dry during your visit. Nevertheless, it can be seen as an all year-round holiday destination because clear blue skies and sunny days can be enjoyed even during the wet season.
High Season (December to March)
- The Hill Country and the west & south coast beaches are busiest and driest.
- The Maha monsoon season (October to January) keeps the East, North and ancient cities wet.
Shoulder (April and from September to November)
- April and September offer the best odds for good weather countrywide.
- A good time to wander without a set schedule.
Low Season (May to August)
- The Yala monsoon season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the Hill Country.
- The weather in the North and East is best.
Some popular The Hill Country Packages
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