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Hill country

Hill country

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The hill country of Sri Lanka is a picturesque region located in the central part of the country, characterized by its lush green mountains, tea plantations, cool climate, and breathtaking landscapes.

Why You Should Visit Hill country

  1. Nuwara Eliya: Known as “Little England,” Nuwara Eliya is a popular hill station and one of the main attractions in the hill country. The town is famous for its cool climate, colonial-era architecture, well-manicured gardens, and picturesque landscapes. It offers opportunities for leisurely walks, boat rides on Lake Gregory, and visits to tea estates.

     

  2. Ella: Nestled amidst misty mountains, Ella is a charming town renowned for its natural beauty. The area is known for its scenic hikes, including the iconic Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak, and the Nine Arches Bridge. Ella provides stunning viewpoints, tea gardens, and waterfalls such as Ravana Falls and Diyaluma Falls.

     

  3. Horton Plains National Park: Located in the central highlands, Horton Plains National Park is a stunning protected area characterized by rolling hills, grasslands, and cloud forests. The park is home to the famous World’s End viewpoint, where visitors can witness panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. It also features Baker’s Falls and is a great place for hiking and wildlife spotting.

     

  4. Kandy: Although not part of the higher elevation hill country, Kandy is a significant city nestled among hills and is considered the gateway to the region. It is known for its cultural heritage, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kandy also offers the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the scenic Kandy Lake.

     

  5. Tea Plantations: The hill country is renowned for its vast tea plantations that carpet the rolling hills. Places like Nuwara Eliya, Hatton, and Haputale are known for their tea estates, where visitors can learn about the tea-making process, take guided tours, and even enjoy a cup of world-famous Ceylon tea while soaking in the stunning views.

     

  6. Waterfalls: The hill country is dotted with breathtaking waterfalls. Some notable ones include Ramboda Falls, St. Clair’s Falls, Devon Falls, and Bambarakanda Falls, which is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. These cascades offer picturesque landscapes and are ideal spots for photography and relaxation.

 

The hill country of Sri Lanka offers a serene and cooler escape from the tropical lowlands. Its beautiful landscapes, tea plantations, misty mountains, and scenic attractions make it a sought-after destination for nature lovers, hikers, and those seeking tranquility and natural beauty.

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