Hill Country

Ella Rock

Just a couple of hours drive away from the city of Colombo you’ll arrive at the cool hills of Sri Lanka. Kandy, the entrance to the highlands is a city full of mystery and magic. The last royal capital of Sri Lanka, this city with its glorious past draws tourists in droves, The deeply religious temple of the tooth, the colourful Esala Perahera a festival with very grandly dressed elephants, dancers, and thousands of pilgrims in procession, the many glorious perennial gardens, meditation centres and batik factories, are some of the reasons why most people just can’t resist even a short trip to this magnificent hill capital.

The highlands contain some of Sri Lanka’s most stunning scenery and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness and you’re sure to come across plenty of places where you’ll just have to stop and go ‘wow’! Some of the accommodation in this part of Sri Lanka is also just fantastic. Combining the traditional highland setting with boutique type villas and Victorian-style houses creates a piece of living that’s full of old world charm while also being modern, chic and very comfortable. The train ride from Kandy to Nanu oya is possibly one of the most scenic routes in the world. Walk around the verdant tea plantations and taste a cuppa of some of the best tea in the world, visit some of the colonial style houses in our “Little England”, play a round of golf in the many beautifully kept Nuwara Eliya golf courses, trek through the dense Sinharaja rainforest to see some of our most fascinating birdlife, challenge yourself to some white water rafting down the Kelani River in Kitulgala or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the enchanting Sn Lankan highlands.

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