Highlights of The Hill Country

Offering a radically different climate and topography from the rest of the island, the Hill Country provides further evidence of the rich variety that can be experienced during a trip to Sri Lanka. The British influence is felt stronger here than elsewhere, from charming colonial mansions to vast tea estates, plus the breath-taking road and rail journeys which are testament to British engineering. Kandy is the island’s second city, and is a deeply auspicious place for Sinhalese Buddhists, being home to the Temple of the Tooth (the tooth in question supposedly belonging to Buddha himself). Nuwara Eliya is at the highest, and coolest, point on the island and was subsequently made a summer capital for the British and all their needs – expect to find strawberries, manicured lawns, and – most vitally – tea in great number here. A spectacular rail journey can be taken from here to the charming town of Ella, a great base for walking, canoeing, and climbing. Finally, no trip to the Hill Country would be complete without a pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak, or a visit to World’s End in Horton Plains National Park – a jutting rock precipice with a sheer 880m drop.

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Little Adam's Peak, Ella, Sri Lanka
The sleepy village of Ella on the south-eastern edge of the Hill Country is one of the region's most appealing destinations. Surrounded by rolling hills and tea plantations, there are some great walks that can be done from Ella as well as some more adrenalin fuelled activities, such as canoeing and rock climbing.
World's End, Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka
Nestled on the edge of the Hill Country in the centre of the Island, the Horton Plains National Park is one of Sri Lanka's most important parks, particularly for topographical variations. The cooler temperatures have led to the Horton Plains developing its own unique vegetation and it is famous for its population of many rare and endemic birds.
Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy wears a number of different hats; it is Sri Lanka's second city and the former capital, it is the principal city of the central Hill Country region and it is the most southerly point of the ‘Cultural Triangle', being the home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, the Island's most important Buddhist relic.
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
At an elevation of 1800m above sea level, right at the heart of the Hill Country and often referred to as ‘little England' due to its cool climate, colonial heritage and the traditional English garden vegetables which are grown in abundance here, Nuwara Eliya is a charming and most intriguing town.