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About the hill country region of Sri Lanka

Other Regions: ancient-cities | capital-colombo | east-coast | north | north-west | south-coast | west-coastSri Lanka hill-country
When you travel due east of Colombo heading inwards you automatically come to Sri Lanka’s invigorating Hill Country. Here you will be greeted by some really outstanding scenery which will take your breath away.
Cities: Kandy | Kegalle | Nuwara Eliya | Ratnapura | Sinharaja

Tours to the hill-country Region, Sri Lanka

 
Sri Lanka Mini Cultural Heritage Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Cultural Heritage Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1219 
Discover the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Mini Colonial Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Colonial Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1199 
Discover the colonial past of Sri Lanka in this unique tour while staying at some of the finest colonial style hotels. Tour includes The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Nuwara Eliya Tour, Capital Colombo Tour and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage plus time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Mini Cultural Triangle and Wildlife Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Cultural Triangle and Wildlife Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1189 
Discover the world renowned Cultural Triangle and the wild life of Sri Lanka in this tour while staying at some of the finest hotels. Tour includes Anuradhapura Ancient City Tour, Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Caves, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Peradeniya Botantical Gardens, Minneriya National Park, Negombo Village Tour, and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage plus time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Mini Central Highlands Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Central Highlands Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1209 
Marvel at the spectacular scenery, history, archaeological sites, tea plantations and so much more in this very special mini tour incorporating all the best highlights that Sri Lanka’s highlands has to offer. You will be staying at some of the finest hotels that gives the spirit of this holiday but still retain the modern comforts.

Sri Lanka Luxury Heritage Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Luxury Heritage Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £2709 
Discover the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka with luxury inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with time on a luxurous beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Royal Kingdom Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Royal Kingdom Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1329 
Discover the cultural past that dates back to the 5th century BC and the proud history of Sri Lanka. This unique holiday will take you to the most prominent historical ancient royal kingdoms in Sri Lanka give time to experience Sri Lanka's charming people, culture and diverse landscape. You will be staying at some of the finest hotels that give the sprit of this holiday but still retaining the modern comforts.

Sri Lanka Heritage Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Heritage Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1209 
Discover the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Soft Adventure Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Soft Adventure Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1229 
Sri Lanka is home to a range of ecologies that a few countries can boast about; this is why, with the aid of our experienced holiday specialists, an adventure themed holiday by us will be like none other you ever experienced before. Be it white water rafting , exploring the deep jungles of Sri Lanka’s heart land or exploring the caves of historical significance to the great saga of the Ramayana in the highlands, we can assure you that if it is adventure you desire we will plan a holiday that you will remember forever.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Safari and Beach Holiday HolidaySri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Safari and Beach Holiday Holidayfrom £1209 
Our Sri Lanka elephant safari and beach holiday is the perfect introduction to this much loved creature. Come and discover the elephants of Sri Lanka, from rescued sanctuary animals to seeing them in their natural habitat in a national park.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Tour HolidaySri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Tour Holidayfrom £1299 
If you are looking for holidays with elephants, elephant tours Sri Lanka will introduce you to the much loved Sri Lankan elephant. Come and discover the elephants of Sri Lanka, from rescued elephants at a sanctuary to the wild elephants in their natural habitat.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Discovery Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Sri Lanka Discovery Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £899 
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Sri Lanka England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014 with Highlands Tour HolidaySri Lanka England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014 with Highlands Tour Holidayfrom  
Experience unforgettable overseas cricket holiday of a lifetime, with a central highlands tour of Sri Lanka that combine last three nail-biting One Day International matches of England tour of Sri Lanka 2014. The includes visit to cultural city of Kandy, Temple of the Tooth Relic which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cultural Show with fire walking, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Peradeniya’s Royal Botanical Gardens, Nuwara Eliya and more. Having a holiday in this tropical paradise is anyone’s dream but couple with watching England playing cricket in Sri Lanka will be the ultimate dream holiday for any cricket lover.

Excursions of the hill-country Region, Sri Lanka

 
Sri Lanka Pinnawela Elephant OrphanagePinnawela Elephant OrphanageKegallehill country
 Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is home for nearly 84 young and old orphaned elephants. Feed the baby elephants and watch them play and plod down to the river for their daily bath.
 

Sri Lanka Royal City of Kandy TourRoyal City of Kandy TourKandyhill country
 The last capital for the ancient kings of Sri Lanka, the region of Kandy or “Maha Nuwara” in Sinhala is the second largest city in the Island after Colombo. Kandy is the Capital of the Islands Central Province and home to many lush tea plantations and the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) this temple is a holy site to Buddhists the world over and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
 

Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya TourNuwara Eliya TourNuwara Eliyahill country
 Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the southern hill country, Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial period. Nuwara Eliya is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate, carpets of lush green tea, 18 hole golf course, Little England, Victoria Park and more.
 

Sri Lanka Singharaja Rain ForestSingharaja Rain ForestSinharajahill country
 Sinharaja Rain Forest’s biodiversity makes it one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sinharaja Rain Forest is a great location for general wildlife enthusiasts and a must for bird watchers.
 

Sri Lanka Horton PlainsHorton PlainsNuwara Eliyahill country
 Horton Plains is one of the most popular and a unique natural attraction in Sri Lanka. It is located 2000m high plateau 28km south of Nuwara Eliya and its known for its beautiful landscapes, rare plants, animal life and World’s End where the plains comes suddenly to an end.
 

Sri Lanka Adams peakAdams peakRatnapurahill country
 The 2,243 m (7,360-ft) high summit is situated in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary called Peak Wilderness. According to Buddhist history the footprint at the summit of the mountain is of Lord Buddha, left during his third visit to Sri Lanka.
 

Sri Lanka Peradeniya Botanical GardensPeradeniya Botanical GardensKandyhill country
 Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is the foremost of its kind in Sri Lanka in both size and splendour. It was created by the Kandyan King for the enjoyment of the aristocracy. Today the gardens have an orchid house, spice garden, Japanese garden, picturesque lake filled with water lilies and more.
 

Sri Lanka Kandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowKandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowKandyhill country
 In the late evening be escorted to a performance of the energetic traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance show, accompanied by tumultuous drumming and climaxes with the amazing fire-walking show.
 

Sri Lanka Rawana EllaRawana EllaEllahill country
 The spectacular 25m-high Rawana Ella waterfall cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop is known to be one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Its main drop is 30 feet in height and the grandest aspect of the Rawana Ella waterfall is its wild look amidst the wilderness.
 

Sri Lanka BelihuloyaBelihuloyaEllahill country
 Belihul Oya is a very picturesque little hamlet of untouched wilderness, bordering two streams - Weli Oya and Kosgam Oya. The region is famous for its biodiversity
 

Sri Lanka Wilpattu National ParkWilpattu National ParkEllahill country
 Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka, spanning from the northwest coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. The park consists of willus (Natural lakes), dry-lowland forests, scrublands, open grasslands and the coastal belt.
 

Sri Lanka Knuckles Mountain RangeKnuckles Mountain RangeKandyhill country
 The Knuckles Mountain Range is located towards the North East of the City of Kandy and offers one of the most breathtaking climbs among the Sri Lankan hill country. The region is a paradise for all outdoor mountainous activities.
 

Sri Lanka Canoeing at Samanala WewaCanoeing at Samanala WewaBelihul Oyahill country
 If you are visiting Belihuloya, Canoeing at Samanala Wewa is a must. The still calm waters of the Samanala Wewa reservoir are perfect for canoeing.
 

Sri Lanka Trekking at BelihuloyaTrekking at BelihuloyaEllahill country
 Thanks to the untouched wilderness of Belihuloya and the two streams that surround the borders, Weli Oya and Kosgam Oya, it is a great place for trekking.
 

Sri Lanka Belilena CaveBelilena CaveKitulgalahill country
 Belilena cave situated in the forests of Kitulgala is a very large cave, in which the 12,000 year old skeletal remains of the prehistoric man have been found. Trek through the forests in order to reach the cave.
 

Sri Lanka Train Journey to hill countryTrain Journey to hill countryEllahill country
 Arguably there is no better way to experience Sri Lanka’s incredible hill country than to take to Sri Lanka’s iconic rail network that dates back to the period of British colonial rule that is still as charming as it was then.
 

Sri Lanka Highlands Tea Plantation and Tea FactoryHighlands Tea Plantation and Tea FactoryNuwara Eliyahill country
 Drive through the stunning highlands of Sri Lanka, you will realise why Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea and is where the renowned standard of ‘Ceylon Tea' comes from.
 

Sri Lanka Millennium Elephant FoundationMillennium Elephant FoundationKegallehill country
 The Millennium Elephant Foundation, come Experience, Volunteer and Rescue these Gentle Giants and give them a second chance for a life they deserve.
 

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Train Journey from Colombo to KandySri Lanka Train Journey from Colombo to KandyKandyhill country
 The Colombo to Kandy train ride is a deservedly popular Sri Lanka train journey to take to get an up-close feel for Sri Lanka’s dramatic, scenic landscape, and, in just three hours, takes you from sweltering coastal lowlands to cool inland hills.
 

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Train Journey from Kandy to EllaSri Lanka Train Journey from Kandy to EllaEllahill country
 The Sri Lanka train tour from Kandy to Ella is one of the finest in Asia and maybe even one of the world’s great rail journeys. The scenic beauty you will experience on the Kandy to Ella train route via Nuwara Eliya is something you will never forget. Talk to Travel Sri Lanka about including this excursion in your holiday.
 

Sri Lanka Ella GapElla GapEllahill country
 Of all the things to see in Sri Lanka Ella Gap offers one of the most spectacular panorama vistas in the south of the country through a narrow cleft in the hills down to the plains below. The whole route to Ella is amazing but most stunning of all is Ella Gap itself.
 


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Travel Sri Lanka HillCountryTeaIntro.jpgNuwara Eliya - You cannot avoid Nuwara Eliya if you are travelling to the Hill Country. Nuwara Eliya is surrounded by hills and tea plantations. It is of course here that the island's world famous tea is grown and produced. The town of Nuwara Eliya is the perfect getaway from Sri Lanka's tropical heat. The town enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. A favourite retreat of the British during colonial times, Nuwara Eliya is dotted with English country style houses and sprawling gardens, earning it the name Little England. Stop by the well-maintained Central Park, which is awash with flowers between March and May. Make time for an evening stroll on the numerous walking paths around Gregory's Lake, which is located just south of the town.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_elep.jpgPinnewala Elephant Orphanage is a must for any visitor. Established to save abandoned or orphaned wild elephants it now provides a sanctuary for over 60 elephants whom are able to wonder freely. Visitors have the unique opportunity to not only touch the magnificent animals but also to feed the baby elephants with huge bottles of milk. Then are able to follow the herd out of the sanctuary for a short walk to the refreshing river to watch them bath.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_adam.jpgAdams Peak (Sripada) - The place where Adam first set foot on earth is a beautiful and fascinating place and has been the object of worship and pilgrimage for over a 1000 years. The 'pilgrim season' begins on a poya day in December, and runs until the start of the April monsoon when pilgrims and tourists make the 7km ascent to the top to be met by the first rays of dawn as it lights up the holy mountain. The summit of the peak treats the visitor to tremendous views across the hill country as it rises to the east and the land to the west as it meets the sea and allows visitors to view Colombo on a clear day.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_horto.jpgThe Horton Plains National Park is a misty grassland plateau at an elevation of more than 2000 m (6,500 ft), about 20 km from Nuwara Eliya. It consists of grasslands interspersed with areas of forest and some unusual vegetation that grows only in high altitudes. From here rises Sri Lanka's second and third highest mountains. The plains afford some excellent walks, the silence is strange and mysterious. The most amazing feature of Horton Plains is the World's End where the southern part of the plains comes to a sudden end and drops almost straight down for 700 m. Dawn is the ideal time to view this site when the mountains are free of mist and the sun is just rising. The dense forests are home to deer, jackal, the shaggy bear-monkey, sambhur and leopard. The plains are popular with birdwatchers.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_garden.jpgHakgala Botanical Gardens is situated at the base of the Hakgala Peak south of Nuwara Eliya. Established in 1860, the garden is famous for its roses, ferns, the orchid house and the summerhouse. The rock of Hakgala rises 450 m above the gardens.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_hakga.jpgThe Hakgala Natural Reserve can be found at the end of the gardens and is home to a variety of wildlife including bear, monkey, sambhur and bird life.

Sita Eliya Temple - The Temple is located about 1km away from the Hakgala Gardens. According to legend the temple is believed to mark the spot where Sita, the heroine from the Indian epic Ramayana, was held captive by her abductor, King Ravana.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_water.jpgWaterfalls - There are beautiful awe-inspiring waterfalls cascading through the countryside surrounding Nuwara Eliya including St. Clairs Falls, Kurundu Oya Falls and Bambarakanda Falls and mountain passes such as Kadugannawa, Balane and Ramboda thrilling visitors with breathtaking scenery.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_city.jpgKandy - Only 115km away from the bustle of Colombo lies the lush town of Kandy. The focus of this town is its picturesque lake set amid rolling green hills with the town itself displaying a delightful mix of old shops selling crafts and batik and antique and gemstone specialists.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_templ.jpgAdjacent to the lake is the magnificent golden roofed temple, Dalada Maligawa Temple, which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddist relic - the sacred tooth of Budda. The temple has a constant flow of worshippers and visitors in awe of the spectacular golden architecture and energetic Kandyan drummers who signal the start and finish of the daily pujas.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_perah.jpgKandyan drummers also feature with the famed Kandyan Dancers each evening around Kandy who provide a vigorous and athletic performance of dance culminating in a display of fire-walking making this a truly breathtaking show that cannot be missed.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_garden2.jpgSet 6km out of Kandy is the tranquil Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, the largest botanic gardens in Sri Lanka offering the visitor 60 hectares of serene walks among an abundance of orchids and stately avenues of palms is a place of outstanding beauty.

Travel Sri Lanka hill_country_homepage_udawattekele.jpgUdawattekele Sanctuary - Situated to the North of the City of Kandy, this reserve has deep forests with many endemic birds, butterflies and plants.


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