About Hill Country
Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is the most scenic, and certainly the most alluring part of the country in our opinion. The landscape is dominated by verdant peaks offering astounding views.
In tea country, tea plantations sweep over vast terrains of land, like a huge green carpet. Spread out among them, women wearing colourful sarees and carrying a basket on their backs can be seen deftly plucking the tea leaves. Some of the finest tea in the world comes from these hills.
Perched at the top of a hill and surrounded by tea estates and pine forests is the quaint little village of Ella which, with its pretty bungalows and front yard gardens, offers some of the most beautiful views to be had in the whole of Sri Lanka. We highly recommend taking the Hill Country train to Ella. Snaking through tea plantations, pine forests and past thundering waterfalls, this is truly one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town and is situated in the heart of the southern Hill Country. The town has learnt itself the nickname “Little England” owing to its Tudor style houses, 18-hole golf course, race course, Victorian style park and fishing retreats on its lakes. It can get very chilly here, especially overnight, when the temperature gauge can often fall to zero. Luckily there is nearly always a log fire nearby to snuggle up to.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Sri Lanka's Hill Country is from December - March.