About Kandy and the 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.
Kandy is the geographical, cultural and religious heart of Sri Lanka and the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings, falling to the British in 1815. This relatively sleepy town is built around a peaceful lake and is surrounded by lush green hills, providing a fantastic base from which to explore the Hill Country to the south as well as the ancient cities to the north. While in town, be sure to visit The Dalada Maligawa (aka Temple of the Tooth) which houses Sri Lanka’s most important religious relic - the sacred tooth of Buddha.
Best Time to Visit
December - March is the driest time of year in the Hill Country and therefore the ideal time to visit. April and September - November are generally good months to visit also. May - August is monsoon season, which tends to bring a lot of rain to the area.