Sri Lanka’s Hill Country features an entirely different climate from the rest of the island’s sunny weather and also a range of fascinating attractions that must be explored.
The central highlands
Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands or Hill Country is one of the fascinating travel destinations on the island. Featuring a colder climate along with flora and fauna to match, Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is a welcome escape from the sunny climate in most other parts of the island. If you are a first time traveller looking to explore the hill country of Sri Lanka, let travel agents such as Walkers Tours who specialises in Sri Lanka vacations help you to get the best out of your holiday.
Kandy is the unofficial capital of the hill country. This ancient town was the site of Sri Lanka’s last kingdom before the island was colonized by the British. Thus the city has a rich heritage and culture. Kandy is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Sri Lanka, such as the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, the Kandy Royal Palace, and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Nuwara Eliya is one of the most picturesque cities of Sri Lanka. Known for its cool climate, the region is great for tea plantations, giving visitors breathtaking views of acres of lush tea estates on the sloping hills of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is best visited during the month of April, which is colloquially referred to as the ‘Nuwara Eliya season’. During this time the city host many annual events such as horse races, motor races, parties and other festivities.
Located 680m above sea level, the city of Badulla is another popular destination of the hill country of Sri Lanka. Badulla is also home to some great attractions; the ancient Muthiyangana Temple being one of the most famous attractions since it is believed to have been visited by Lord Buddha on his third visit to Sri Lanka.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+