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Hill Country

a world away from the rest of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s hill country is a world away from the rest of the island; here you will find cool mountain air, manicured tea plantations, jagged peaks and the time-worn remains of British rule. 

A seemingly endless landscape of mist-shrouded hills scattered with quaint tea gardens and old British settlements, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the hill country.  

Once an untamed sweep of jungle covered mountains, with the arrival of the British in the 19th century, the hill country’s potential for tea production was fully realized. Today Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea is world-famous and recognised for its distinct aroma and quality. You can visit one of the working tea plantations to see the tea-making process in action, and sample the unique varieties yourself.

Lying in the shadow of Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, Nuwara Eliya has earned the nickname ‘Little England’ thanks to it’s charming colonial architecture. Enjoy scenic walks through tea plantations, take a tour of the tea factory or simply relax and enjoy the magnificence of the countryside.  

If you’re feeling more adventurous consider a hike up Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s fifth-highest mountain. Rising for over 2,000 metres above the surrounding hills, the climb up is a challenging one but well worth it for the jaw-dropping views from the summit. The mountain is also a holy pilgrimage site, thanks to a footprint at the peak which is claimed to have been left by the Buddha.

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Camellia Hills, Hill Country Hill Country

Just five homely, timber-floored bedrooms make up this modern-day tea planter’s bungalow. All are individually decorated with white-tiled bathrooms, traditional wooden beams, four-poster beds and large picture windows, though the best views are reserved …

Goatfell, Tea Country Hill Country

Formerly the estate manager’s bungalow, Goatfell today is still steeped in the charm of a bygone era. Perched 2,000-metres above sea level on the fringes of Kandapola, this luxurious …

Nine Skies, Hill Country Hill Country

Framed by tea fields, Nine Skies sits atop a hill in Demodera just on the outskirts of the small town of Ella. The property itself, an elegant five-bedroom bungalow, dates …

Ceylon Tea Trails, Castlereagh Reservoir Hill Country

Your Tea Trail will lead you around the breath-taking scenery of Castlereagh Reservoir – set high in the central uplands of Sri Lanka – to stay at five characterful bungalows. Each bungalow has its own unique style, …

Thotalagala, Uva Province Hill Country

You’ll find Thotalagala nestled on a 145-year-old estate in one of the country’s premier tea growing regions. It has just seven suites, all furnished in classic colonial-era fashion with king size beds, polished …

Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Hill Country

Sri Lankan locals – especially those who have never been to the UK – will assure you that Nuwara Eliya is exactly like Scotland. Well, it does have a golf course near the centre of town. But …

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