Hill Country

Bandarawela is a quaint town that contains many remnants from its colonial past. Set against a backdrop of flowering trees and green hills, Bandarawela is frequented by visitors looking to unwind in the mountain scenery. Close by is the Dowa Rock Temple, containing murals of the Buddha's life that date back to the 1st Century BC.

Ella is a frequently visited destination in Sri Lanka with its beautiful tea plantations, hills and waterfalls. The Ella Gap, a small break in the mountain range, is famous for allowing viewers from the town to see the Kirinda lighthouse on the coast.

The garden at Hakgala is a beautiful sight to behold, especially as it is set against a backdrop of mountains and jungle. The Hakgala Garden, which is 1500m above sea level, is only a short distance from Nuwara Eliya.

Haputale is a small but busy town in the Badulla district, surrounded by tea plantations and rainforests. The town's high elevation gives it usually cool, misty weather that wonderfully compliments the scenery.

The Horton Plains are the source of many of the main rivers on the island. The area is also famous for 'World's End', a sheer cliff at a height of 900m that allows an exquisite panoramic view of the vast expanse of surrounding green hills and mountains.

The beautiful city of Kandy in the center of the island was once an ancient stronghold and capital for Sinhala kings against colonial invaders. It houses many cultural relics and monuments, the foremost being the Sri Dalada Maligawa: the palace of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Other sites include the king's chambers, the Asgiriya and Malwatte monasteries, and the Kandy museum. Kandy also hosts a number of festivals and parades, with the most notable being the Kandy Esela Perahera. The purpose of this grand ten day festival, held during July or August, is to honor the sacred tooth relic. The spectacle is a colorful display of culture with elephants, traditional dancers, drummers and fireworks, and will certainly be a highlight of your trip to Sri Lanka

Kitulgala is the most popular place for white water rafting in Sri Lanka. The rapids that flow through this area provide opportunities for beginners and experienced rafters alike. These white water rapids are surrounded on both sides by tropical rainforest, making Kitulgala ideal for an exhilarating experience.

Nuwara Eliya is a serene little town close to Kandy that draws in both locals and foreigners seeking to experience the cool, misty weather and breathtaking mountain landscape. As the town was developed during the period of British rule, Nuwara Eliya houses many buildings in the colonial style architecture  

This 57 hectare garden, which is only 6km away from Kandy, is bordered on one side by the Mahaveli River. Home to a diverse variety of plants, its Orchid House is famous for hosting over 300 natural and hybrid species of orchid. The colorful scenery makes the location great for photography and romantic strolls through the park.

Pidurutalagala, or Mount Pedro, holds the title of the highest peak in Sri Lanka at over 2500m above sea level. Situated very close to Nuwara Eliya, this mountain offers a worthy challenge to travelers seeking to experience the impressive view from the summit.

The village of Seetha Eliya houses this temple, where legend states that Ravana kept Sita imprisoned for some time. This place is both spiritually and aesthetically uplifting for both devotees and travelers.

While Thalawakele is lower in elevation than other popular hill country destinations, it shares the same cool climate and panoramic scenery as its taller neighbors. What makes Thalawakele special are the Devon and St. Clair waterfalls nearby, where visitors can see the fresh clear water cascading over the rocks for over 70 meters.

For a small island, Sri Lanka has a large number of magnificent waterfalls in its hill country. The Bambarakanda waterfall in Handumulla is the tallest of these, standing at 241m. In addition to these great spectacles, travelers can find smaller waterfalls and pools along their routes to bathe in. A trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without seeing some of these natural beauties.