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Nine Arches Bridge Ella

Nine-arched railway bridge at Ella

Hill Country

Sri Lanka's Hill Country

Explore a land of tea plantations, cloud forests and an enduring colonial legacy

A new world awaits as you board the train up to Sri Lanka’s picturesque hill country, where the air is fresh and cool, clouds float over forests, and tea pickers are working hard in the lush green plantations. With all the stark changes in climate, scenery and architecture you feel a bit like you’ve just landed in old England.

British rule had a profound and lasting influence on Sri Lanka’s Hill Country which is still felt today. Some plantation houses have been converted into boutique heritage hotels which make for lovely peaceful retreats, and you can also stay in historic colonial-era clubs and hotels. Enjoy afternoon tea and a spot of billiards.

There is some excellent walking to be done on the highlands of Horton Plains, to the peak of Ella Rock, or up holy Adam’s Peak for a magical sunrise.

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country makes a great stop for a few days when traveling from the ancient sites further north down to the national parks and beaches of the south.

Regions in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

Explore Sri Lanka's Hill Country

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