The Upper Hill Country

With gorgeous vistas of mountain ranges, spectacular plunging waterfalls, misty rugged peaks, verdant tea estates, breathtaking plains and sloping valleys, the upper hill country of Sri Lanka is simply remarkable.

The upper hill country boasts a colder altitude, which is perfect for tea estates. This area was highly favoured during the British colonial era, who introduced tea to the island. Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the hills; this town used to be called ‘Little England’, and has reminders of colonial heritage dotted around. Nuwara Eliya is an excellent base to visit Horton Plains National Park which has some incredible scenery, beautiful waterfalls and excellent hikes. The most popular attraction here is World’s End, a sheer drop that provides a stunning viewpoint at the edge of the hill country.

A small group of quaint towns and villages including Ella, Bandarawela, Hatton and Haputale make up the rest of the hill country. These locations offer delightful views and walks through the hills and tea plantations. Ella has stunning views through Ella Gap which is off Ella Rock, as well as stunning waterfalls such as Rawana, Diyamula and Dunhinda. Another key attraction that is accessible in the hill country is Adam’s Peak.