Sri Lanka Hill country

The hill country in Sri Lanka is so beautiful!

Mountains, tea plantations and water falls, make the perfect backdrop. In this area you can go exploring, trekking, rafting or riding the scenic train.

What places should you visit in the Hill Country?

Nuwara Eliya

At almost 2000 meter above sea level ⛰️🤩 you find beautiful Nuwara Eliya.

Surrounded by lush, green tea plantations and strongly influenced by the The British plantation owners. The cool climate gives you a refreshing break from the tropical heat.💙

Top sights in the area:
💡 Trek to the “Worlds End” in Horton´s Plains National Park.
💡 Walk around, or go on a swan-boat trip on Gregory Lake.
💡 Go on a bumpy & beautiful jeep-ride in the “Moon Plains” and see the view of Sri Lankas tallest mountain, Pidurutalagala at 2524 m.
💡 Visit a tea factory in the area.
💡 See the variety of plants in Hakgala Botanical Garden .
💡 Have a “high tea” in one of the fancy hotels.

❤️ Watch more tips in this video from our family travel to Nuwara  👇


Ella is the perfect place to stay while exploring the Hill Country in Sri Lanka. Here you will find a really good selection of budget friendly hotels, hostel and home-stays.

Top sights in and around Ella:
💡 Trek to the top of “Little Adams Peak” or the longer hike to “Ella Gap” or “Ella Rock”.

💡Take that instagram-perfect 📸 of the “Nine Arch Bridge” :

Sri Lanka hill country Ella Nine Arch Bridge

💡 Zipline over the treetops with a mountain backdrop!

💡 Have a beer or a meal at the popular “Cafe Chill”, while you plan your next adventure.

And speaking of adventure 😆 See the video of our family trip to Ella & Haputale here 👇


Kandy is a large city in the highlands, with several sights worth your time:

💡 The tooth temple (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

💡 The Royal Botanical Garden 🌴🌼 (In Peradeniya – a few kilometres outside of Kandy)

💡 Traditional Kandyan Dance Show.

💡Gem musem

PS: There is some great shopping also in town🛍 Souvenirs, wood carvings, jewelries, spices,tea, batic – and much more!

Read more of the history of Kandy in this article; Sri Lankan heritage 💫Wonders of the Bygone Days


Kitulgala is famed for White water rafting 💦 in the Kelani-river. It´s located a 4 hours drive from Hikkaduwa , or 2,5 hours from Colombo in the direction to Kandy.

Rafting Sri Lanka in Kitulagala

Other activities in this area: Kayaking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Canyoning and more

👉👉 See what places you can visit as a day trip from our hotel here in Hikkaduwa.

4 of the ⭐ TOP 10 SIGHTS IN SRI LANKA is here in the Highlands.

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