The beauty and serenity of Sri Lanka’s famed Hill Country and Central Highlands are renowned counterpoints to the hustle, bustle and maritime madness of our renowned beaches. Which is why Newspaper, the blog and catchup for high-end techy business types, has focused a travel-section roundup on five of the region’s prime destinations.
Kandy, “really the only other city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo”, gets a special mention not only for its regular mainstream tourist attractions, but also because of its propensity to calm the soul. The same can be said of Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little Engand’ former colonial hill station with its vestiges of old British manners and mores, including St. Andrew’s Hotel, formerly a Tudor-style country house.
Special mention also goes to the epic scenic scenic railway journey between Kandy and Haputale, and beyond to Bandarawela and Badulla, “a great experience, and the train goes slowly enough that you have time to enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls, rivers and brilliant green of the tea plantations”. Meanwhile, Bandarawela is renowned for what became synonymous with the former Ceylon, and is still a mainstay of the Sri Lankan tourism and trade economy—tea.
Plantations abound in the surrounding hills, where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about this princely beverage, as well as stay in luxury accommodation created from former tea factories.