Welcome to Kandy and the Hill Country

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Tucked away into the southern heartlands of the teardrop island, the hill country offers a refreshing escape from the blistering heat of the coastal lowland. The gentle green hills, rugged peaks and verdant tea gardens are often blanketed by mist. Some of the not-to-be missed spots here are Kandy, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Hatton and Adam's Peak. Scenic Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka, boasts some endearing historical attractions, lush botanical gardens, tea plantations and an overall spectacular natural beauty. Kandy is also home to the deeply revered Buddhist Temple of the Tooth. Other prominent attractions are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Gadaladeniya Temple and Lankatilaka Temple. The wooded hills and tea plantations are also full of wonderful walking and hiking trails.

Endearingly called Sri Lanka’s ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya is the country’s highest town. While ‘Little England’ is a bit of an exaggeration, Nuwara Eliya does has some oddly scattered structures from the...

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