Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

In the heart of Sri Lanka you find the Hill Country, known for its rolling tea plantations and national parks. Anyone a tour of Sri Lanka will delight at driving through this amazing scenery, and you can even take a train from Kandy to make it all the more special. At the centre of the Hill Country, you find the old colonial British hill-station of Nuwara Eliya, home to amazing architecture and old-school hotels, perfect for a drink or two. Colonial bungalows are opening up in  the hills around, restoring them to their former glory and opening as boutique hotels. You can either just take gentle walks in the country, maybe pop into a Tea Factory to see how tea is produced, or just sit back and enjoy the views around you. However, if you like to get out and about, this area is like Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. For adventure lovers, a walk across Horton Plains and seeing the dramatic World’s End is a must. A climb up Adam’s Peak offers the best views in Sri Lanka, dramatically coming alive at dawn. The scenery around Ella, Bandarawella and Hapitale is equally as inspiring, and we can tailor an itinerary to make the most of being in the hills on a tour of Sri Lanka. In the lower hills you will find Sri Lanka’s last true rainforest in Sinharaja. Up from there you have the Hill Country’s adventure playground at Kithugalla where you go try your hand at white-water rafting.

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Sri Lanka’s Hill Country Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Ultimate Luxury Holiday to Sri Lanka

Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Hill Country - Southern Beaches  

Sri Lanka has it all; amazing luxury boutique hotels, fantastic experiences, breath-taking scenery, sumptuous cuisine and you can even hop around in a private helicopter.

14 days from £7020 p. p.

Sri Lanka’s Tea Hills and Palm-fringed beaches

Negombo - Hill Country - Galle - Tangalle  

This journey to Sri Lanka combines the tea country with a stay on Sri Lanka’s south coast, more of a relaxing holiday than immersive tour, a way to sit-back and relax and simply enjoy the destination.

14 days from £5528 p. p.

Colonial Ceylon

Colombo - Kandy - Hill Country - Galle  

Delve into Sri Lanka’s colonial past, exploring the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences that have helped shape modern Sri Lanka.

  £3780 p. p.

A Family Holiday to Sri Lanka

Negombo - Hill Country - Kandy - South Coast Beaches  

Think Sri Lanka, and think of wild elephants, jungles, tea plantations, spices and palm-fringed beaches. All of which makes for a wonderful family adventure, designed to not involve too much driving which can always be a downside to travelling with children in Sri Lanka.

14 days from £1910 p. p.

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Galle  

For those wanting a quick introduction to Sri Lanka, then this suggested private tour might well be your answer. Explore the Ancient Cities, the Tea Country and end on the south coast beaches.

10 days from £1755 p. p.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Maldives  

Sri Lanka and the Maldives is one of the best twin-centre holidays you can experience, a blend of culture, adventure and beach that makes for such a wonderful journey.

13 days from £2705 p. p.

Classic Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Tea Country - Yala - Galle - Bentota  

This classic private tour of Sri Lanka takes in all the major highlights from the stunning cultural heritage of the north, the tea country, wildlife and laid-back beaches in the south.

13 days from £2595 p. p.

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Mandira Bungalows, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Mandira Bungalows

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Mandira Bungalows are a collection of three original planter’s bungalows set in the tea hills around Hatton in Sri Lanka.

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Ceylon Tea Trails

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Staying in one of the five Ceylon Tea Trails plantation houses is the most luxurious way to experience Sri Lanka’s hill country. In many ways, a stay at Tea Trails is the highlight of any tour of Sri Lanka. You can expect the most amazing service, cuisine and a chance to stretch your legs and …

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Rosyth Estate, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Rosyth Estate House

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Rosyth Estate is a beautifully refurbished original planter’s bungalow set on a working tea and rubber estate in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country.

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Taylor's Hill, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Taylor’s Hill

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Taylor’s Hill is a laid-back colonial country house in the tea hills of Sri Lanka and has a contemporary finish, perfect as a retreat from which to explore the hill country.

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Warwick Gardens

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Warwick Gardens is a lovingly restored original planter’s house just outside Nuwara Eliya in the hill country, close to the tea plantations, in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka’s Hill Country Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.