Holidays to the Sri Lankas Tea Country/Central Highlands
Lying at an altitude of almost 2000m above sea level, the island’s tea country occupies verdant hillsides in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It’s cool climate (up to 10°C cooler than the coastal areas) suited the growth of quality tea and appealed to the British during the 19th century to settle and make it a ‘home from home’. Today, the Colonial heritage is evident in much of the architecture; the tea plantation managers’ bungalows dotted on the slopes and many public buildings and hotels.
The gentle ‘old world’ ambience is still present, no less so than in the town of Nuwara Eliya, formerly a British summer retreat and centre for tea production in Sri Lanka. Other smaller settlements where the pace of local life is gentle and unhurried include Dickoya, Bandarawela and Hatton. Nearby, in the Horton Plains National Park, is the spectacular 1000m cascade ‘World’s End’ tumbling over the precipice to the plains below.
This highland region offer breath-taking landscapes with bubbling mountain streams, lakes, waterfalls and steep hillsides cloaked in vivid green tea plantations and lofty Cyprus and Eucalyptus trees. Trekking is popular, whether short afternoons walk through villages and plantations or a more challenging guided trek, possibly to famous Adam’s Peak.
For a really enchanting journey, the uphill train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya is possibly one of the most scenic in the world. The line also extends to the southern highlands for smaller towns like Ella.
It’s almost impossible to stay in this impressive region without observing the tea harvesting and a visit to one of the many tea factories will enlighten visitors on the traditional methods still used to produce some of the world’s finest teas, including a tasting of course!
The Tea Country region can be visited while on the Highlights Tour of Sri Lanka, and on the Sri Lanka Nature Tour.
See here for more details of the hotel in the Tea Country offered by Holiday Designers.
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