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Top 5 Hill Country Attractions in Sri Lanka – Amazing Sights of a Tropical Island

Sri Lanka is one of the most popular islands in the world – not only for its breathtaking beauty but also for its unique and delightful cuisine. Its striking landscapes are unrivalled by any and it is a country that simply brims with alluring places that will make you want to visit again and again.

Sri Lanka is one of the most popular islands in the world – not only for its breathtaking beauty but also for its unique and delightful cuisine. Its striking landscapes are unrivalled by any and it is a country that simply brims with alluring places that will make you want to visit again and again.

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Nuwara Eliya

A scenic city in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is a delight to visit and is draped in lush tea plantations that offer fantastic photo opportunities. It is known for producing a massive percentage of the world's best tea. Nuwara Eliya is also called "Little England" by the locals due to its freezing temperatures and charming colonial constructions that are peppered across its stunning landscape – probably the Victorian Park, scenic fishing retreats, and the 18-hole golf course may have had a hand in gaining this alias. Nuwara Eliya is particularly a fabulous place to visit during April when the flowers are in full bloom and the area around Gregory Lake pulsates with various kinds of festivities.

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Horton Plains

Characterised by its extreme cold and strong gusts of wind, Horton Plains in the hill country of Sri Lanka is an amazing place you just have to visit – especially if you're a hiking enthusiast with a special affinity to nature. With many identified and hitherto unidentified creatures thriving inside its lush green flora, this site also offers perfect research prospects for many amateurs and environmental scientists. Here, you may find yourself trekking for approximately 9 kilometres before reaching the "World's End", which brings you to a cliff with a dramatic plunge. It is a great vantage point to admire the surrounding vistas that are absolutely stunning to look at.

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Ella

Toward the East of Horton Plains, you may come across one of the most beautiful villages in Sri Lanka – Ella, the epitome of tropical paradise! With small hills draped in green plantations and striking cascades adding more vibrance to them, this city is a haven for those who seek adventure. Here, you may climb the Ella mountain and at the top, be amazed by the panoramic beauty that stares at you. You may even visit a local farmer and experience the authentic lifestyle of the natives of the region during a tour organised by travel agencies such as Walkers Tours. Think of coming back to Kandy via train, which will take you through awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Adam's Peak

The Southwestern portion of the hill country is where you'll find Adam's Peak – an iconic landmark of Sri Lanka. It is also identified as Sri Pada in the Sinhala language (the main language spoken in the country). During your Sri Lanka vacations, make sure you add the climb the Adam's Peak – at the end of this journey, you will be rewarded with truly spectacular views. Keep in mind to start your climb by night to reach the summit at the crack of the dawn.

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Kandy

Considered as the Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy is an extremely picturesque city you may come across in the hill country. It is the last stronghold of the Sinhala kings. The Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Kandy Lake are two of the popular attractions in this historical city.