Sri Lanka usually conjures images of sun-kissed beaches and cobalt blue seas. True, but this island nation is not just about the sun, sand and the surf. Sri Lanka also has its fine share of lush green hill slopes, cascading waterfalls and verdant misty valleys. Take a look at three beautiful hill destinations in Sri Lanka.
Billed as Sri Lanka’s Little England, this hill town still has not completely lost its natural beauty to the onslaught of commercialism and tourism. Quaint old colonial architecture and neat rose gardens hint at a quiet dignified past. The town is at its festive best during the month of April. Hordes of locals as well as visitors heartily celebrate the Sinhalese New Year and there are many exciting events such as sports car hill climb and horse races. If you would rather give the crowds a miss plan your visit from November to February. It rains a fair bit during these months and hardly any tourists are to be found.
Also known as Sri Pada, this delightful hill destination has a deep spiritual connection. There is a huge footprint-shaped rock formation near the summit, which is largely believed to be Adam’s footprint. However, the Hindus revere it as Lord Shiva’s footprint and the Buddhists believe it to be the Buddha’s. Adam’s Peak is a paradise for jungle buffs; the densely wooded hills here are home to a splendid array of flora and fauna life.
The serene and sleepy little hill village of Ella is where old world charm rejuvenates the weary visitor. This is a place to take it easy. A sojourn to Ella may very well be summed up as a package of leisurely strolls across tea plantations, discovering the beauty of spectacular waterfalls, exploring remote temples, and experiencing some rare hospitality at a homestay. Of course, regular hotels are also available.