Sri Lanka's Hill Country and Tea Plantations

Sri Lanka’s emerald Hill Country boasts a plethora of rustic local villages set amid lush, rolling hills of verdant forests, with acres of scenic tea plantations overlooked by soaring mountains.

A true taste of Sri Lanka with stunning surroundings

There are numerous charming local villages to explore in the tea country, each radiating character and traditional Sri Lankan culture. Ella’s proximity to major attractions such as Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock make it one of the most popular destinations in Hill Country.

Wherever you base yourself in the Hill Country, this is your opportunity to taste the very best of Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea at one of the local tea plantations. The tea in Sri Lanka is rich and fragrant, and is grown up here in the highlands. Many of the plantations provide guided tours, explaining how the crop is grown, harvested, and readied for the pot.

Between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya there are hundreds of waterfalls, from cascading giants plummeting from great heights to the smaller, calmer falls. Some offer serene plunge pools that you can swim in, such as Ramboda Falls.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Executive

“Hiking is one of the main activities in the Hill Country, with many of the waterfalls and peaks requiring a moderate to long walk to visit. If you plan on taking a hike then make sure you have a comfortable, strong pair of walking shoes and a refillable water bottle.”


Destination Manager

“Make sure you stock up on loose leaf tea while you're here, it makes for an excellent souvenir.”