The hill-country of Sri Lanka is one of the more spectacular regions on the island. Flanked with tall mountains, shrouded in evergreen forests and tea estates, along with historical attractions, it is a kaleidoscopic wonder for all to enjoy. At least that was what I was told by my friends who have gone there. Curious to see it, I decided to take my whole family too.
I am pleased to say that bringing them along was one of the best decisions I ever made. From the rustic beauty to the historical significance, it was the perfect blend for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just some of the highlights of my getaway.
One thing that you will not get tired of is the diverse views of the hill-country. Every direction I looked was a unique scenery of the countryside.
However, it was at the World’s End, located in the Horton Plains National Park, that really made me and my family appreciate the vast beauty of the hill-country. According to our guide, on a good day, you could see as far as the south coast. We were not so fortunate though, but it was still a spectacular sight for all of us.
Since we were exploring the whole region, we saw similar sceneries in the towns of Wellawaya, Mahiyanganaya, Nuwara Eliya, and Ella. The hike to witness these sceneries made the experience all the more wholesome for us.
Incredible Mountains to Explore
The central highlands possess mountains that are challenging enough for the entire family to explore. In other words, you can add in that much-needed adventure time with the kids!
Some of the memorable hikes I did with my wife and kids were the Knuckles Mountain Range, Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak, Hunnasgiriya, and Moon Plains. The rustic trails through the tea estates, the interesting variety of wildlife roaming, the chirps of diverse avifauna, and of course, the unforgettable sceneries at the summit; the mountains of the hill-country offered an array of features that made us more connected as a family.
Interestingly, it was after these hikes that my kids really enjoyed the great outdoors. They have since reduced the time spent on screens and increased their time with nature
While the central highlands are filled with captivating landscapes and incredible mountains, it is also home to some monuments that are of great historical value to the country.
For example, we found out that the city of Kandy was actually part of the Kingdom of Kandy that existed during the 18th century. We were lucky to see the remnants of its former glory in the form of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Not far away, we also explored the ruins of the 14th century Gampola Kingdom as well, which was quite contrasting to what we saw in Kandy.
Similarly, we witnessed reminders of the British colonial heritage too, especially in Nuwara Eliya. The Nuwara Eliya Post Office, the Victoria Park, and the Nuwara Eliya Racecourse were just some of them.
Another very important feature that deserves to be highlighted was the hospitable environment in every place we stayed in the hill-country. However, it was at Ceylon Tea Trails that made the vacation truly special. Their services were a true embodiment of what Sri Lankan hospitality is all about.
Regardless of our ad hoc plans, they were more than happy to oblige to our needs. Whether it was to partake in a curated experience or just wanted to take a break and connect with the family, they were always there to assist us.
All in all, my family vacation to the central highlands of Sri Lanka was easily one of the best trips I had done since I got married, and most probably will be for a long time. The eclectic mix of all those elements make the region perfect for travellers of all types, which is why you should plan a getaway with your family too!