View across hills at Jetwing St Andrews Sri Lanka

Hill Country


Away from the heat of the coastal regions, Sri Lanka’s Hill Country contains some of the island’s most glorious scenery.

From the terraced tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, the Hill Country is a very special interior mountainous area, filled with beauty and charm. Watch out for monkeys in the mist-filled jungle, and the sounds of waterfalls nearby.

Just outside Kandy, we are recommending a stay at Santani for its peace, beauty and holistic wellness programmes.  Or, for easy access to Kandy, we would highly recommend The Kandy House.

Nearby, for golfers looking to play Sri Lanka’s best course – and one of the most scenic in the world – we would recommend Clingendael.  And there’s lots for non-golfers to enjoy too!

If you would like to enjoy the ‘essential tea trails’ experience we recommend Norwood Bungalow.

Useful information

Flight times


Time difference

Visa requirements


Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.

When to travel

Where to stay

exterior dusk at cinnamon citadel kandy hotel sri lanka

Cinnamon Citadel is situated on the edge of the attractive hill capital of Kandy, in a glorious riverside setting. Surrounded by sweeping green hills, often...

exterior at Randholee Resort & Spa

Randholee Resort & Spa enjoys commanding views from its hillside perch and is an excellent 4* option for those looking to enjoy Kandy and the...

Sunset at Amaya Hills Sri Lanka

Amaya Hills is a great 4* hotel about 7km from Kandy with commanding views and a good mix of facilities and services....

Exterior of Jetwing St Andrews Sri Lanka

Tucked away amidst the lush green hills of Nuwara Eliya, the Jetwing St Andrew's is a beautiful colonial mansion steeped in history and imbued with...

The Kandy House Sri Lanka

A beautifully modernised ancestral home, dating back 200 years, set in glorious jungle gardens 15 minutes outside Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka....

night exterior at clingendael hotel sri lanka

One of Sri Lanka's finest boutique hotels, the Clingendael is situated in the heart of the island in the Kandyan Hills beside a golf course,...

Norwood Bungalow Sri Lanka

The bungalow at Norwood commands a fine view of the eastern end of the Bogawantalawa valley and rests in the shelter of one of the...


Santani, which means "in harmony with", is nestled in the hills and rainforests in the heart of Sri Lanka. A wonderful place to restore your...


Experiences in hill-country

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