An inspiring train journey, a memorable walk, and tea—the Hill Country, heart and soul of Sri Lanka

 

Sri Lanka’s über-scenic Hill Country is renowned around the world—a wonderland of history, mystery and romance that entrances the spirit and nourishes the soul.

No surprise, then, that travel website AWOL—“all about inspiring young Australians to travel the world”—has more than a few very nice things to say about it.

Such as “Sri Lanka’s hill country is a romantic meeting of undulating hills, dramatic vistas and never-ending tea plantations peeking out from under a blanket of mist.”

In fact they’ve made list of the “six essential experiences you shouldn’t miss. Add scenic train rides and countless opportunities for highland hiking to the mix and it’s obvious why visitors are drawn to this more temperate region”.

It notes that “the train ride from Kandy to Ella (or vice versa) one of the most breathtaking in the world”, including “the unforgettable experience of hanging out of the side of the train without a care in the world”.

It add that “train travel in Sri Lanka is a communal experience (and is also ridiculously cheap) where locals, wide-eyed backpackers and tour groups mingle, sharing food, smiles and good times”.

Also high on the list is hiking, including “treks made by locals and visitors is to Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, which is an impressive mountain towering over the landscape at more than 2,200m-tall”.

Buddhism is the heart and soul of Sri Lanka, and “the most sacred Buddhist site, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, offers a spiritual experience even for those who are not religious”.

Last but not least, our famed Ceylon tea evokes “the image of the colourful sari-clad women working in the verdant tea gardens is one that has become synonymous with Sri Lanka and is a sight commonly seen in the hill country”.

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