Sri Lanka consists of the central highlands that are a short drive away from the coast. This mountain massive which is home to some of the most amazing views and scenic locations in the country are not to be missed by a traveler to the country. Drive into the highlands from Kandy or the southern hills side of Wellawaya and discover Sri Lanka at its most dramatic: a land of amazing mountain streams and steep hillsides cloaked in luminous green tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya, one of the highest hill stations in Sri Lanka, was made into a summer retreat by the British in the early 1800s and much of its colonial character still remains.
Dickoya, Bandarawela, Haputale and Ella are all quaint hill country towns and villages where life is peaceful and unhurried. Those who have travelled this uphill journey by train will confirm that it is one of the most enchanting train journeys you can experience. The undiscovered hills of Knuckles is home to many endemic species of birds, reptiles and amphibians. It has also been names a UNESCO World Heritage site. The climate in the hill country of Sri Lanka is one of the most pleasant in the island. Its cool temperature as you go up the hills can be quite cold at times and unexpected by most foreign travelers. Ranging from 10 Celsius in the nights to around 24 Celsius during day in places like Nuwara Eliya you do get to enjoy some good weather throughout most of the year.