Hill Country
   

KANDY :

Sri Lankas hill capital 488 meters above sea level a most beautiful city home to where the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Kanda means in sinhala became Kandy for Europeans. The city is most visited place next to Colombo . During 16 th century Kandy is one of the powerful kingdom among Sitawaka and Kotte Kingdom during Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation. The Kandyan kingdom fell in to British hand in 1815. The last king Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe captured by British troops in 1815 latter controlled entire Sri Lanka until 1948.

The colorful Kandy perahera, homage to Temple of the Tooth is held the month of July or August every year. The cultural pageant with many costumed cultural dancers, traditional drummers and more than hundreds of decorated elephants parading city streets, a 2 weeks long glittering nights during the festival of summer. Ambekka, Gadaladeniya and Lankathilake, nearly 3 centuries old temples are 30 mts drive from Kandy.In 1867 first commercial planting of Tea and open first railway line to Kandy . The Kandy is home to many handicraft all with traditional and a unique carving of wood, Silver, copper, brass and ebony craft. Also famous kandyan lacquer work, handlooms and jewelry. Most upcountry farmers grow vegetables and rice in slops. The many varieties of fruits the Avocado, durian and Jackfruit are delicious.

Attraction: Temple of the Tooth, Udawatta Kelly Sanctuary, man made Kandy lake, Victoria dam,Peradeniya Botanical garden, Tea museum at Kandy, Kandy Art and craft centre,

Dist from Colombo 116 km from Nuwareliya 77 km and from Sigiriya 92 km.

 

NUWARAELIYA:

The cool and picturesque Nuwaraeliya situated at the foothills of highest mountain Pidurutalagala (2524 mts) is 1400 mtrs above sea level is most famous for its tea plantation. Earlier Dutch East India Company, introduced the Coffee and latter blighted the plantation but changed to the tea in the 1860 by British administration.

The Royal Golf course (19 hole), red bricked villas and bungalows are rich in Georgian architecture and well groomed parks and lawns creating an English country side look. Horton plain peak wilderness is about 29 km away and not to miss. Nuwaraeliya and its surroundings is home many and famous high grown tea estates and get chance to visit tea processing factories to smell fresh aroma and buy few kilos of tea to take home.

Farmers grew upcountry vegetables and potatoes in the slopes in mild weather condition

Attractions: Sita Amman kovil, beautiful waterfalls a Lovers Leap, Hakgala Botanical Garden , Horton Plain peak Wilderness, Visit Loolecondera Tea estate the first tea plantation by Scotsman James Taylor in 1867.

 

RATNAPURA:

The city of gems most precious and valuable stones can found faddy fields and many people are busy to get the stones by digging the pits, but lucky guys only can find ruby's, Blue sapphires, moonstones and garnets etc,.Most of the paddy fields, canals banks are d and make pits to search for gems. Tea and Rubber grows in low country weather climate. The Adams peak is close Ratnapura. Peak is famous for Buddhist pilgrims to worship footprint of Buddha and watch sacred sunset, the season is January to April to pilgrim to the peak. ig

 

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