A region of craggy peaks and lush, manicured tea gardens, Sri Lanka’s highlands form a striking counterpoint to its coastline, and no visit to the island is complete without a foray into the mountains.

Ample incentive to do so is provided by the area’s main city, Kandy. A bastion of traditional Sinhalese religion and culture, it is also the home of the most revered shrine in Sri Lanka – the Temple of the Tooth, where you watch ancient rituals being performed in a stately lakeside complex, as well as performances of local costumed dance, drumming and music in the evenings.

The region’s other attractions are mostly natural. Hidden among the misty rainforests of the foothills of Tea Country are several beautiful national parks, protecting areas of extraordinary biodiversity and some of Asia’s most striking landforms.

Weather in Kandy and the Tea Country

Jan–April is generally the driest period in the Sri Lankan highlands, though it can rain at any time of year. The southwest of the region, around Adam’s Peak and the Sinharaja, is officially the wettest on the island.

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