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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Places to Visit
Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada)
Streams of white-clad pilgrims from across the world pour year round up the thousands of steps leading to the top of Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak (2,243m/7,360ft), whose summit sports an impression in a rock said by Buddhists to be the footpri...
The prominence of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s highland capital and second largest city, rests on its role as repository of the famous ‘Tooth Relic’ of the Buddha, one of Asia’s most sacred objects. The holy canine is enshrined in the illustrious Sa...
Kandy and the Tea Country Experiences
Elephant processions are a speciality of Sri Lanka. Most temple festivals feature a parade of at least a couple of tuskers, decked in splendid regalia. However, by far the most dazzling, extravagant and visually arresting is the one held i...
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