A STUNNING AREA OF MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS, LAKES & FORESTSThe central highlands of Sri Lanka are a World heritage Site and known as the Hill Country. This is a region of mountains carpeted with lush green tea gardens, cascading waterfalls, lakes and forests. The Hill Country lives in a cool, perpetual spring, away from the often enervating heat and heavy air of the coastal regions or the hot dry air of the central and northern plains. It was the beautiful rolling hills falling waterfalls and stunning scenery that first captivated Sir Thomas Lipton who was so mesmerised by the area that he decided this was where he would grew tea and planted his first tea plants. The highest point is today known as Lipton’s Seat with spectacular views over some of the most dramatic scenes in the country.
Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the highlands and is an area covered by grassland and forests cloaked in cloud. It sits at an altitude of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft) and is rich in biodiversity with many of the species found being endemic to the region. The plains are the source of three of Sri Lanka’s main rivers – the Mahaweli, the Kelani and the Walawe. Visitors should venture to World’s End, Adam’s Peak and Bakers Falls, whilst wildlife in the area includes 24 species of mammals including herds of Sambar Deer. The birdlife is also good with some species being endemic to the Plains.
Nuwara Eliya sits at an altitude of 1,868m (6,128ft) and was first developed as a health resort due to the pure clean air and water sources in the area. Nuwara Eliya was discovered by the famous explorer, Sir Herbert Baker, along with a British hunting party and they imported many of the elements of an English country town, including a bailiff, cows, horses, a blacksmith, a forge, a post office and gardens for the houses. A golf course followed and for years the British colonists used it as a base for hunting, polo, cricket and other pastimes and it is now known as “Little England”. Today it is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka.
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