As the fourth largest producer of tea globally, it comes as no surprise that the rolling hills of Sri Lanka's southern central region are known as Tea Country. Reaching heights of nearly 1,900m the charming tea estates and plantations have been there since the 1800's, and have a distinctly British feel- each one with views out across the beautiful landscape.
Away from the heat of the coastal regions, the Tea Country provides a welcome retreat with its refreshing mountain air and spectacular scenery.
The capital of Tea Country, Nuwara Eliya lies in the foothills of the island's tallest peak, Pidurutalagala; and due to its charismatic, colonial architecture has embraced its nickname 'Little England'. Nuwara Eliya is a great place to simply relax, watching the women pluck the youngest shoots to ensure the best tea is produced, or to simply enjoy being in the countryside; even playing a round of golf.
Tea country is also home to Adam's peak, which although not the tallest peak in the country is certainly the most remarkable. Adam's Peak is a holy pilgrimage site for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians, as it is said to be the site where Adam first set foot on Earth on being cast out from heaven.
The region also boasts the impressive Horton Plains National Park which is home to incredible scenery, most notably 'World's End'- an escarpment that drops suddenly over 800 metres, as well as waterfalls, intriguing rock formations and an abundance of wildlife, some of which is endemic to the area.
Thrill seekers visiting the area will also not be disappointed, as there are some exhilarating rafting opportunities to be found along the Kelani River.