Kandy and the Tea Country have a fascinating history, central to the heritage of Sri Lanka and home to many of the island's cultural gems. The central highlands and its beautiful surroundings are an essential stopping point for those exploring this marvellously lush country.
Whether it is to visit the Temple of the Tooth or to lose oneself in the attractive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy, this region offers more than just vast expansive tea plantations and mountainside hugging, montane forests.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT KANDY & THE TEA COUNTRY
- Roses and orchids in Peradeniya’s Botanical Gardens
- Spend time at the Millennium Elephant Orphanage
- A pooja at the Temple of the Tooth
- Take the train journey to the southern highlands
- Visit a working plantation as it starts its day – still home to tea workers and their families.
Full of traditional bustling markets and small antique shops, Kandy offers more of a relaxed atmosphere than Colombo and after dusk the city seems to come to a complete stop. Travel by train to the cooler climes of the Tea Country and stay on a working estate or treat yourself to Ceylon Tea Trails.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT KANDY AND THE TEA COUNTRY
Over the past few years development has allowed a variety of accommodations and restaurants to flourish. The best place to stay is the elegant Kandy House where guests may be joined by chatty monkeys and exotic birds during their morning Sri Lankan coffee on the terrace and the peaceful Ceylon Tea Trails.
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Start in the dark and travel to the sacred Adams Peak to reach it for sunrise at dawn.