Nuwara Eliya & the Hill Country

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Bandarawela and Ella are Hill Country towns surrounded by a blanket of vast tea estates.

The most famous Hill Country panorama is the evocatively-named World’s End in Horton Plains National Park.

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Located in the Badulla District of the Uva Province; Ella is a rather quiet place nestled in lush greenery. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella, is approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Colombo and offers plenty of fantastic sights such as beautiful waterfalls, the glorious nine arch bridge and panoramic views from Lipton’s Seat . Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka. On a sunny morning, you can even see the glow from the lighthouses along the southern coast.

You can reach the Hill Country by taking the famous railway journey. Train tours in the highlands of Sri Lanka are rated as one of the best train tours in the world. The majestic Nine Arch Bridge is one of the many reasons for that. The glorious Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara station is one of the engineering marvels in the early 20th century. Ella’s a few stops from Badulla at the end of the railway line that snakes through the Hill Country. Trains go to the capital of Colombo and the cultural capital of Kandy from Ella.

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Attraction (Places Nearby)

Nine Arch Bridge

Tea PlantationsThis magnificent Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara stations is just a few kilometres along the track from the Demodara station. This viaduct bridge built during the British Colonial period is the largest in Sri Lanka. It was built with blocks of stone and cement without any reinforcing iron or concrete. The tall [...]

Lipton’s Seat

Tea PlantationsLipton’s Seat is located on the top of Poonagala hill; this is quite literally the point from which the Scottish tea baron Thomas Lipton would often proudly survey his tea plantations. On a clear day it offers a spectacular view of the mountain ranges, lakes and valleys all the way to the southern coast. [...]

Horton Plains National Park

World’s EndDiscover the Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka’s highest and most isolated plateau with an elevation of 2,134 metres. The scenery that can be seen from here is considered to be the finest view in Sri Lanka. Here you can follow bridle paths for about 4 hours through mystic cloud forests and Patna grassland [...]

Train Journey in the Hill Country

Train Journey Experience one of the most breathtaking train journeys in the world. This train journey is recorded in the Guinness Books of Records as the one of the world’s best scenic train journeys. You can travel from Nanuoya to Ella through tea plantations and rolling hills on an old colonial train with endless panoramic [...]


Breath-Taking Scenic ViewsElla is described as one of the most breathtaking locations in Sri Lanka. Ella is surrounded by high mountains in the central hills and through a gap in the mountains you can see all the way to the ocean off the Hambantota coast line. This special gap with breathtaking views is called Ella [...]

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