Travel to Sri Lanka II: A Treasure trove
In the second of this two-part series, Naveena Israni traverses the hills of Sri Lanka and sheds light on the country’s architectural, religious and cultural heritage
In our previous issue, we gave you general travel tips on Sri Lanka, followed by a tour of the beach town of Bentota and a walk on the wild side. Here, we’ll explore the Hill Country of this island nation, as well as its cultural and religious heritage. Our first stop is Nuwara Eliya, the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, situated over 6,000ft above sea level.
The seven-hour drive from Bentota to Nuwara Eliya is stunning as it is set against the backdrop of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. Every inch of the hills is lined with verdant tea bushes or terraced vegetable gardens. You could take a bus or train from Colombo or Kandy, but the route from Bentota by road shouldn’t be missed. Bear in mind that Nuwara Eliya does not have its own train station. The nearest station is Nanu Oya, from where you can take a bus or taxi. For day-trips, hire a car with a driver. To roam around town, tuk-tuks (three-wheelers) are easily...
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