Also called “Sri Pada” and “butterfly mountain” Adam’s Peak is located in the southern part of the Central Highlands, about 40 km northeast of Ratnapura (the gem city) and 32 km southwest of Hatton. The mountain is situated in the Rathnapura district at an elevation of 7,360 feet (2,243 meters) above sea level. The summit of the mountain is a small plateau, and Lieut. Malcolm who was the first European to climb this mountain in 1816, noted the measurements of 74 ft in length and 24 ft breadth with a total area of 1,776 sq. ft. It is in the middle of forest-covered hills with a wildlife reserve along the mountain which is home to many species from elephants to leopards.
Adam’s Peak is a major pilgrim destination for the Buddhists as they believe it holds the foot print of the Buddha on a 1.8 m rock formation near the summit. The Hindu’s believe it’s the footprint of Shiva. The Tamil name of the rock is Civan-oli-patas meaning ‘mountain path of Shiva’s light’ and in Islamic and Christian tradition it is believed to be the foot print of Adam or that of St. Thomas a disciple of Jesus.Read More
Ella is a very popular hill-country village especially because it’s a place to cool down after your strenuous travels. There is a choice of some of the best guesthouses in the country together with some Ayurvedic massage treatment with medicinal oils to give you the absolute wind-down leisure at its best in every sense of the word.
A main attraction in Ella is the views through the Ella Gap which can be described as stunning because on clear nights you can view the glow of the Great Basses lighthouse deep down in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. You can also do your trekking through luscious tea plantations, visit the water falls, the temples and soak in the bountiful vistas of Mother Nature in its purest form. You can also enjoy some spicy home-cooked food in the various restaurants dishing out their specialties to satisfy any gourmet.Read More
Bandarawela Town can be reached from Colombo by bus or train. It is 200 km from Colombo and 30 km from the Badulla City. Travelling from Colombo would take about 5 hours via Ratnapura and Balangoda. It is the second largest town in the Badulla District. Bandarawela is a major tea producing area of Sri Lanka since colonial times.
Due to its high elevation of 1200m above sea level, Bandarwela enjoys a cool climate throughout the year and the surrounding dense forestation and foliage augment the weather making it quite cozy and comfortable.
As for heritage sites the Dhowa Buddhist Rock Temple is well known and is said to have been built by King Walagamba in the 1st Century BCE. It is on the Badulla-Bandarawela highway 6 km from Bandarawela. There are paintings on the rocks in the temple depicting folk stories of the Kandyan era. There is also a 12m Buddha statue sculpted on the rock. There are also a Roman Catholic St. Anthony’s Church and a local Methodist Church.Read More
The name ‘Nuwara Eliya’ translates to “City of Light”. It is situated in the central hills of the country at an elevation of 1,868m above sea level and enjoys the coolest climate in Sri Lanka. It was Samuel Baker the explorer of the Nile who discovered Lake Albert that founded this City in 1846. It was called “Little England” as driven by the climate, it became the sanctuary of British civil servants and planters of the vast tea estates with Ceylon tea being famous the world over. Consequently, many of the buildings reflect the architecture of the colonial period, such as the Queen’s Cottage, General’s House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, St. Andrew’s Hotel and the Town Post Office. You can see many old English-style lawns and gardens around private homes which rouse nostalgic memories of bygone years.
The town bursts into life in April coinciding with the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year as Sri Lankans in their droves travel to Nuwara Eliya to enjoy their holidays during this period. Festivities begin around 1st April each year which is done ceremonially.Read More