Luxury holidays in Hill Country

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When to go

If you’re serious about a pilgrimage up magical mountain Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak), time your visit for the dry season, which runs from December to April. Avoid June and July if you’re afraid of showers. Generally, Sri Lanka has more than enough sun to be a year-round destination – there’s always a monsoon-free patch of coast to be found.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    It's a three- to four-hour drive to Hill Country from capital Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport ( Sri Lankan Airlines ( is the only carrier that flies direct to Colombo from Sydney and selected European destinations. One-stop operators include Emirates (, Singapore Airlines ( and Cathay Pacific ( Ask your hotel to arrange a transfer for you.
  • Trains

    When booking the InterCity Express from Colombo (+94 (0)11 243 4215/243 2908) ask for a second-class ticket to Hatton. ‘First Class Observation’ coaches are antiquated and a dodgem-car ride. Tickets are cheap as chips in either. We recommend buying an extra seat for luggage space.
  • Automobiles

    Four wheels are the simplest way to reach the Hill Country. Drivers are easy to locate or Hayleys ( can arrange tours and transport around the country. For a reliable local driver with good English and no brothers with gem shops, try Babu (+94 (0)77 679 9546) or Sada (+94 (0)77 766 4410).
  • Taxis

    Have your hotel order one for you as they're generally not found on the street. If you fancy a bit of shake, rattle and roll, tuk tuks (auto-rickshaws) are rife.