Discover luxury hotels for Indian Ocean winter-sun escapes in Hill Country, Sri Lanka

This romantic region’s chocolate-box hill stations were founded on the success of the Ceylon planters, whose legendary hedonistic lifestyle is still evident in names such as Kew or Glencairn, impeccable racecourses, golf links, polo fields, and the whiff of wild mint and White Mischief in the air. Active types flock here for sublime trekking, cycling and whitewater rafting, or to climb epic holy mountain Adam's Peak. Tea estates offer more chilled-out thrills if you'd rather just kick back on the veranda with an elegant brew.

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