Work the gourmet meals off with a dawn expedition to climb the famed 2250m Adam’s Peak holy mountain. The Peak has been an object of worship & pilgrimage by kings and commoners for centuries. Take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sacred city of Kandy or drive through the tea fields to Nuwara Eliya, an old colonial ‘hill station’ with its scenic 125 year old 18 hole championship golf course.
Though not the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam's Peak (2243m/7360ft) is certainly the most remarkable for its "sacred footprint". A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been venerated by Buddhists as that of the Buddha's, by Hindus as Shiva, and by Muslims as Adam's.
No visit to the Island is complete without a visit to the World Heritage listed "Sacred City of Kandy" in the central highlands. The Kingdom of Kandy was established in the 14th century, becoming the country’s capital city in the 16th century. Steeped in political, cultural and religious history, Kandy played a central role in the tea plantation industry once tea production took sway in Ceylon.
Nuwara Eliya, 48km from Tea Trails, was first conceived as a health resort - a 'hill station' in British colonial jargon - about 1825. After Nuwara Eliya was 'discovered' by a British hunting party, Sir Samuel Baker the well-known explorer, fell under its spell and, planning to make it his home, imported to Nuwara Eliya all the appointments of an English country town, including a bailiff, Hereford and Durham cows, and even a blacksmith and a forge.
Horton Plains National Park
Sri Lanka's highest plateau is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland at an altitude of 2,100-2,300 metres (6,900-7,500ft). Visitors can follow a 10km circular trek that takes about 3 hours.