April 2018


Journey to the Hill Country
April 2018




A mesmerising view of misty mountain tops en route to Nuwara Eliya

The temperature had dropped to 12 degrees and the mist was seemingly following our every move. Large raindrops splashed intermittently as we drove along the winding roads of the hill country.


Words: Udeshi Amarasinghe
Photography: Menaka Aravinda


Reaching misty Ramboda, the Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple stood atop the hill, the spiritual protection of Lord Hanuman evident as we approached. This is an important location of the Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka. Surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the central hills, the temple grounds are simple, yet exudes a spiritual calmness.


We ascended the flight of steps to reach the temple, a single building in pastel yellow. As we entered the sacred premises, the 16-foot statue of Shri Hanuman stood before us within the sanctum. It is believed that within the deep forests of Ramboda lies the location where the deity Hanuman landed in Sri Lanka in search of Sita millennia ago.


The massive statue had been chiseled from rock in Mahabalipuram, India and brought to Sri Lanka and was first placed on this site in Ramboda and the temple had been built around it. Outside the mist gathered and the clouds moved with the breeze enhancing the mystical feel. Within the temple, the statues of Rama, Sita and Lakshman as well as Lord Shiva have been placed. Many devotees from near and far especially from India arrive at the Shri Hanuman Temple to venerate the revered God.

As we entered the premises, the 16ft statue of Sri Hanuman stood before us within the sanctum.


With great peace of mind, we headed back to the road to continue on our journey. It was almost midday, but the cold and wet weather made it seem as if it was still early morning. From within the mist, the darkness of the Ramboda Tunnel was just visible; vehicles with their headlights on passed us through as we too journeyed through the tunnel. The Ramboda Tunnel is the longest (220m) of its type in the country and is located via the Ramboda pass. Admiring the beauty of the hill country, we wound our way uphill and came across one of the many picturesque waterfalls in Ramboda.


The landscape was out of this world with cliffs and slopes with pine trees and firs. Lush green tea estates came into view as we neared Nuwara Eliya, indicating that we had reached the famous hill station that is generally referred to as Little England. While colonial buildings still remain, the more modern structures have taken centre stage thus changing the feel of this once quaint town.

Come April the Nuwara Eliya season begins, take a trip to the hill country and enjoy all that it has to offer!


Gregory's Lake, a place for recreational activities, was still with movement caused only by the drops of rain. The bright coloured flowers of the garden stood out amidst the greenery. Families had gathered to enjoy the cool climate. Venturing farther along the road, we came across horses being brought out for their daily training.


The beautiful and colourful flowers of Nuwara Eliya precedes it's name and we were indeed fortunate to witness vibrant flowers especially roses in bloom...the perfect setting.


Come April, the Nuwara Eliya season begins; take a trip to the hill country and enjoy all that it has to offer!

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    Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda

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    The 16-foot stone statue of Shri Hanuman

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    Deities Sita, Rama and Lakshman at the temple

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    Ramboda Tunnel, the longest of its kind in the island, sheathed in mist

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    A beautiful waterfall in Ramboda

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    Along the Ramboda-Nuwara Eliya road, which captures the aura of the hills

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    An iconic scene, the beautiful tea fields of Nuwara Eliya

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    Lake Gregory and its garden are a hotspot for recreation in the hills

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    Roses of many hues, bloom in the cool climes

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