Legend says ancient kings of Gampola Kingdom established by the great King Buvanekabahu IV. (1341–1357) when threatened by enemies used to hide among in the inaccessible terrain around Pussellawa and Kotmale. These inaccessible terrains later became the world best known Tea Plantations.
The beginning of the Hill country, Pussellawa is 16 km from Gampola on A5 Nuwara Eliya road and has an elevation of nearly 2,800 feet (850 m) that makes the climate cool and surroundings can go under the mist during late evenings. Pussellawa Rest House was a popular stop with the early travellers, who rested prior to passing through the difficult mountains at Ramboda Pass onto Nuwara Eliya. The nearest Railway station is located in Gampola.
Around the town are a number of Tea Plantations, Tea Factories, Streams, Waterfalls. Kothmale Dam, Places of worship that could be visited conveniently by the modern traveler.