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Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya is a city in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. Its temperate climate gives the city a very different feel from other parts of the country and, along with the colonial architecture, has earned it the name 'Little England'.

Get in

By train - the train journey from Colombo or Kandy to nearby Nanu Oya is spectacular. Local buses run frequently from Nanu Oya to the centre of Nuwara Eliya. Three wheelers/tuk tuks are also present at the station.

By bus - buses can be taken from Colombo or Kandy.

Get around

The town centre is small enough to walk around. To visit sites further afield, take a bus or hire a three-wheeler.


Haggala Botanical Gardens are very impressive and a short bus ride away.

Pedro Tea Factory offers fascinating tours. In the hills nearby there are paths through the tea plantations to wander along.

"Hortons Plains and World's End" Offer fascinating walks though this temperate mountain environment, with an 800m vertical drop to be found at World's End.

Within the town itself there are a number of interesting sights. The Post Office is a very unusual building - a remnant of the colonial era. Victoria Park nearby is a pleasant place to spend an hour or so, with an astonishing variety of plants, ranging from tropical rain forest to English country garden.

The mountains in the central province of Sri Lanka and near to Nuwara Eliya are adorned with many picturesque waterfalls including Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls, Baker's Falls, St. Claire's Falls, Ravana Ella, Bambarakanda Ella, Aberdeen Falls, Laxapana Falls, The Lovers Leap, and Bridal Falls.


Take a walk up through the tea plantations south-west of the town to the top of Single Tree Mountain for a splendid view over Nuwara Eliya. From the hill top you can walk north for a couple of kilometres along the ridgetop to a nearby village and get a tuc-tuc/three-wheeler or walk back to town from there.

For more sightseeing you can visit Victoria Park and Hakgala Gardens. Lake Gregory lies less than a mile from the centre of town and offers a splendid and peaceful environment for sightseeing and boating. Boats can be hired from the area.

You can also explore the tea plantations and factories and stay at one of the colonial bungalows near the plantations for easy access and special tours.

Playing golf is also an option, along with heading to the racecourses (the only proper ones you'll find in Sri Lanka). These are both traditions left over from the colonial era.





There are a number of accommodations in Nuwara Eliya, which makes exploring the city's wildlife and architecture more convenient.

  • Craig Bank, No: 48, Water Field Drive, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, +94 77 7005500, [1]. Situated just above Nuwara Eliya town, Craigbank is a villa set within magnificent gardens that overlook the golf course and rolling hills. Ideal for groups of families and friends who will love its privacy and secluded yet central location, Craigbank offers its visitors both convenience and calm. Designed by a Frenchman, the villa's European styling blends perfectly with the property's colonial atmosphere which harks back to a former era. .
  • Galway Forest Lodge, [2], No. 89, Upper Lake Road, Havelock Drive, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, Tel. No.:+94 (0)52 2223739. Has 52 deluxe rooms in various color themes, with dining and recreational facilities, and tour arrangements.
  • The Tea Factory Hotel, [3], The Tea Factory Kandapola, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka., Tel. No.:+94 052 2229600. Email: [email protected] Fax : +94 052 2229606. Colonial style rooms with views of the surrounding tea plantations. All the rooms come with rain showers and bathtubs with hot water.
  • King Fern Cottage, 203/1A St Andrew's Drive, Nuwara Eliya, 077 358 6284. Very welcoming budget guesthouse with a friendly owner, large sized rooms with incredibly comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot water.

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