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Nuwara Eliya (nu-rel-iya, meaning ‘City of Light’) or "Little England in Sri Lanka" is a hill station in central province of Sri Lanka that keeps its colonial hill station atmosphere more completely than any place in the subcontinent. The outskirts of the town still keep the atmosphere of a misplaced British village, with hedges, rose gardens and red-roofed bungalows sporting twee names. It was a favoured stomping ground for the tea planters – the ‘wild men of the hills’ as one British governor called them. 

The old post office, the racecourse, the English country house–styled Hill Club with its hunting pictures, mounted fish and hunting trophies and the 18-hole golf course all somehow seem more British than Britain itself.

The Holy Trinity Church might have stepped out of any village in England but in Nuwara Eliya you can still see it with its Gothic architecture and eclectic collection of memorials, while the “pink post office” features a clock tower represent the British past.

The Grand Hotel, Hill Club and Golf Club also hark back to a previous era, where tea by a log fire, overlooking the lawns with topiary and roses, might be followed by a spot of billiards. The golf course is open to visitors.



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By train - The train journey from Colombo or Kandy to nearby Nanu Oya is spectacular. Easiest way to catch Colombo - Badulla train, Train Name is 'Udarata Menike'. Local buses run frequently from Nanu Oya to the centre of Nuwara Eliya. Three wheelers/tuk tuks are also present at the station.


By Road - buses can be taken from Colombo or Kandy. Be aware - road transport between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya is very slow. The journey will typically take five to six hours to cover the 180km. Traffic, poor weather or failing light can extend the time needed. Rail transport is about the same due to the old and meandering track.



By Air -The nearest  Bandaranaike International Airport at Colombo is the closest airport  to Nuwara Eliya. It is located at a distance of 180 km. Srilanka has only one international Airport. All major air-lines provide their service till Colombo.  After reaching there, one can use any comfortable mode of transportation to reach Nuwara Eliya. 

One of the most common and affordable way to reach Nuwara Eliya is through Air-taxi. The service is operated by Srilankan Airlines and is trustworthy. Scheduled flights are run from Colombo to Lake Gregory Waterdrome, connecting Nuwara Eliya conveniently.



If you are looking for authentic traditional products, Nuwara Eliya is a good place to visit.
The majority of the products sold are made by the local population. There are no luxurious brands to be found in this area.

For local handicrafts, silk goods, masks, carved figurines, sarongs and leather products, the city has a good selection of retail outlets with the popular Laksala Gifts perhaps offering the most reasonable prices for tourists. The Grand Hotel also offers a selection of shops; however, you can expect prices to be significantly higher here.


Sri Lanka's main grocery chain Cargills has a store in Nuwara Eliya and is the best place for tourists to find Western food, alcoholic beverages and pharmaceutical goods. Behind Cargills, there is a large outdoor market on Sundays which is aimed primarily at locals but also offers plenty of chances for tourists to pick up interesting and unusual souvenirs.


Victoria Park was established in 1897 as for the jubilee of Queen Victoria in completion of sixty years on here thorn. The park is within the city limits and it has become a must see location anyone who visit Nuwara Eliya. During the summer the park is filled with colorful roses and various flowers where you wont be able to see them in any other city of Sri Lanka.


Gregory Lake is located about one kilometer away from Nuwara Eliya town and built during the year 1874 by the governor Gregory. By stopping the “Thalagala” stream which starts from the “Piduruthalagala” mountain. It is believed that the main intention of building this Lake is to generate Electricity to the town. The water was taken away up to a place called “black pool” using a tunnel and has generated Electricity there.


Hakgala Botanical Garden is located along Nuwara Eliya ~ Badulla road (along Kandy~Ramboda) This place is 5581 feet high from the sea level. It is said that the King “Rawana” used this place as a herbal garden.

This place was started as a Botanical garden by British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites who was the director of “Peradiniya Botanical Garden “ in the year of 1859. Initially they grew “ sinkona” which was used to produce “ quiveenen” for malaria. There are more than 60000 species of plants have planted here. During the summer season this one of the most scenic places of Nuwara Eliya.


The word famous tea bush of Sri Lanka is 44 feet (13.4 meters) wide. This was planted in the year of 1840. This tea bush is located in the 7th division of “Gonapitiya tea estate”. You can evident this magnificent tea bush by traveling along Nuwara Eliya Raagala road and near the 17 kilometer post at the junction of Bruk side turn to left and travel 13 kilometers of this road to reach the place called “Gonapitiya”.


Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is one of the most beautiful places to be. The view of the surrounding mountains and tea estates will give you the best Golf playing experience. The facilities include Accommodation and Restaurant


Horton Plains is a National Park and the highest plateau in the island consisting of grassland interspersed with patches of forest, with some unusual high altitude vegetation. The Plains are a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent walks.

The most stunning place is the World's End, where the southern Horton Plains suddenly ends, and drops off to nearly 700 Metres, which is an awesome sight indeed. This is a favourite place for trekkers, as there are plenty of soft and hard trails.


Nilgaruda Stone is treated as very rear type of stones in the world. The Blue-Garuda stone in Sri Lanka is the only stone of Asia. You can evident the blue colour of the stone from the locations where some parts were removed. This stone stretches for about 4 squire miles most of it is beneath a rock. The “Garuda Oya” flows on top of this stone.

Adam's Peak - The Pilgrim Path is through Gampola and Ginigathhena and you will find the story of this old path carved on two rocks off the 28th milestone on the Nawalapitiya - Ambagamuwa road. The spot is called Akuruketupana and the inscription dates to around 1100AD. Today there are four other roads to the peak, the shortest being via Maskeliya and the most popular. Other roads are on the Sabaragamuwa side.


The Nissangala Lena on the road to Adam's Peak is believed the cave in the mountainside, where King Keerthi Sri Nissanka buried a great treasure, including his regalia. It is only after one passes this cave and enters the forest that one comes to the Sita Gangula, a holy river of ice cold water, where pilgrims bathe and put on white garments, before continuing their journey to the peak.


The first Tea factory of Sri Lanka and Games Tailor museumGames tailor is the introducer of tea to Sri Lanka during the year of 1867. First it was planted in the Peradiniya botanical garden and replanted them in 7th division of “Lulkadura estate” and this is the first tea plantation of Sri Lanka. He was treated as the first superintendent of Sri Lanka and the tea factory built during this time at the “Lulkadura estate” is treated as the oldest factory of Sri Lanka.


Waterfalls of Nuwara Eliya


Lovers Leap Fall is a breathtaking  water fall is located at Hawaeliya. Cascading from a massive rock this is 30 meters (99 feet) from height. This water fall is so much live during the rainy season.

There is a famous story behind this fall. A princes who went for hunting met a peaty women and they eventually fell in love. The parent of the princes was against this affair. It is said that both the princes and his love commit suicide by jumping from this fall and science the it is known as “ Lovers leap” fall


St Claire Fall can be seen along Avissawella- Nuwaraeliya road. This is 80 meters height. This is the widest and one of the beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka. St Clair falls get birth from the “Kothmale Oya” which is fed by “Dabagasthalawa oya” and “Nanu Oya” which is started from “Piduruthalagala mountain”. This flows through the St Clair Estate.


Devon falls are one of the beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Situated in the Nuwara Eliya District. The name is given as the falls is in the Devon Estate. It is 97 meters in highest.


Aberdeen Fall is situated in Nuwara Eliya district. This water fall is 98 meters in height. in the Kehelgamuwa mountain range. The birth of this water fall is the Kehelgamuwa river and joins the Maskeli river. The falls is cascaded in to several parts. To get the full view you have to see it from a distance.



Nuwara Eliya is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in Nuwara Eliya depends mostly on you. You can visit the Nuwara Eliya during summer and spring seasons as they are mild (for European Nuwara Eliyas Nuwara Eliyas). Or you can choose to visit the Nuwara Eliya during winters and enjoy sightseeing in the warm sun on a cold wintery morning! At most times of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Nuwara Eliya has to offer. For beach Nuwara Eliyas like Thailand: Nuwara Eliya is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in Nuwara Eliya is during the winter time. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Nuwara Eliya has to offer. During the winter time, you can enjoy the outdoor activities without getting dehydrated or feeling the pangs of heat.


St Andrews Hotel   does a good buffet, described as a "fusion" of eastern and western tastes.

The Hill Club  is a special experience which will take you back almost 100 years. But you must dress for dinner. If you don't have a jacket and tie you can borrow from their collection! Food is excellent and served by waiters in national dress with white serving gloves.

Indian Cafe in front of the Grand Hotel, the surroundings are a bit cafeteria-like, but the food and the service here are top-notch. You can try the kadai  chicken teamed with keema naan (bread stuffed with meat). Unlike a few other places around town, there’s normally an energetic buzz about the place. Make a night of it before or after brews and billiards at the bar at the Grand Hotel. From 3pm to 6pm the Grand Indian specialises in good-value samosas and tandoori sandwiches.


Milano Restaurant  has a reliable menu of Sri Lankan, Western and Chinese dishes and friendly service. Treat yourself to some sweet baked goodies and a coffee to set you up for the rest of the afternoon.


De Silva Food Centre is inexpensive eatery located along a busy main street serves Sri Lankan and Chinese fare. A few vegetarian rotti make a good lunchtime snack.


Heritance Tea Factory 
Ranked #1 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Langdale by Amaya
Ranked #2 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Grand Hotel
Ranked #3 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Midky Hotel
Ranked #4 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Jetwing St. Andrew's Hotel
Ranked #5 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Glendower Hotel
Ranked #6 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 The Trevene
Ranked #7 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 The Hill Club
Ranked #8 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Windsor Hotel
Ranked #9 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

Alpine Hotel
Ranked #10 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

Chantra Guest House
Ranked #11 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Galway Forest Lodge
Ranked #12 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Rising Lion Inn
Ranked #13 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Hotel Tanosa
Ranked #14 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya

 Collingwood Hotel
Ranked #15 of 18 hotels in Nuwara Eliya




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