Nuwara Eliya is the world’s ‘Little England’ and the hill station of the British Ceylon. Its rolling hills, green pastures, and highland climate made it Sri Lanka’s favourite retreat of the British colonials. At an elevation of 2000 metres, Nuwara Eliya weather provides the perfect ambience for golfing, hiking, boating, and immersing in the ultimate tea experiences. Miles and miles of lush tea estates blanket the area, making it one of the best tea-growing regions of the world. The train ride to Nuwara Eliya from the city of Kandy is one of the most scenic train routes in the country. Nuwara Eliya waterfalls that dominate the landscape are not only spectacular but are also in abundance.
- Ramboda Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya.
- Galway’s Land National Park is the smallest national park in Sri Lanka.
- Seetha Amman Kovil has mythical rock face depressions from Ramayana tale.
- Moon Plains provides 360° views of the area from its mini World’s End.
- Pedro Tea Estate, set up in 1885, still operates 19th Century engineering works.
Best Times to Visit
Nuwara Eliya temperature range between 10 – 20 degrees and is an all-year destination. April is the local peak season.
Lake Gregory Nuwara Eliya
It is the best picnicking spot in the central hills. Boating on the lake, cycling, walking and pony riding, are available, while children can enjoy playing. .
Horton Plain National Park
Home to World’s End, the wild grasslands and forested areas have populations of sambar deer and purple-faced langurs darting in and out of sight.
Standing at 126 metres in height, this is Sri Lanka’s 8th highest waterfall. Buddha is said to have mended his saffron robe, here, on his way to Sri Pada.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
It is the 2nd largest garden in Sri Lanka, and its 10,000 species of flowers thrive in Nuwara Eliya climate. Ramayana mentions it as a gift to Sita from Ravana.
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
This 18-hole course built in the 19th century covers 100 acres. The club, one of the oldest in South Asia, also offers a kids academy, pro shop, and training.
One of the best-maintained town parks, it was established in 1987 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The park has flowers, birds and a miniature train.
Where to Shop in Nuwara Eliya
The Bale Bazaar, Franciscan Sister’s Jam Room, Mackwood’s Tea Centre, The Grand Hotel Shopping Gallery, Strawberry Farm, Jessica Factory are places to let your shopping self loose.
Where to Eat in Nuwara Eliya
Apart from the elegant hotels in Nuwara Eliya, places like Grand Indian, Salmiya, Grand Thai, Queenswood, and Indian Summer serve up sumptuous cuisine.
Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.