green tea plantations in Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya

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.

Hidden Gems

  • 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.



Top Attractions

Lake Gregory Nuwara Eliya

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 Plains

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.

Laxapana Falls

Laxapana Falls

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 Garden

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

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.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

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.

Top Accommodations

Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.

Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Jetwing St. Andrew’s

In a former colonial-style country house, this upmarket hotel surrounded by landscaped gardens is 2 km from Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, 8 km from Pidurutalagala mountain and 12 km from Hakgala Botanical Garden.Simply decorated rooms with wood floors and ceilings have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sitting areas.
Jetwing Warwick Gardens

Jetwing Warwick Gardens

Decked with plantations of liquid gold, the rolling hills of our central highlands have always been a sight to behold. It comes as no wonder then, that the colonial tea barons of yore naturally held themselves to the highest of standards known to Ceylon. Unparalleled in lifestyle, the pioneers of upcountry luxury reigned from their stately homes above the blankets of mist.
Stafford Bungalow

Stafford Bungalow

Stafford Bungalow is now open to guests to share the experience of living in this exclusive planter’s bungalow within a 50 acre working tea plantation. It is located amongst one of the finest tea fields in the world, in a private and stylish ambience. Rest and rejuvenate while enjoying the salubrious cool climes of the ‘Tea Country’, take a walk along one of the many trails that wind their way through the luscious tea bushes.