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'.

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  • 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. As of Jan 2013, there are numerous fee's and charges associated with visiting Hortons Plains. These are not documented in the latest edition of Lonely Planet which claims R100 entry only. Despite this, it should cost no more than R8000 for 2 people to hire a van and get into Horton's Plains to see World's End. This should include the van hire (R3500), park fee's for both tourists and the van itself and the hiring of a local guide. Gently question anyone who quotes more than this as it highly likely that they are attempting to overcharge you.

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.

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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.

Take a train trip from Nanu Oya towards Kandy. For the colonial experience book a 1st class ticket in the observation car. For an authentic local experience book a 3rd class ticket and hang out of the door of the carriage.


  • 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 at the Grand Hotel is a little disappointing. Un-enthusiastic staff, and a plastic appearance do little to enhance unexciting food. May be worth trying the hotel itself.

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