Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

nuwara eliya sri lanka

Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka which is often referred to as ‘Little England’ due to its cold climate and bungalows from colonial-era period, is a must stop in your visit to Sri Lanka. It’s a picturesque city full of bright lights with scenic views by being overlooked by Piduruthalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Travel by passing through lush green valleys, gorgeous waterfalls, tiny streams, greenery gardens and misty mountains makes Nuwara Eliya a perfect holiday destination which is absolutely stunning and breathtaking.

It takes only few hours of ride from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya hill country town with a driving distance of just 160 km. While being one of the most eye-catching tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, this charming genteel highland community is also considered to be an important location for the production of Sri Lanka’s biggest export ; tea. Countryside of wonderful tea estates and factories here are definitely worth checking out. This is also a recognized market center for rubber, some European and local fruits and vegetables, rice and even fish!


City being sitting at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) above the sea level, Nuwara Eliya has a subtropical highland climate which makes it the coolest area in the Island. So be prepared and bring enough and suitable clothes to keep you warm during the tour.

Now let’s figure out the top most visited and beautiful, mind-blowing places to visit in Nuwara Eliya!

1. Lake Gregory – Lake Gregory or Gregory reservoir which is in the heart of the island with touching views, is a place where you can spend some quality time with your loved ones and enjoy boating.

2. Hakgala botanical Gardens – A well maintained Botanical gardens complex ( 2nd largest ) situated at the base of the Hakgala Mountain range, especially for ones those who love Roses and flowers with a pleasant and cool environment.

3. Hortan Plains National Park – A UNESCO Heritage Site, in central highlands with beautiful stunning hill environment, simply ‘the heaven on earth’ as referred by many locals, and a year round good hiking destination with a cool misty dynamic weather. This is a great and a lovely place to explore nature with rich high bio diversity.

4. Victoria Park – A public park, a quiet place with chilling climate, located in the Nuwara Eliya town with a superb maintenance with all kinds of flowers, beautiful fountain, grass areas and theme gardens, is a real paradise for kids. Even though the area is a bit smaller this is a great location for relaxing.

5. Moon Plains – One of the most famous Nuwara Eliya attractions where travellers can breath fresh air and relax. This is a deep valley with lush green grass in the center of tea estates, forest reserves, and mountains, with amazing breathtaking sceneries.

6. Lover’s Leap Waterfall – A mesmerising place with spectacular sceneries which is a must visit, situated in walking distance from Nuwara Eliya town.

7. Ambawela Farm – A little New Zealand located in hill country, Nuwara Eliya in an ideal location where you can learn how cow’s fresh milk production is going on. You’ll get a great feeling by entering into the green pastures walking bare foot on grass.

8. Seetha Amman Kovil – This is a place for those who believe in mythology. This place is worshipped by Tamils as this is dedicated to lady Seetha, who was the virtuous wife if Lord Rama. This is located near the Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

9. Galway’s Land National Park – One of the well-known and smallest national parks in the city of Nuwara Eliya suggests for you to visit if you love spending time amidst nature.

10. Pedro Tea Estate – A good place for a nice cup of tea, and for a very informative tour on procedure of finest pure Ceylon Tea production.

Some of the other mainly recognized, must visit tourist attractions here are , Hakgala Mountain range, Mackwoods museum, Ramboda Falls, St. Clair’s Falls, Bale Bazaar, Strawberry fields, Laxapana Falls, Kudahagala, Thotupola Kanda, Pidurutalagala, Aberdeen Falls, Bomburu Ella Falls and Great Western Mountains etc.

Most of the British visitors feel Nuwara Eliya as a much familiar destination, as is their homeland, because of the typical English environment here and the similar climate. Locals visit Nuwara Eliya during the months of March to May and August to September in search of cool atmosphere and some joy as these months are a bit warmer than other months to come here.

If you’re a cold weather lover, then Nuwara Eliya is a must visit on your tour to Sri Lankan hill country area!

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