Nuwara Eliya is one of the most popular vacation destinations of the locals as most of them like to get away from the tropical heat in the urban area of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is very famous for tea and fresh vegetables and is usually the first thing people bring back from Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by high mountain tops, lakes and rivers it is one of the best places for a nice laid back holiday. Gregory Lake, Hakgala Botanical Gardens and World’s End are definitely places that you should visit when is Nuwara Eliya. Also don’t forget to drop by a tea factory and pick up a fresh pack of tea for yourself.
The Nuwara Eliya the mountain resort it’s a land of peace, and silence. The British tea planters created a little England in Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya was called the hill station by the English. This is a very picturesque location almost 1950 Meters above sea level with its soft English spring climate and is 182 km via Kitulgala, 82 Km from Kandy via Ramboda. The drive to Nuwera Eliya is beautiful winding through the mountainds covered with Tea plantations water falls. One of the unforgettable experiences would be to Go by train to Nuwera Eliya from Kandy.
The town is decorated with buildings of Colonial British era . The weather in Nuwara Eliya is cool The nostalgia of the empire builders is reflected in Nuwara Eliya. The town is decorated with buildings ranging in style from Georgian to Queen Anne. Parks, trout streams, an 18 hole golf course, the post office with the clock spire, the Anglican Church with a lych – gate, and the Hill Club, with its hunting prints, stuffed fish and polished oak.Trinity Church in Nuwara Eliya.
Attractions not to miss
- Go on a Hike to Horton Plains and to Bakers fall
- Visit Hakgala Gardens
- Sita Amman Kovil
- Visit a Tea Factory on the way to Nuwera Eliya
- Stroll round the Gregory Lake
- Take a train Journey to Ella or to Nuwera Eliya from Kandy
- Climb through the night up the sacred Adam’s Peak
- Play golf at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
Best period to Travel
End November to May is the Best period to Travel
Horton plains worlds end view and Bakers Fall
Clad in mist, located on a high windswept saddle at almost 2,134 metres the Horton Plains are an expanse of misty grassland, rare and beautiful plants, ice cold streams, and of course, the delightful baker’s Falls. The World’s End is the high point of an excursion to Horton Plains as it commands a most magnificent view in all of Sri Lanka. The sheer drop from World’s End is around 1700 metres, and on clear days the view stretches as far as the Indian Ocean. An exhilarating, beautiful excursion from Nuwara Eliya (27 km.) The trek is 6 km to the worlds end.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Hakgala Botanical Gardens site has a legend attached to it. According to the legend, it was the pleasure garden of King Ravana of the epic Ramayana.
Adams peak also known as the butterfly mountain is a 2,243 meters (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well-known for the Sri Pada “sacred footprint” on a 1.8 m rock formation near the summit.
The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, Ideal period to travel is December to mid-May. This is a challenge for a traveler and ideally climb should begin in the night and you will be rewarded with one of the finest sunrises in Asia. During pilgrimage season, the stepped mountainside is lit by strip lights and basic refreshment stalls. It is revered as a holy site by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. It has specific qualities that cause it to stand out and be noticed; including its dominant and outstanding profile, and the boulder at the peak that contains an indentation resembling a footprint. The climb is best attempted at night and at the mountain top, you may be rewarded with one of the finest sunrises in Asia. During pilgrimage season, the stepped mountainside is lit by strip lights and rudimentary refreshment stalls.
Other Hill country locations
Kitulgala is 85 km from Colobo and is the Best place for white water rafting The scenery is spectacular. Forrest covered hills, deep gorges plunging downto the Kelani River you may arrange a rafting tour prior to your arrival through us see more details in Sri Lanka thrills
Attractions not to miss in Kitulgala
- White water rafting
- Other adventure sports
Best period to Travel Kitulgala
End November to May is the Best period to Travel.
A health resort having a salubrious climate which attracts its visitors. Bandarawella is 4l lm away from Nuwera Eliya on the way to Ella. It is 7 km to Ella from Bandarawela.
A busy little town often covered in mist gives it a romantic expectancy.
Attractions not to miss in Haputale
- The grand colonial Mansion of Adhisham.
- One of the few remnants of the British Colonial, during which a Kentish gentleman built this magnificent mansion which is also influenced by post Victorian architecture.
- The Liptons seat – Named after the famous tea magnate.
- The Lipton tea factory founder was said to have bought the estate on which the factory built because he fell in love with the breath-taking panoramic view, which today is known as the Lipton’s seat, however the mist tends to set in during the evening so the journey up the lipton’s seat should be made early in the morning.
Dambatenne Tea Estate and Factory
10 km along the road, east of Haputale the famous Tea factory built by Sir Thomas Lipton. The factory is open for visitors where you can also get a taste of the best tea in the whole world.