Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya:

* Hakgala Gardens 

* Boat ride at Lake Gregory

* Horton Plains National Park

* A trek to see baker's fall

* A trek at Thotupola Kanda

* Visit Seetha Amman Temple

* Lover's leap waterfalls

* Visit Pedro Tea Factory

* Ambewela Farm

* Victoriya Park

* A train ride on the most scenic route from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

* See St.Clair Falls & Devon Falls, two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka

Perched at an elevation of 6,000ft, Nuwara Eliya lies at the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, from where prized Ceylon tea originates. Established during British colonial times by pioneering tea planters, the city still bears vestiges of the period in its architecture and landscape and for this is fondly referred to as Little England. The cool climes of Nuwara Eliya with its cypress scented air, offer a welcome change from the warm, humid conditions of the coastal lowlands.

Although now a bustling market town, its colonial past is still very evident. Nothing exhibits this better than its iconic Victorian style post office, perched on a hillock at the town centre. The Hill Club, a somber, Tudoresque establishment, once a retreat of the planting community's elite is now open to all but certain codes of conduct are still expected within its wood panelled walls.

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, lies in the centre of town and is a most picturesque course styled on the lines of the famed St. Andrew's in Scotland. Just opposite the golf club, Victoria Park perfectly exhibits the English love of gardens with well manicured lawns, terraced landscaping and beds of colourful roses being the order of the day. On the outskirts of the city, Lake Gregory is a popular promenade and the Boat Club on its shores offers paddle boats for rent.

In April every year, Nuwara Eliya comes alive when local tourists flock here to escape the heat of the lowlands. The city takes on a party atmosphere, with annual events that herald the season including car races and horse racing.

A list of attractions and some of the best things to do in Nuwara Eliya;

Image of horton plains national park in Nuwara EliyaImage of lake gregory one of the best places to visit in nuwara eliyaSeetha Amman temple linked to Ramayana is a place to visit in Nuwara EliyaBaker's fall inside horton plainsHakgala Botanic Gardens in Nuwara EliyaSt. Clair's waterfall close to Nuwara Eliya

Best time to visit Nuwara Eliya is from December to May. June to October is the rainy season. 

Distance and travel times from Nuwara Eliya to some key cities; 

Distance from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy is about 78 km and travel time is 1.5 to 2 hours.

Distance from Nuwara Eliya to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is about 159 km and travel time is 4 to 4.5 hours.

Distance from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo is about 166 km and travel time is 4 to 4.5 hours.

Distance from Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya is about 169 km and travel time is 4 to 4.5 hours.

Distance from Nuwara Eliya to Yala is about 187 km and travel time is 4.5 to 5 hours.

For any other location you can use the distance calculator on the side bar.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for

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