Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara is a cozy town located 6200 ft above sea level in the midst of the tea plantations of the central highlands. It was developed by British planters in the late 1800s. Nuwara Eliya is an area of great natural beauty and pleasant climate similar to that of Britain’s; this has earned it the nickname ‘Little England’. The town is most famous for its race course and world renowned golf club and is particularly well-kept and neat. It was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town which was adopted during the British colonial era.

Blessed with a salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery, it is hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is located in a hot and humid tropical island. The town’s main attractions include the golf course, the race course and pony rides, trout streams, Victoria Park and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. The town also provides the opportunity to enjoy Sri Lanka’s unique bird watching experiences as it is home to many endemic species of birdlife. It is a base for visits to Horton PlainsNational Park which is a key wildlife area of open grassy woodland. One of the distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya’s countryside is the widespread growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers usually associated with temperate Europe. This “Little England” is covered with terraces growing potatoes, carrots, leeks, strawberries and roses, interspersed with tea bushes on the steeper slopes.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

    • Take a waterfalls tour
    • Visit the world’s end
    • Play golf at the Nuwara Eliya golf courses
    • Visit a tea estate and tea factory
    • Visit the strawberry farms
    • Visit the race course for pony rides
    • Visit the Victoria Park
    • Visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens
    • Go boating or fishing on Lake Gregory
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