Nuwara Eliya , meaning "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light", is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.
The city was founded by non other than illustrious Samuel Baker,the legendary discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Such was the salubrious climate that in no time Nuwara Eliya became the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also the ideal hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting,elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, today the whole district is visited by native travelers, specially during the month of April, the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rally.
Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these landmark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.
Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature changes and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C. In the winter months it is quite cold at night, and there can even be frost. although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day.
Recommended review time for sightseeing: 20 m
The views are breath taking, its a peaceful and lovely part of the country, if you would like to have a relaxing holiday and explore. Great walks, beautiful gardens and lots of little places to see.
A complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of colombo.
If you are traveling to Sri Lanka, you should not miss this place. It is the best place to be in. The weather, Green nature, water falls and quite.
This was my 3rd visit...but every time I come, it's like my first time....refreshing and relaxing.
I strongly recommend that couples, newly wed, familes, and retirees visit it and enjoy it.
everyone in this world must have tries Ceylon tea.. if you have not then you must do so.. Finally i managed to come and see the place where its grown. the highest peak of Sri Lanka is in this area and its rally a beautiful Hill station you wanna come and chill out..
A beautiful place which offers you scenic and panoramic views. People are very friendly and helpful. Lots of tea plantations and it just seems like a heaven on earth. If you are going to Sri Lanka then Nuwara Eliya is a must visit city!
After around 8 hours by car, tasting different types of tea on the road you finally reach a hotel in a high mountain region. the surprise is that the hotel is amazing from the moment you arrive, from the welcoming staff, to the cleanings of the room to the tasty food and the good Spa. if you go to Sri Lanka you must visit this hotel
Beautiful views and surroundings. Try to see the teapluckers in action and walk a little through the tea plantations. The tea factory is interesting to see because on a normal working day they also work.
Amazing views. We travelled with our your guide in a 7 sweater and got to see some amazing views of the tea plantations and the women at work. Well worth a visit.
It's the most scenic place in Sri Lanka. If I had to go to one place in Sri Lanka do visit Nuwara Elia. Beautiful place! Try to visit one tea estate if you can.
We did cycling at the Gregory Lake for an hour and had some fries by the street-side they were amazing.
Enjoyed the scenery, the lakes and the tea plantations, Loved the Old world ambiance about the entire place. People were friendly , the weather cool and pleasant. Great place to chill out.
Unfortunately we arrived during the rainy session. There were landslips and rock falls. As a result we were advised not to travelt o World'sEnd. Nevertheless we had a great time.
The journey up into, and out of, the tea country is very enjoyable. Some fabulous views, and every square inch of hillside covered in tea bushes.
Very interesting to see how much work goes into something we take for granted every day. Gorgeous countryside with great views around very bend.
Nice place to spend a few days amongst the tea plantations and to get away from the heat of the rest of SrimLanka. I cycled to a tea factory then up a hill towards a waterfall(which didn't have much water flowing).
Free tea :) and end up buying few . Good marketing by giving free tea. Almost all tea factories now do the same I was told
The drive up to the highlands is wonderful, if a little scary! You see everything from coconuts to rubber ducks being sold on the side of the road. The hills, mountains,waterfalls and tea plantations are amazing, definitely worth the drive.
Nuwara Eliya is no doubt a must see in Sri Lanka. The journey to the place itself is filled with very nice lush green hills, beautiful water falls and tea plantation scenes. There are also factories on the way and they have arrangements for visitors also.
The weather tends to be cooler here, which can be around 16-18 celcius during mid day time (Aug-Sep). The place has plenty of hotels and restaurants, But, it becomes a bit expensive during holidays or long weekends (with Poy Day). Its better to use some travel agent or book the hotel in advance.
There is one nice small Lake also situated here just beside horse ride club. Pony horses are all around and quite an attention for visitors.
We visited Mackwoods Plantation, a great insight into tea production. Tea and cake on the lawns was special
there are three tea factory's i visit.but labukale tea is very good.tea was very tasty.service good.the chock let cake was amazing
i visited my family with nuwara eliya .nuwara eliya like England.most of building very old .nice restaurant , vegetable markets and fruits market middle of city.cool weather
good for a change...can see lovely green tea trees. lovely views everywhere. highly recommended for the visitors to visit
Perfect example of the journey itself being worth the travel. Luckily we managed to stay the night but it was the journey from Kandy that was a truly memorable one!