Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

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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



Tourist reviews about Nuwara Eliya

Cheap but delicious tea
Eva Y [TA], , Shanghai, China

You can drink black tea and milk tea. They are both good taste. And also can buy some for gifts. It is not expensive.

Beautiful part of the world
breezy22 [TA], , Sydney, Australia

We visited here as part of a 2 week trip in Sri Lanka. This part is so different to other areas, cooler, mountainous and stunning! Honestly is the best tea i have ever tasted too!

Beautiful and traditional
Shm00 [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Picturesque and very different from other parts of Sri Lanka - we felt like we were in a tea-growing version of the Lake District! But the altitude means much cooler temperatures and more rain showers, so come prepared (socks and a warm jacket as a minimum).

wonderful scenery
Snookystr... [TA], , Australia

This is a must see place in Sri Lanka, the scenery is stunning. We were going to take the train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya but ended up going with our driver. This enabled us to stop numerous times to enjoy the views and waterfalls and tour a tea factory. Well worth the drive.

Beautiful getaway
Rasmi S [TA], ,

Great getaway from the noise and pollution of Colombo. Freshest vegetables you'll ever have. Cold weather, so dress accordingly.

fresh air
joekepam [TA], , Jakarta, Indonesia

I visited Mackwood tea plantation and shop at 3pm last week...nice place with little bit busy and crowded visitor but finally I find place to take a fresh air with a cup of tea and piece of chocolate cake, great !

Breathtaking views, unbelievable atmosphere
Jeevan R [TA], , Orpington, United Kingdom

I visited Nuwara Eliya again after seven years in August 2014 and this time I appreciated it so much more. The steep climb into the hills, the tea plantations for miles around and the clean air were just amazing. This time I could see the waterfalls and trees and everything and I even got down from the car to admire the view. I have never seen such views anywhere and the roads are so much better now too, so the drive is truly enjoyable!

Super views and crisp air
Frankasca... [TA], , Dublin, Ireland

We live in Singapore and this was just what we needed. A break from the heat and humidity with lots of space. The views here are many and wonderful. Around every bend you see another waterfall and rows upon rows of tea bushes, its stunning. Its gets cold up there so bring a jumper and long pants and do visit the tea plantation open shops / free tours.

Really enjoyed the visit
Justine C [TA], , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Such a change of pace and environment to the other areas in Sri Lanka. We were amazed by all the amazing vegetables along with the tea plantations. We were there over a weekend so it was very busy with locals, but we still really enjoyed our visit.

Beautiful & Place to Visit
Arlene R [TA], , Brampton, Canada

We loved the weather and visiting the tea estates. Very peaceful,
quiet and very relaxing. The town was very busy with lots of traffic
during the day but the evenings were really nice.

amazing tea plantations
PossandBa... [TA], , Ballarat, Australia

visited tea plantations and they are very interesting. markets were good fresh flowers and nuts also vegetables and fruit.,

Great views
mininani [TA], , Madrid, Spain

Al around this area you will find lots of tea factories and great views on tea plantations. It's the better place to taste different types of teas and to buy excellent quality tea if you like it.

Integral part of a visit to Sri Lanka
Blackgeof... [TA], , Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

It rains a lot.. But then how else will you see the amazing green of miles upon miles of plantations, hundreds of waterfalls and a golf course in nuwara Elia that doesn't need a sprinkler system.

love the tea plantations
Lee67 [TA], , N yorks

Spent 3 nights here, should have made it 2.
Not a huge amount to do, and it was cold and damp in July. Tea plantations are excellent, Horton plains and worlds end worth a visit, but quite expensive. Excellent cheap restaurant s in town. Good outdoor clothing market so you can buy a warm jacket!

A must in Ceylon
FamilyTra... [TA], , Muscat, Oman

Very Informative, worth doing even with kids. No expectation or pressure to buy anything. Interesting to see both the old and new technology and traditional tea pickers.

Amazing views of tea hills
Natasha T [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Amazing views of tea hills
Not good journey if you get travel sickness
Great education on tea making
Lots of people asking for money which is very sad as it's a poor area

Heaven
taposg [TA], , Brighton, United Kingdom

The experience was unbelievable specially when you go deep nto the tea growing region. Green is beaitiful but so many different versions of green (fresh and matured tree) is stunningly beaautiful.
It was also lovely to see how tes is prepared, sorted and finally packed. Never knew that there are so many varieties of tea.

Simply stunning
Sharon M [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Stunning scenery - very green and simply beautiful to look at. Also, very interesting to find out how they make tea at the factories such as Mackwoods....given we English truly are tea drinkers!

A Must visit in Sri Lanka
SRUK2014 [TA], , London, United Kingdom

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.

You have to visit
samara_00 [TA], , Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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.

Nuwara Elia
Ali A [TA], ,

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.

Tea heaven
Jawahar74 [TA], , Nairobi

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..

Breathtaking!
Abeer Z [TA], , Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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!

Surprise After a Long Trip
Georges H [TA], ,

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

Nice nature
Filip981 [TA], , Varna, Bulgaria

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.

Beautiful
anntte [TA], , Derby, United Kingdom

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.

delightful
the_clerk [TA], , durham

We enjoyed our trip by car through Little England, We enjoyed the visit to the tea factory to learn about the history and process of making fine tea. We had a short train journey through the hilltops viewing the plantations and visiting a quaint little railway station. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Panoramic View
MigTravel... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

no words to say.we enjoyed to the maximum. myself & my family enjoyed to the maximum. it was a new experience for my daughter who traveled first time to Nuwaraeliya.

It's a beautiful place
Mithun K [TA], , Bangalore, India

Lovely hill station in the middle of Srilanka, with awesome greenery around, and nice people. Winters is a great time to visit this place, and go around sites like New-Zealand Farm, World's End, and some beautiful waterfalls.

How teas produced
Pauline33... [TA], , Exmouth, United Kingdom

this was very interesting how the tea is picked and what happens to it after its picked in the fields to the different sorts of tea.
The pickers work really hard under back breaking conditions on the fields that are done in slopes

Delightful
TAMember0... [TA], , Adelaide, Australia

Spectacular scenery. Naturally it is colder in the mountains but jeans and a light jumper is all you need. It is worth getting up early to watch the sunrise.

one of the coldest place in Sri Lanka.
sidtother... [TA], , Mumbai (Bombay), India

You have to get here either by train or by road, both routes are very scenic. Try grabbing a window seat & keep a camera in your hands, you will not regret the journey. This place is cold, you will find even the stray dogs with winter coat & people wearing jackets on the streets & on motorbikes. People are nice & helpful. You can stay at a budget hotel, try home stay, or try the resorts whichever you like. But this is a place where you would enjoy spending most of your time outside rather than in your room. Surrounded by hills, tea plantations, great to just walk in the town, lake in the middle of the town, small bakeries to grab a bite. & Horton Plains national park just an hour away, you can do it all in two or three days. Tea factories like many in Sri Lanka you can just go there to walk in the farm. With lush green forests & clear blue skies which transform during the magic hour of sunset. you will love this place.

Never leave out when travelling to Ceylon, plan two or more days for this region..
Rad28 [TA], , Prague, Czech Republic

Amazing landscape. Do not never ever leave out when travelling to Sri Lanka! This is the most representative part of the island. Dont forget to bring some pens or little cosmetics presents for the tea flockers, factory workers and little boys running around and selling flowers. The region is poor and little present from all around the world will make locals very happy..

Marvelous Experience
Mozin G [TA], , Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I loved Nuwara Elia the most in my trip to Sri Lanka,So beautiful and green. lots of tea plantation it's just amazing ,We visited the Mackwoods tea factory which was very interesting.

Breath taking
Valbeadle [TA], , Wheathampstead, United Kingdom

We loved everything about this area, the flowers, the views, the waterfalls amazing.Had lunch in a new restaurant overlooking the lakes and waterfalls beautiful

It is truly a nice place to go
Carine K [TA], , Dominica

I loved Nuwara Elia the most in my trip to Sri Lanka, it is actually called as little London with the lovely british designed houses and bangalos.

Very beautiful sight
537pennyr [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

Enjoyed myself a lot around here watching the beautiful hill sights covered with tea plantations and the weather is so comfortable. The weather is a bit unpredictable but it didn't bother me much. Most of the people don't speak English much around here but it wasn't an issue.

Interesting Visit
Andrew M [TA], , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

It is a must when in this area I suppose. We got there a bit late in the evening but it was still very enjoyable with lovely tea being served.

Little England in Sri Lanka
PriyangaC... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

The name "Little England" says it all about what you have to expect, it's cold, rainy, cloudy place most of the time. But don't be surprise as you will get blue skies and really nice weather. They says again Nuwara Eliya's weather is like a Lady, you can not predict what will be the next mood is :). Sorry ladies but thats what local says. Anyway, you have lots to visit in this beautiful place in Sri Lanka. specially if you are a Tea Lover. this is a must visit place in Sri Lanka. also there are lots of activities too. Trekking, Bicycling, white water rafting, camping, horse riding, boat rides etc. Don't forget your warm jackets though. It's pretty cold sometimes. Like 3 to 4 Celsius.

Beautiful and green
susiesqui... [TA], , Ashford, United Kingdom

We arrived on the train from Ella and it was raining on arrival. In fact it rained the whole 2 days we were there. No wonder so green everywhere. The town looked lovely as we drove through, would have liked to walk around and see it all. We visited the Mackwoods tea factory which was very interesting.

amazing
MarjorieO... [TA], , Cebu Island, Philippines

There're many tea plantations around Nuwara Eliya, and we chose Pedro Tea Estate because we wanted to visit Lover's Leap along the way.

You'll get introduced to the procedure of making tea and finally get to taste a cup of tea. Walk around the plantation and maybe witness the tea puckers.

The best part of the visit must be the strong scent of tea that hits you (really strong) when you enter the processing room.

Be warned that the sun may be searing if you intend to walk around the plantation so go well equipped.

Sri Lanka - Nuwera Eliya
biz38 [TA], , Grenoble, France

We appreciated the tea plantations and the beautiful landscapes. But the weather was really bad (rain) and it was really cold (15° celsius only in july !).

Nice English feeling and good shopping for winter clothes
jonkol [TA], , Stockholm, Sweden

Nice English feeling (including rain!!) and good shopping for winter clothes downtown. Just take a look around first... :-)

Great place for a tea lover
Ted13 [TA], , Cotswolds

Fascinating region with such a different feel from the rest of Sri Lanka. British micro climate and many throw backs to the Ceylon era under British rule. Well worth a visit.

beautiful views
Carolinea... [TA], , Genval, Belgium

beautiful views, pleasant climate, very different from the rest of sri lanka................. Highly recommended!

Must see in Sri Lanka
Raja G [TA], , Mysore, Karnataka, India

We visited this place in search of the Mythical Ashok Vatika of Ravana. This place is indeed heaven on earth. The weather is mildly chill in July, with mist all around. A trip around the countryside is like travelling back in time. We loved the sceneries and surrounding tea gardens.
A visit to Sita Amman temple is a must visit. Hotels are pretty expensive but overall worth the visit.

A real insight into the origins of one's cuppa!
Alison52 [TA], , Hampshire England UK

Nuwara Elia is not the most attractive town in Sri Lanka with a dusty main street and a few bazaars mainly selling fleeces! Good market - spices at excellent prices. The Pedro Estate offered the best tea tour. Really informative guide. Don't go at the w/e. Everything shuts down on a Sat. at midday.

Nuwara Eliya
Channa G [TA], , Brampton, Canada

This the best place for me to visit in Sri lanka. Nice Scenaries,Tea Plantations,Water falls, Weather brings me there every time I visit Sri Lanka

One of my dream destinations
Vimukthi... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

This place is one of the places I've been dying to visit and ever since the day i visited here I've fallen in love with the place. The weather, the atmosphere, the greenery & the properties are all just simply perfect. The tea country is mostly responsible for the beauty of Nuwara Eliya as all you see is beautiful green hills covered with tea leaves when you take the sharp bends towards the main city. It would be a shame if you dont visit a tea factory and have a nice cup of tea when you visit here as the staff in the tea estates give you a first hand guide to how tea is made from the plucking of tea leaves to the final product. My experience here was simply amazing and I would recommend this place to anyone.

Do not miss Tea country
Musleh S [TA], ,

This is one of my best trip in tea country and knowing Tea plantation and factories. My family and I enjoyed every moment of two days trip to/from Nuwara Elia. My sons enjoyed the tea factory tour and watching great farmers picking tea twice a day.

Very nice place
sabanis [TA], , Paris, France

A must visit in your first trip to Sri Lanka, visit the Tea Factory, try a cup of tea and enjoy the super view.

You have to experience the Tea country
winoNewZe... [TA], , New Zealand

The Tea country is a must, stunning scenery. The pickers and other people associated with the Tea industry are beautiful, and friendly.
We road through on motorbikes, an experience I will never forget.

Little England - sort of
macehill [TA], , London, United Kingdom

I got off the bus from Kandy and headed to Victoria Park to recover from the journey. This was a pretty convincing version of an English park in June so well worth a visit. I then walked towards the lake and on my way found the racecourse there which was interesting. There were a lot of horses running wild around there which clearly weren't race horses, they were slightly smaller than ponies in size. There were a couple of tuk tuk drivers that asked if I'd like to ride one. Given that I'm 6'3", I think it would be cruel to try to ride a horse that was less high than myself. The racecourse had been left to run quite wild and there were some boys playing cricket on there. I could imagine that in the old days, this would have been quite some place, however.

Nuwara Eliya town itself doesn't look much like England, unfortunately, but there are a few colonial style villas dotted all over the place and more so by the lake with nice gardens which are evocative of England. The climate is typical of May and June in England all of the year around, so would be a nice place to live, if the transport links to Colombo were better.

Quaint town and wonderful scenery
UndaraUAE [TA], , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

I liked Nuwara Elia as it was 'finished'. Due to the extreeme poverty in many parts of SL most buildings are a work in progress. This town is very pretty and the tea plantations are beautiful.

Beautifull nature
BartBrugg... [TA], , Evergem, Belgium

Nice place to drive thrue. The climate is fine and it's lovely to see the tea growing up on the hills. It's also nice to visit a tea-factory.

Feel the Real Nature
Alan C [TA], , Melbourne, Australia

you can feel Middle cooler climate when you go their..fresh air,,, tea states every where, you can go and see how does make it... sometimes they'll give you hot hot sri lankan tea,,,,, dont forget to go Nuwara eliya if you are visiting sri lanka, best quality tea products are cheaper than other cities,, I always love N'Eliya, it is not difficult to go, if you are going by train , you have to get off from Nanuoya Railway station and take a taxi to Nuwara eliya, it is less than 1000LKR i'll never go back to home if cant go to Nuwara eliya, Really nice,,

Lovely fresh mountain air!
Purplewal... [TA], , London

I always love N'Eliya, with its cooler climate and undulating hills with tea plantations. Its certainly breathtaking. Getting there is also a scenic route, but if you are prone to car sickness like me take some dramanine before you set off!!! The roads are pretty windey!

Travel back in time
dentons [TA], , London,England

Nuwara Eliya is a town full of remnants of English colonial history,including the golf club,the Grand Hotel and the Post Office. Despite its location it is really not equipped for tourists and we could not find a shop selling postcards. It is surrounded by tea plantations,most of which offer guided tours and a a free tea.

Little England
Nikki M [TA], , Gloucester

We loved this part of Sri Lanka, it was cool and colourful and like stepping back in time. We took a walk around the town and were treated to guided tours of the Grand Hotel and Hill Club by staff working there - such friendly people and respite from the heat of the coast and Colombo

Nice
mattis l [TA], , Adelaide, Australia

nice to see the well maintain tea gardens,very greenery and beautiful,the best Sri Lankan tea i test from NuwaraEliya,

Tea Country
Jude510 [TA], , Shaldon, United Kingdom

Much cold than anywhere else we when in Sri Lanka and although the weather was poor while we were there it didn't distract from the beauty of the area. Plenty of British influence in the old colonial houses to be seen.

Beautiful
Mary M [TA], , Sydney, Australia

Lush green tea plantations with very friendly locals who were willingly to show us how to pick tea and have a go at carrying their Very heavy baskets!!

A lovely place for a holiday.
Dilrukshi... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

Its so cool & beautiful after the heat of othe parts of the country, a must for any holiday maker from Sri-Lanka or oversees, stayed at the Ceybank Rest in Nuwara- eliya which is a great place & lovely food plus the service is excelent.There are so many places to visit & one is never bored, the Tea Estates are so beautiful,& most of the scenery is breathtaking, April onwards you get beautiful flowers all over.

Lovely area
woodentop... [TA], , dorset

Very mountainous and roads poor but a very different Lanka and one full of history and interest.
Not to be missed

Nicest place in Sri Lanka!
PD_Travel... [TA], , Gurgaon, India

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.

Beautiful ...has an almost Scottish feel
Wishdocbr... [TA], , Kuala Lumpur

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.

Impressive countryside
Andy F [TA], , Chippenham, England, United Kingdom

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.

Worth a visit
Voight-Ka... [TA], , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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 cool climate
Danotheki... [TA], , Christchurch, New Zealand

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).

Nice one
satheesh... [TA], , London

Free tea :) and end up buying few . Good marketing by giving free tea. Almost all tea factories now do the same I was told

Beautiful scenery
Drag0nfly... [TA], , Vale, United Kingdom

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.

One of lovely places
Samrong [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

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.

Tea Country
Neil H [TA], , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

We visited Mackwoods Plantation, a great insight into tea production. Tea and cake on the lawns was special

free travel
lons p [TA], , italy

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

super exprience
laura k [TA], , paris

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

nice cool hill country
Anita H [TA], , China

good for a change...can see lovely green tea trees. lovely views everywhere. highly recommended for the visitors to visit

Green carpet of tea
widarchit... [TA], , Singapore, Singapore

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!

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