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Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka
Central - Srilanka
Nuwara Eliya
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How to Reach

Reaching Nuwara Eliya

From Colombo you can reach Nuwara Eliya via Kandy or Hatton. Though both the roads are narrow and bumpy you have lovely scenic views. Most public buses take Kandy route. You could also travel by train but it takes longer time than bus. However, then you would not have to face bumpy roads. The train would go to Nanu Oya and then you would have to take a taxi or bus.

Getting Around

Everything in Nuwara Eliya falls in walking distance. However, you can also use three-wheelers for getting around.

Travelling To Neighborhood

You can rent a car or take bus. You can find taxis parked on the left side of road from the temple to the market area.

Key places to visit
Horton Plains, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Laksapana Falls, Devon Falls, Victoria Park & Turf Club, Golf Club, Adam's Peak - The Pilgrim Path, Lover's Leap, Trekking and Hiking, Sri Pada Trail, Ceylon Breweries, Tea Trails


Places to Visit

Horton Plains

Horton Plains, the highest plateau in the island, has been designated a National Park. The park consists of grassland interspersed with patches of forest. Some of the vegetation is unusual high altitude type. Touring the Horton Plains you enter a beautiful, silent, strange world providing some very good strolls. Species found in Horton Plains National Parks include Leopard, Sambar, and the endemic Purple-faced Langur. Endemic highland birds include Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye, and Yellow-eared Bulbul. One must-see visit place here is the World's End. The Horton Plains shockingly ends here and drops off to nearly 700 metres, a thrilling sight. Trekkers love to visit this place.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

This garden was established in 1861 under the patronage of the British. It is located under the Hakgala Peak. Lying in the bracket of 5000-6000 feet in elevation, it is the highest set Botanic Gardens in the world. It has trees like English Oak, Himalayan Pines, Japanese Cedars and Cypress trees from California.

Gregory's Lake

British Governor Sir William Gregory built this lake in 1873. Visitors can go for boating and rowing.

Laksapana Falls

Origination from the Laksapana estate Laksapana Falls dives into the Maskeliya Oya. Camp down at Upper Glencairn, Dick Oya for viewing this fall.

Devon Falls

Devon Falls, named after a pioneer coffe planter, are known for sharply dropping 97 metres. It is located 6 Km west of Thalawakelle. Vintage point is located at the 20th mile post and parking facility is also there.

Victoria Park & Turf Club

Victoria Park, located within the town, is good for refreshing saunters and birdwatching. Pony and Horse riding is available at the turf club.

Golf Club

Nuwara Eliya, developed in 1891, is at walking distance from the town center. The club offers 18 hole golf course for a green fee of about Rs 1500. You can rent equipments here.

Oliphant Estate

First tea plant sent from China to Sri Lanka were planted here by Lawrence Oliphant which made his tea acreage soar to 100 acres. This fact alone makes travel to Oliphant Estate significant.

Adam's Peak - The Pilgrim Path

Story of the old Pilgrim Path is carved on two rocks near the 28th milestone on the Nawalapitiya - Ambagamuwa road. The inscription dates back to around 1100AD.

Lover's Leap

The point of Lover's Leap is located off the Nuwara Eliya - Kandapola Road. The waters are used to brew the famous Nuwara Eliya Beer. A story is associated with the place. It tells about a boy and girl who ended their life here when they were not allowed by their families to marry.

Trekking and Hiking

Nuwara Eliya offers right basics for thrilling games like trekking and hiking. Pidurutalagala (2550m), highest mountain peak of Sri Lanka, is located just north of the town. Hiking is allowed to the altitude of 7000ft. One can enjoy several waterfalls along the track.

Sri Pada Trail

Sri Pada is not only a trail but a pilgrimage to a summit considered sacrosanct the Sri Lankan people. This most popular hill trail in Sri Lanka to 2200m above sea level. On way you can enjoy panoramic views. You are advised to visit the summit between December and April.

Ceylon Breweries

Sir Samuel Baker commenced the brewing of beer in Nuwara Eliya in 1881. Continuously in business since 1884, Ceylon Breweries is one of the finest in the island.

Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails, located in the hills of in Central Sri Lanka, is more than 4000 feet above sea level. Four colonial era bungalows, built for the British tea estate managers, still boastfully exist there.

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