Situated over 1800m above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka, and the heart of the tea industry in Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is blessed with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate, and is a good escape for those looking for cooler weather in tropical Sri Lanka at any time of the year. The peak season here is from March to May, particularly around Sri Lankan New Year in April, when local tourists flock here.
Nuwara Eliya is like no other place in Sri Lanka – and not only because of its cool weather. It was the prime sanctuary of British civil servants and tea planters in the early 19th century, and colonial landmarks from this era have stood the test of time here. Referred to as ‘Little England’ back then, the town still retains its British touch, and takes visitors on a journey back in time. The town’s attractions include golfing on a stunning course, fishing in trout streams, boating on Lake Gregory and bird watching in Victoria Park.
Nuwara Eliya is perfect for tea, and there are several factories and plantations situated nearby. You can even go on a tea factory tour to learn the entire process of how tea is produced, from plucking to packaging! Another attraction nearby is Horton Plains – which is the only national park in Sri Lanka which allows visitors to walk by on their own. The highlight here is World’s End, a sheer drop of over 800 m that offers breathtaking views. Hakgala Botanical Gardens are also worth visiting, with gorgeous roses, shrubs and tree ferns. Nuwara Eliya is a great base for those looking to ascend Adam’s Peak – the popular pilgrimage site located on a mountain.
There are several top notch accommodation options in Nuwara Eliya – we recommend Heritance Tea Factory, Stafford Bungalow and Warwick Gardens.