At an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level and with velvety green mountains surrounding it Nuwara Eliya is one of the most picturesque destinations in Sri Lanka. This mountain station is popular for the tea plantations around the area as well as the influence of colonialism in the town.
Located in the heart of the local tea industry the English planter sought this destination as their base mainly because of its salubrious climate and scenic setting. Made in to a little English village by the Britishers the city today still portrays the typical setting of an old English countryside.With various interesting attractions in the area and most of the colonial lodgings being converted to hotels and guesthouses Nuwara Eliya is a much sought after holiday destination by locals as well as foreigners. Attractions in and around Nuwara Eliya include, the picturesque Gregory`s Lake which is located in the town itself and which offers boating and rowing options and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, located about 10km from the town it`s elevation of 5000 - 6000 feet makes it the only Botanical Garden in the world boasting such a high altitude. Among some of the rare plants the Garden boasts is a 100 year old Monterey Cypress (Macrocarpa) which is a species of cypress endemic to the Californian Central Coast. For the sport and adventure lover the city itself features a dramatically set 18-hole golf course with an old English style club house, and for those willing to venture out further the ideal explorations are the Horton Plains National Park which boasts rare flora and fauna as well as excellent hiking and walking trails and the tough climb of the Pidurutalagala which is the highest mountain peak in the Island. For scenic explorations there are a range of attractive waterfalls each featuring its own unique cascade, scenic tea plantations to explore and various picnic spots for relaxation.
MOST POPULAR HOTELS IN Nuwara Eliya
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Harking back to Colonial times Jetwing St. Andrew`s is a quaint old mansion that now functions as a hotel. The atmosphere is warm, a great counter to ...
From $125 per night
The Grand Hotel is a well known, respected and popular hotel in Nuwara Eliya. It is a landmark in Sri Lanka`s upcountry region with its well manicured...
From $108 per night
The Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya is where old school tradition meets the modern traveller. Founded by planters of English or Scottish origin as a club ho...