Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, 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 city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is also known for the temperate, cool climate, the city is known for being the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

The Gregory Lake

Gregory lake is located about one kilometer away from Nuwara Eliya town. It was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the vistors used to come here and spend some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time. It’s a beautiful experience to see the sun set at one end and the lake at another. It’s a breathtaking view. You can also go boating and rowing. You can go for horse riding around the lake.

Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya

The Queen Victoria Park is located by the Nuwara Eliya City center and one of the must visit attraction. This park was name to commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. The park covers 27 acres of land. Victoria park is a place to relax and enjoy the natural sights and clean mountain air. This place is famous for bird watching where bird lovers would spend long hours.  There are large verities of plants and trees available. Victoria park come alive with the flowers. Kids will love this place because there are plenty of room to play.

Ambewela Farms

The lush green grass and surrounding hillside is similar to NZ. A visit to this farm would be interesting for anyone who has never visited a dairy farm before.

Devon Falls

Devon, named after pioneer coffee planter. The best view is from Dimbula where a special viewpoint is located with parking facilities. On the other side of the road is the famous Mlesna Tea Center where you could have a fresh cup of tea could be had. Almost Everybody who travels on this road to Nuwara Eliya is bound to at least break rest here before continuing the journey.

Hakgala Botanical Garden

Hakgala botanical garden  is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya .Which has about 10,000 species of plants. it was established in 1861 for the purpose of experimentation and promotion of cinchona cultivation in Sri Lanka. once after the tea replace the cinchona, it was turned into an experimental tea cultivation. in 1884 it transformed to a garden since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens. now the garden is famous for number of species of orchids and roses.

Horton Plains

A place rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic. Horton plains was designed as a national park in 1988. Just 32 km from nuwaraeliya which is best for bird watching.the shear precipice of worlds end and bakers falls are among the tourist attraction of the park. The 2,854 Feet drop called as the world’s end and The bakers fall at a hight off 66 feet is the beauty of nature.

Labookellie Tea Estate

Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in an international travellers itinerary providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea. The Labookellie Tea Centre which has for long been a popular land mark amongst both locals and tourists to Nuwara-Eliya from Kandy for their requirements of garden fresh high quality Labookellie Tea. This Tea Centre has been expanded and refurbished to give its many visitors & customers better service in a more comfortable setting. Mackwoods provides visitors with a free guided tour of Labookellie tea factory, an educational experience in the tea cultivation and manufacturing process.

Lover's Leap

The whole world loves lovers. Especially if they leap off a precipice to a rocky death in the name of their love. As did a young prince and the girl he loved when the soldiers of the king, tried to drag him back to the palace by force. The two lovers embraced for one last time, held hands and jumped off the mountain of Pidurutalagala. History does not record their names, but since that fateful escapade the waterfall nearby is called Lover's Leap. To this day, every drop of water that cascades down the sloping rocks to the pool below is a eulogy to their undying love. This is off the Nuwara Eliya - Kandapola Road. The waters are taken to brew the famous Nuwara Eliya Beer.

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

Proud of its century old heritage hidden amidst tea estates and misty hills, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is a favourite destination among keen golfers as well as beginners who come on holiday to the hill station. The 18-hole Golf Course and its Club House has a members club while visitors are welcome at all times. Boasting of one of the finest Golf experiences, the Golf Club offers accommodation as well as dining options while the bar and lounges are open to visitors as well. Dress codes and Golf standards should be adhered at all times. Golf Course is probably one of the most scenic and challenging Golf Courses in the world. Play golf in Nuwara Eliya and you’ll be transported back in time a hundred years to Sri Lanka’s colonial days. At times you might even feel like you’re in the Scottish Highlands. Built by British servicemen in 1889, the hill-country course is exceptionally beautiful.

Pedro Tea Estates

Pedro Tea Estate at Boralanda, 3 km away, still uses some original machinery & is less commercialized than other estates. There are some very pleasant walks through the plantations here, especially down to the tank and to Borburu Ella.

Ramboda Falls

Ramboda Ella is located by the Pussellawa, the A5 main road(Pussellawa- Nuwara Eliya road). Ramboda falls consists of three sections. You will get a good view of the middle section from the A5 main road, just above the bridge. This is very small with compared to other parts. You can get a far view of the top part from the main road, but not the complete view of the fall. You need to climb up to see the top part of the Ramboda falls and there is a pathway just before the bridge. You may find the climbing bit difficult, but you will be compensated with the great view of the top fall and the surrounding. The bottom part of the Ramboda falls is located under the bridge. You can get a side view of this lower part from main road (close to the tunnel entrance). If you need to see the full section of the bottom fall, you need to walk down from there to reach the lower waterfall. This is call Ramboda basin.

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