Nuwara Eliya, is located at a distance of 180km into the central highlands from the capital city of Colombo in the western coast
Reaching Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya can be reached by main Colombo-Kandy (A1) & then by Peradeniya-Badulla (A5) main road. The nearest railway station to Nuwara Eliya is at Nanu Oya (5km) of Colombo-Badulla main highland railway line.
At an altitude of 1800 m, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s highest town is set amidst rings of hills covered with seamless plantations of tea.
Special significance of Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, the tea capital of Central Highlands, is the prime tea growing district of Sri Lanka. Moreover, Nuwara Eliya is the premier holiday resort of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka among the foreign tourists as well as Sri Lankan tourists. During the months of April (all flowers in full bloom), August, Nuwara Eliya gets onto its good form: festivals ranging from sport car races to pony races and fairs.
Nuwara Eliya has a range of accommodation options ranging from old colonial bunglows converted into top end hotels to mid-range hotels and guest houses.
Nuwara Eliya Town
Nuwara Eliya town encompass sites of little joys: Victoria park, Nuwara Eliya golf course, Lake Gregory, racecourse and Single Tree Mountain. The well maintained 27acre Victoria Park is a mini ornithological hot spot regularly visited by emigrant birds: Kashmir flycatcher, Indian blue robin and pied thrush. Among the birds of Sri Lanka you would see there are Sri Lanka white-eye, yellow-eared bulbul and the dull-blue flycatcher.
Nuwara Eliya golf course
Nuwara Eliya‘s neatly maintained lovely sylvan golf course is situated opposite the park. Spread over 90 acres, the 18 holes golf course has been famous venue in Asia since the colonial era.
Nuwara Eliya race course
Nuwara Eliya race course where the one and only horse racing event of Sri Lanka is held draw in Sri Lanka’s well-to do crowd from Colombo.
Beyond the racecourse is Lake Gregory, which would soon operate luxury river boats.
Single tree Mountain
A short walk from race course takes you to the Single Tree Mountain, a vantage location that affords bird’s eye-view of the hills surrounding Nuwara Eliya.
Pidurutalagala Kanda or Mount Pedro (2524m), the tallest mountain of Sri Lanka situated close to the city center itself, which used to be the hikers joy, is now out of bounds to the public in view of its summit now being a major air traffic control center.
Half a day Excursions from Nuwara Eliya
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Labookelle tea estate
The Pedro tea estate
St. Clair Falls
Horton Plains National Park (a world heritage site)
The World’s End.