Nuwara EliyaSri Lanka. At 1,868 m (6,129 ft) altitude, its temperate climate gives the city a very different feel from other parts of the country.
By trainFour times daily there is a train coming from Colombo or Kandy, and it then proceeds further to Badulla. The train's name is 'Udarata Menike', and the journey itself is spectacular.
There is actually no train station in Nuwara Eliya proper, the closest one is in Nanuoya, 6 km of Nuwara Eliya. There are plenty of tuk tuks and local buses waiting at the train station in Nanuoaya that go to the centre of Nuwara Eliya.
By busBuses can be taken from Colombo route #79, three times per day, six hours. Or from Kandy, every 20 minutes, 2,5-3 hours trip.
Be aware - road transport between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya is very slow. The journey will typically take five to six hours to cover the 180km. Traffic, poor weather or failing light can extend the time needed. Rail transport is about the same due to the old and meandering track.
The town centre is small enough to walk around. To visit sites further afield, take a bus or hire a three-wheeler.
The same caveat applies to touring around the area as for getting there. Assume that you'll not exceed 20 kilometres per hour no matter what the mode of (ground) transport. So plan any excursions carefully, and don't assume that you can cover more than about 100 km in a day, including stops.
Victoria ParkA pleasant place to spend an hour or so, with an astonishing variety of plants, ranging from tropical rain forest to English country garden. At the far southern end of it there is a which houses collection of old colonial era photos, entrance fee is included into Victoria Park's entrance ticket.
Lake GregoryLarge man made lake, along the edge is a beautiful park, with water sports (paddle boats, jet ski rides and cruises) as well as other recreational activities. Offers a splendid and peaceful environment for sightseeing and boating. Boats can be hired from the area.
Galway's Land National ParkA wildlife sanctuary on the edge of town which is great for bird watching. It's also the smallest Sri Lankan National Park and it's quite run down.
- Within the town itself there are a number of interesting sights, including the , a tudor style two-storey red brick building; the Hill Club, a two- storey grey stone gentlemen's club; Nuwara Eliya Golf Course - remnants of the British Colonial era.
The Lovers Leap waterfall
address: Peradeniya-Badulla-Chenkaladi HwyLarge and impressive, just a short bus journey away. However, it's far smaller and less pretty than Botanical Garden in Kandy.
Pedro Tea Factoryphone: +94 11 5 352225Offers fascinating tours of a working tea factory. In the hills nearby there are paths through the tea plantations to wander along.
- The mountains in the central province of Sri Lanka and near to Nuwara Eliya are adorned with many picturesque waterfalls including Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls, Baker's Falls, St. Claire's Falls, Ravana Ella, Bambarakanda Ella, Aberdeen Falls, Laxapana Falls, and Bridal Falls.
phone: +94 77 784 7847Short 5-15 minutes excursion which is followed by a complimentary cup of tea, generally guide asks for a donation in the end. Overall, the entire process looks much more as a preparation for buying overpriced teas in their shop than the educational event. Visitors can proceed later to the tea plantation fields, which has a remarkable view over the valley.
Ramboda FallsBig 108 meters high waterfall.
- Take a walk up through the tea plantations south-west of the town to the top of Single Tree Mountain for a splendid view over Nuwara Eliya. From the hill top you can walk north for a couple of kilometres along the ridgetop to a nearby village and get a tuc-tuc/three-wheeler or walk back to town.
- Playing golf is also an option at , along with heading to the (the only proper ones you'll find in Sri Lanka). These are both traditions left over from the colonial era.
- Take a train trip from Nanu Oya towards Kandy. For the colonial experience book a 1st class ticket in the observation car. For an authentic local experience book a 3rd class ticket and hang out of the door of the carriage.
De Silva FoodPossibly one of the best budget restaurants that takes care about hygiene and quality of the food. Extensive menu which mainly focuses on rice, noodle, burgers. Big portions. They also sell some sweets.
- Milano Restaurant. Just next door to De Silva, similar food, prices and quality. Serves pizza and Chinese dishes as well.
Adma AgroServes only strawberry based dishes - using locally grown strawberries.
St Andrews HotelDoes a good buffet, described as a "fusion" of eastern and western tastes.
The Hill ClubIs a special experience which will take you back almost 100 years. But you must dress for dinner. If you don't have a jacket and tie you can borrow from their collection. Food is excellent and served by waiters in national dress with white serving gloves.
Grand Hoteldoes a great high tea.
Grand Indianaddress: at the Grand HotelIt is possibly the best place in Nuwara Eliya to get good traditional Indian food.
phone: +94 52 2223739address: No. 89, Upper Lake Road, Havelock DriveHas 52 rooms in various colour themes, with dining and recreational facilities, and tour arrangements.
phone: +94 77 7005500address: No: 48, Water Field Drive, Nuwara Eliya, Sri LankaSituated just above Nuwara Eliya town, Is a villa set within magnificent gardens that overlook the golf course and rolling hills. Ideal for groups of families and friends who will love its privacy and secluded yet central location. Designed by a Frenchman, the villa's European styling blends perfectly with the property's colonial atmosphere which harks back to a former era.
phone: +94 52 5555000Colonial style rooms with views of the surrounding tea plantations. All the rooms (superior, premium or executive + suits) come with rain showers and baths.
King Fern Cottagephone: +94 77 358 6284address: 203/1A St Andrew's Drive, Nuwara EliyaWelcoming budget guesthouse with a friendly owner, large sized rooms with comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms.
phone: +94 725 94 66 13address: 495This tastefully furnished luxury holiday bungalow can accommodate up to 10 persons and has a breathtaking view of a tea estate and the Pidurutalagala mountain range.
phone: +94 52 4924959address: Radalla, Nanu Oya, Nuwara EliyaBoutique resort. Escape to the cool mornings and crisp air of Randalla, a quaint hill station tucked in the mountain ranges of the central highlands.
phone: +94 052 2265050address: Kandapola Road, RagalaThis bungalow built from quaint stone, and its interior was inspired by Scottish architecture. Offers a spa, dining, personal butlers, and an in-house library.