Sri Lanka’s very own “Little England”, this is decidedly a trip to a surrealistic hill station with swirling mists and tumbling waterfalls! Nuwara Eliya exudes fresh air and charm by the gallons! Home to the country’s fragrant tea plantations that were once owned by British and Scottish planters—this Sinhalese highland is to be seen to be believed. Built by the English along the lines of their homeland, the emerald hamlet is still home to Victorian gardens, sprawling colonial bungalows, and golfing greens. Fill your lungs with the fresh highland air, enjoy the mild and breezy climate, take long walks, and immerse yourself in the genteel ambiance. You could trek down the area’s many wooded trails, visit a local tea plantation or rent a bike for an energetic ride along the hills. Enjoy a panoramic hill-top view, as you settle down to a ‘proper high tea’ spread out for your pleasure!
Sri Lanka has an amazing myriad of landscapes ranging from golden beaches to mountains, jungles to rivers, tea estates to rural villages
Pluck your tea (if you stay at Tea Factory)
The areas around Nuwara Eliya – the favourite hill station of the British who tried to create a typical English Village – provide the main output of tea in Sri Lanka, and so trip to the highlands is incomplete without witnessing the age-old traditional tea plucking and sipping a cup of ‘Ceylon Tea’. Guests can pluck their own tea leaves and bring to the mini Tea Factory for processing. Learn the art of and experience the process of making Tea firsthand.
Bird Watching (if you stay at Tea Factory)
Heritance Tea Factory follows a strict green philosophy and does much to conserve nature. The lovely tea gardens are home to several rare species of birds and flora. Feast your eyes on the myriad colors of this avian paradise and marvel at the 50 varieties of migratory birds that come from as far away as Europe and Siberia. You can also observe the yellow-eared bulbul and the Sri Lanka white eye that are endemic to this region.
Apart from being known as a leisure destination for its mesmeric hill country, lovely beaches and culture, Sri Lanka delightfully surprises with 3 fabulous Golf Courses. Enjoy a round of Golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club; Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Kandy – claimed to be the subcontinent’s best golfing green; Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
Adventure seekers can go hiking at an altitude of 2,134m to the ‘World’s End’ – a sheer 1,000 feet vertical escarpment, a unique feature of Horton Plains. The scenic beauty impresses even the most discerning traveler. If lucky, catch a glimpse of the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Magpie, Black-throated Munia, Black-napped Hare and Giant Squirrel.
1h-Boat Ride in Nuwara Eliya
Glide along and enjoy a lovely boatride on Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya, also called the City of Lights and Little England, the once favored hill station of the British. Witness along the way breathtaking views, mountains and greenery; see English style bungalows and buildings; take in the aromas of this Tea county.
Tea Plantation Visit from Nuwara Eliya
Tea lovers can enjoy an insightful experience with an hour long visit to a tea plantation and factory that is known for producing some of the world’s famous Ceylon Tea. During the visit, you will observe how meticulous the quality control and grading techniques are. The steps involved in the different stages of the manufacturing process is also explained. The spotlight of your visit is, of course, the tasting of fresh tea of varying graded qualities. What more can you ask for than a perfectly brewed cup of pure Ceylon tea at its source?