Nuwara Eliya, which translates as the city of lights, is a beautiful city within the hill country of Sri Lanka’s Central Province that overlooks its rolling lush green vegetation. It was a favorite hill station for colonial British tea planters who produced Ceylon tea here and making it an internationally renowned product. Dotted throughout this calm and undulating landscape are colonial buildings that resemble old English cottages, and the odd cascading waterfall that twinkles in the sunlight. You may also play a round of golf here on Asia’s oldest golf course, which the city is built around.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Colonial Hill Station
  • Tea Plantations
  • Asia’s Oldest Golf Course

Places to Stay

Grand Hotel

Style: Heritage

Engulfed by tropical greenery, the Grand Hotel on Nuwara Eliya Hill sits right next to the Nuwar Eliya Golf Course.

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Heritance Tea Factory

Style: Heritage

Situated in the mountain range, which gave the world Pure Ceylon Tea, the hotel began as a tea factory built in the days of the British Raj.

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Langdale by Amaya

Style: Boutique

The Langdale by Amaya in Nuwara Eliya Hills, is a boutique tropical haven with stunning hillside views.

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The Firs Boutique Hotel

Style: Boutique

The Firs is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s verdantly green Hill Country.

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Activities in Nuwara Eliya

30 min Horse Riding at Nuwara Eliya

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.

Golf Green

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

Horton Plains

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?

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