If you have the chance visit a tea factory,i will never drink a cup of tea without thinking of the tea pickers and the process it goes through to end up in our shops,you can take guided tours which show you the process of making the tea from the minute its picked right through to the end product,you can also buy the tea from the shops onsight.
Lake Gregory, about a kilometre outside the town centre, is a lovely blue mass of water set against the surrounding hills. It's usually fairly quiet, and pedaloes and boats can be hired on an hourly basis from the boat club. It also makes for a pleasant walk round but it's too dirty to swim in.
A colonial legacy, this is as far as I know the only proper race course in Sri Lanka. Horse racing is big business in Sri Lanka - bookmakers make a fortune from people betting on races held in England, and names such as Ascot and the Grand National are well known. I'm not sure how often the course is used for horses but there are plenty of ponies hanging about, cricket matches going on, a rubbish dump in the middle, and it's used as a shortcut through the town!
The entrance fees are a little steep at Rs300 but definitely worth it if you're into landscaped gardens.
Be wowed by the array of colourful flowers and garden.
There's public bus there but we went there in a chartered van amongst 2 other places. Because of the afternoon rain, we had to leave around 230pm, so maybe it's better to go in the morning if you're visiting in late September.
There're many tea plantations around Nuwara Eliya, and we chose Pedro Tea Estate because we wanted to visit Lover's Leap along the way.
You'll get introduced to the procedure of making tea and finally get to taste a cup of tea. Walk around the plantation and maybe witness the tea pluckers.
The best part of the visit must be the strong scent of tea that hits you (really strong) when you enter the processing room.
Be warned that the sun may be searing if you intend to walk around the plantation so go well equipped.
In the Nuwara Eliya area you can visit one of the tea factories, where the picked tea leaves are dried and processed into the form that we all know (but not in the bags!)
A lot of the machinery used is still very old and is still labour intensive,
The Hill Club is a members only club and a remnant of the British Empire.
Visitor's can apply for temporary membership for use of the facilities. A dress code applies for dining where you could borrow appropriate clothes. No jeans allowed.
The gardens are situated 10km southeast of Nuwara Eliya at the foot of Hakgala Rock. They were originally established in 1860 as an experimental plantation of cinchona trees. This is the tree from which quinine is derived.
Today the gardens cover 27 hectares. They are devided in to various sections, rose gardens, ferns, orchids etc. These sections are separated by pathways & lawns. I spent an enjoyable 90 minutes exploring them.
The price for a foreign tourist was Rs 600.00.
We stopped at Nanu Oya a tiny railway station just before Nuwara Eliya and walked around the place. It was evening and there was hardly anyone around. I love old small towns & villages and this place is one that I will remember for a long time..
Nuwara eliya is a beaultiful city where you can find many places to visit including horton plains,Hakkagala garden,Victoria Park,Lover's Leap,Gregory lake,and many water falls.
Its one of my unforgettable trip i have even gone.I started our trip with two of my best friends on 29th Friday from Colombo.We took Badulla Train at 8.00pm and got off at Haputale on next morning.we went to Bambarakanda holiday resort on 30th April.then went to see the Bambarakanda Falls which is highest water fall in Sri Lanka,and had a bath also.we took so many snaps during our 3days trip.next day 01st we went to Nuwara eliya and went to Gregory lake in the evening.we got up at 4.30 early in the morning on 2nd May to get to Horton Plains.if you wanna see the real beauty of the Horton plains you must go there early in the morning around 6.30 am.we reached there at about 6.45 am.At that time whole area was full of mist,and also it was a rainy day.Horton plains is a place where you cannot predict the weather.it can be changed within few minutes.We had tea at the canteen and started our trekking.first we went to mini world's end and the went to world's end and finally baker's falls.i went there first time in 2000.At that time the roads were not good but now they are easily to trekking.i have never experienced such a rainy misty weather before in my life.we had a great fun.last time when i came here i couldn't see the world's end clearly cz of mist,but this time we saw all those very clearly cz its was moring.if anyone is planing to come to Sri Lanka,you must visit Horton Plains.
We stopped over at a strawberry farm enroute to Nuwara Eliya. A quaint restaurant within served us some amazingly yum fresh strawberries, cream and crepes. We couldn't stop at that and went ahead and gorged on some fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream too. This is a must do if you are in this part of Srilanka
You should visit one of the tea factories on your way up the hills. All over the landscape you will see several. But Lasalle right at the egde of the road caters for tourists with a tea shop. There is black tea only!
They call Nuwara Eliya "Little England" which I would agree and disagree with. To be honest I was not overwhelmed with Nuwara Eliya, it is pretty and the train journey there from Kandy and away to Ella were both spectacular, but I felt that the town itself had very little to offer.
We wandered around the town and looked in the shops and stalls at the market.
The Tea Plantations are numerous and some of the houses are very pretty with gorgeous little gardens (hence the Little England name!!) But there is very little to do except from those things!
At night it was freezing cold - hence being higher up in the mountains.
But I am glad that I did visit to see for myself the stunning scenery in this part of the country.
There are many things you could do, which involves mostly hiking. Remember! this is Hill Country!
1. Lovers Leap (a steep rock formation where couples once committed suicide - not too long ago when lovers couldn't get married due to political / religious / status reasons - they would end their lives at this point) - Its a nice place to hike (but the end result is not that great anymore). Cement Tanks now fill rock which were once wet & rocky terrain!
2. Horten Plains. Wilderness @ its best. A round trip to Worlds End + Bakers Fall would cost you 4 hours on foot. When heading to the Plains by vehicle, follow the correct carpet roads (passing the farms & milk factories). Avoid the night (visibility drops to 100 ft due to heavy mist)... Civilization is NOT present for miles on these roads! - All the locals know the roads to Horten (which run like mazes).
3. Haggala Botanical Gardens. If your not in a hurry, this vast jungle with paved foot paths would be ideal for long strolls. Just watch out for leaches!
Here you can see the sap being collected in a coconut shell at the bottom of a rubber tree.
I was amazed to see this is how rubber is harvested, I had no idea it was this basic! Rubber along with rice, tea, coconut, and spices are major export products for Sri lanka. The rubber plantations were first planted and harvested in the late 19th century