Nuwara Eliya Travel Guide

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Nuwara Eliya Highlights

  • Pro
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    stevezero says…

     Cool climate, great scenery, colonial feel 

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     Can't think of any. 

  • In a nutshell
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    SLilaRamachandran says…

     a must visit. 

Nuwara Eliya Things to Do

  • Waterfall walk

    There is a small waterfall near the king fern bungalow a nice 45min stroll to settle your breakfast we went early in the morning and discovered so lovely birds and plants. It was a little bit of a climb up be careful if its been raining as it could be slippery but the reward of the gushing icy cold water and the quietness was a great reward.

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  • Bluefields tea estate

    A trip to Nuwar Eliya is not complete without a trip to a tea factory and if you are a lover like I am its really interesting just inhaling the fumes made me thirsty. All of the equipment that is used is still the old british items and this cannot be changed by law so Ceylon tea will always be produced the old british colonial way. The educational...

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  • Amazing place to visit in Nuwaraeliya

    Mandaram Nuwara is a beautiful little village situated in the foot hills in Piduruthalagala Mountains in Walapane in Nuwara Eliya District. There are several beautiful waterfalls of Kabaragala Falls, Kolapothana Ella.

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  • Gregory Lake

    It is a man made lake and one of the more popular tourist destinations here. If you are fan of activities such as boating and walking around the lake then head here.

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  • Visit Strawberry Farms

    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

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  • Gregory Lake.. very nice

    gregory lake is a man made lake in Nuwara Eliya... you can take a wake by the lake.. have a drink or food ... take a boat trip.. or have a horse ride ( there will be 3-4 horses that you can hire)

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Nuwara Eliya Hotels

Nuwara Eliya Restaurants

  • Those ice-creams...

    The restaurant is spectacular: it was once the room where tea was sifted and graded, and wood abounds in the decor. The nearby kitchen is where the tea factory's engine room was. There are two menus: a sri-lankan buffet or a-la-carte western food. The buffet is the most expensive of the two. We had some a-la-carte meat - I don't even remember what...

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  • FANTASTIC FOOD

    In Nuwara Eliya we only ate in the grand hotel which is highly reccomended there was a buffet breakfast and mouth watering evening meals.

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  • The Hill Club

    For perhaps the most bizarre dining experience you'll have in Sri Lanka spend the evening at the Hill Club on Grand Hotel Road. This is an old colonial club that has changed less than most. I mean, it's only a couple of years since women have been allowed in the bar! The food at the restaurant is pretty good but nothing outstanding, but it's the...

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Nuwara Eliya Nightlife

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    Best to make your own entertainment!

    by mafi_moya Written Nov 13, 2003

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    If you've read any of my other pages on Sri Lanka you won't be surprised to know that nightlife in Nuwara Eliya is minimal and mainly contained in top hotel bars. As far as I know, there's one pub in town - The Lion Pub (named after the beer) on Lawson Street, north of the golf club. It's cheap and reasonably cheerful and open till 11. The only exception is over Sinhala New Year, when the town bursts into life and there are huge parties in all the hotels and out on the streets.

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Nuwara Eliya Transportation

  • Trasportation in Sri Lanka

    just a note first ... There is not metro station in the airport... if you want to use the metro, you need to go from the airport to FORT(the main metro station ) then get the train.Public transport are not recommended at all i Sri Lanka, as they are not very helpful in reaching the places of interest .Moreover, they are extremely PACKED !!Best to...

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  • Chauffer Driven

    We hired a car & driver for a few days, who sorted out all our accommodation & entrances. We gave a list of the places we wanted to visit. He whittled that list down to a realistic size & off we went. I would definately recommend doing this rather than hiring a car. the driving is crazy here. The main Columbo to Galle road was built to be a normal...

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  • TUK TUKS

    We took a tuk tuk back to our hotel which was great fun and only cost us 20p which was well worth it for the experience.

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Nuwara Eliya Shopping

  • Shop for less

    Its a Mini Super market, which has all your basic facilities. From toiletries to sausages & apples! Everything you need on a day to day basis. 1. Lunch (Rice & Curry)2. All general food items.3. Perfumes.4. Batteries. And a million other stuff I cannot put down !! - duh !! Warm clothes! - I didn't get any warm clothes since I live 361 days in...

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  • Tea of Course!

    Most of the tea plantations & certainly the ones open to the public have shops where you can by their tea. I dont actually drink tea, but you just have to buy a box of tea if you are in a Tea Plantation ! (~_~) It is not expensive

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  • buy tea - obviously

    Eny tea factory has an adjoining bar/shop where you can sip a cup of tea and then buy some tea to bring home. You'll find several types and qualities of tea, but after having visited the factory you'll know which one to get. One funny detail: the really nice packages and baskets contain the lowest quality tea and sells for a high price, while the...

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Nuwara Eliya Local Customs

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    sri lankan or indian?

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 4, 2004

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    All tea pickers in Sri Lanka come from India - and more in particular from Tamil Nadu. Their family were brought from India by British colonisers between 1820 and 1840 to work on coffee and tea plantations, and their children and grandchildren are still stuck in their ancestors' jobs. Picking tea is hard work: women have to pick 20 kilos of tea leaves a day, yet very few are looking for a better job. Why? It's because these people are still stateless: the are no longer Indian and in many cases not yet Sri Lankan, which means a general lack of right. No right to vote, no right to work officially, no right to obtain state land. So they are stuck in the only job that's available for them.

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Nuwara Eliya Warnings and Dangers

  • becareful!!

    I always carry my camera,cell phone,money. but beware, anything valuable can be lost & the crazy side would be from the hotel management. 99% of hotels never care about your security. they will do anything to upsell, so be very careful. Yeah its beautiful, cool during day & cold at night. i love it. but i'm always afride to leave anything in the...

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  • Weather

    The weather here is perfect for growing tea, but not always for sightseeing. The few days I spent here followed a similar pattern. I awoke to beautiful blue skies & sunshine which remained all morning. During the afternoon the clouds and mist began to envelop the hills. Then the rain and often thunderstorms started, these lasting well into the...

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  • Land Slides & Hair Pin Bends

    There were numerous accounts of Land Slides that totally devastate the roads to NuwaraEliya. However these happen during the rainy seasons only. So, be watchful when traveling up hill during rainy weather. The roads ahead might just suddenly disappear. I have not encountered it. But keep and eye on the Local TV News to be safe.If your driving up...

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Nuwara Eliya Tourist Traps

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    by shawnbrito Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Watch out for the locals standing outside near hotels. They certainly look cheesy!
    Since they don't give you what they promise, you might need to look elsewhere! - Accommodation is a bit tight during April ->June, so be well informed when booking.

    For example: Some hotel might look good from outside, but the bedding & furniture might not be up to standard (So check the rooms first)... In my case I need my big bed in the middle of the carpeted room, with lamp stands & hot water and big window to poke my big head through PLUS clean bathroom :-)

    Unique Suggestions: If you fall into these traps and find yourself in a crappy hotel, leave immediately (you might loose 20$ or 40$ for the stay) - But its worth the trouble.
    There are plenty of good cheap hotels nearby, that are Clean/Comfy & Respectable!

    Traveling to places also consists of traps, many would ask for double (especially if your a foreigner) The normal rate is 1$ for every 2 Km within a limited area (5 km radius). Longer journey by Van would cost less (around 8$ for 20 km)
    If your going with a Tour Guide(local), ask him to do the negotiating, while you stay totally hidden from view :-)

    Fun Alternatives: Down almost every lane there will be several hotels. And likewise there will be a proportional number of traps.
    Go for hotels that have stuff price marked, like room rates/ bar rates / food rates /drink rates /travel rates/ rates rates :-) If they dont, look closely at the Reception Area. If the people are professional & friendly, then your set. If they look friendly and not professional - GET OUT ASAP!!
    Most decent hotels will look very colonial from the outside.

    Always remember to check out the rooms & surroundings. Do Not Trust some of the weird locals since they would LOVE to have you stay there, and will paint a VERY BEAUTIFUL picture!
    However quiet employees in nice suits are the ideal candidates to maintain a good relationship! (some might be incompetent, but my policy is: Rather incompetence than a Cheater)
    Most of them are pleasant! And you will come out a Happy Camper!

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Nuwara Eliya Off The Beaten Path

  • Little England's charm... or not?

    Nuwara Eliya, which means the City of Lights, is also known as 'Little' England', supposedly because of the many turn-of-the-century English-style buildings. To be fair the city is really grey concrete heaven, and the only English buildings were the Grand Hotel and the old brick Post Office. This pink-ish building, in my opinion, is the only one...

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  • Lover's Leap

    East of Nuwara Eliya, it's on the way if you visit Pedro Tea Estate.I don't know if there's public transport there, but even if there is, be prepared to hike. The van had to go up a rather steep slope (probably not possible by tuk tuk) before stopping near a tea plantation. From there, hike 1 km vertically to get to the foot of the waterfalls. It...

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  • Tea and chocolate cake

    Going to Kendy 15km far from Nuwara Elya there is "Lookelville" (I'm not sure about the name) a tea factory where you have a wonderful landscape and where you can have a tea with a lovely chocolate cake.Try t!!

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Nuwara Eliya Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf in the Hills

    Being founded by the British I suppose the town would not be complete without its golf and its club that goes with it. Err, golf clubs, shoes, silly trousers, etc.

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  • The Golf Club

    There's a very attractive 18 hole golf course right in the middle of the town - another legacy of the Little England tag. If you're short on time then you can just play a few holes rather than the full 18. I don't play golf myself but I'm told by people who know about these things that it's quite a good course.

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Nuwara Eliya Favorites

  • Hill Country Memories

    One of the most moving things about Nuwara Eliya is that I was following in my Grandfathers footsteps. He had been here & taken this photo in 1943 or 1944.He came to Nuwara Eliya for a weeks holiday with a friend during army leave in WW2, from Trincomalee in the north east of Sri Lanka where he was based.

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  • tea tales

    Tea picking starts early in the day and it is done only by Indian women. Tea needs a lot of rain to gorw, and if it's grown at higher altitudes, its taste becomes even better. Nuwara Eliya, which was founded by the Britishin the 19th century, is located at 1800 metres a/sl. The view are fantastic... everywhere you look you see rolling hills...

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  • Waterfalls

    On the way to the tea plantations there are also lots of waterfalls. Also there are lots of vegetable gardens further up the hills and of course masses of tea bushes.

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