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.
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 tour is not charged but it is polite to give a small tip to the girl that guides you.
After this you can sample a free cup of tea in the café area do note that if you want milk it will cost you. I splashed out an sampled a delicious piece of chocolate cake. There is a place to purchase tea, some tripadvisor reviews say they thought it was fairly reasonable and nicely packaged and of a high quality.
It is on the A5 from kandy after the Ramboda falls.
Address: Ramboda, Nuwara Eliya
Phone: +94 77578 583
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.
Directions: The road way is Kandy to Padiyapelella on the way to Kandy to Walapane via Rikillagaskada, before Padiyapelella town, there is road goes to Mandaram Nuwara.
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
A very nice waterfall can be seen on the way to Nuwara Eliya ( Ramboda Waterfalls). there is a famous hotel there called ( Ramboda falls hotel). Actually to reach the waterfalls, you need to go through the hotel down till you reach the water
There's no train station in Nuwera Eliya. You have to catch the 9:30 am train from Nanu Oya which is around 8 kms from here. When I took it, there were only third class wooden coaches ie hard seats, stinky toilet and in poor state of repair. It's dirt cheap though and you get a fine view of the Sri Lankan highlands especially around the Horton plain.
The train stops at all stations and it sometimes wait around 15 minutes at bigger towns. It took around 3.5 hours to Ella station. Ella is a very nice place to walk around with beautiful sceneries.
To get back to Nuwera Eliya, you need to make your way to Badulla by bus and then catch another bus to Nuwera Eliya. There are hardly any buses that will directly take you back to Nuwera Eliya from Ella. You may have to wait for a train from Ella to Nano Oya, if any at all! The bus ride from Badulla could be crowded and you may end up standing up which is not easy in zigzag roads. Buses in Sri Lanka are old ramshackle Ashok Leylands and have screechy brakes.
A pleasant and cheap day trip, but make sure you get a seat on your way back by bus.
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.
Address: Bambarakanda falls,Nuwaraeliya,horton plains
Directions: hill county of SriLanka
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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.
Somewhere in the center of Nuwara Eliya - Negombo road we found a place named Katulgala.
There was a small mountain cold water river.
The hardness level was 3 out of 6, as I remember.
We had about 2 heart beating moments while our rafting.. but everything was passed nice and we were happy!
30 minutes of pleasure for 3000 rupees only! :)
- Water Sports
Our driver made a stop at the Mackwoods Tea Centre, so that we could see the tea making process and buy some products (as my husband is a big tea drinker!).
Mackwoods was founded in 1841 by Captain William Mackwood, a British ship's Captain and manages 27,000 acres of tea and rubber plantations today.
We were taken on a short tour of the tea factory where some of the different processes were explained and shown to us. We then tasted one of their best teas at the small cafe, before heading to the shop to buy some items, which were very reasonably priced.
There are some great views of the tea plantations from the outside terrace and I would definitely recommend a stop here.
Address: Nuwara Eliya
Phone: 94 11 2667711 (Colombo)
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.
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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!
Address: NuwaraEliya / Sri Lanka
Directions: Horten Plains are 45 min away from Nuwara Eliya. The hills are steep, hence you should not speed.
Phone: +94777378704Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Road Trip
The Hakgala Botanical Gardens – approx. 9.6km from Nuwara Eilya – are much smaller in scale than the Peradeniya Gardens near Kandy and rather mope wild and unkempt. However, those aspects give the gardens a ramshackle charm and we spent a very pleasant couple of hours strolling around looking at the flowers and plants – the gardens are particularly known for their roses - to the accompaniment of the breeze rustling the treetops. There is also a small troop of monkeys keeping a wary eye on you as you wander!
Directions: abut 9.6km from Nuwara Eliya on the Welimada/Bandarawela Road
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Work Abroad
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,
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
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.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits