Nuwara Eliya Travel Guide

Nuwara Eliya Tourism

Nuwara Eliya Tourism

About Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is famous among tourists as the hill resort of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya, located at around 2000m above sea level, can be reached by travelling about 180 km from Colombo. Nuwara Eliya is also known by the names of ‘City of Light’ and the tea capital of Sri Lanka among tourists. This travel destination is favored by travellers as it is surrounded by lush tea plantations overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka.

Nuwara Eliya was once favourite hill station of the British in Sri Lanka and therefore the town is still very much an English town with many English style bungalows and buildings. A blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture, the hill station is also known as ‘Little England’. Nuwara Eliya is also a popular tourist destination among local travellers as it is blessed with pleasant climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus. Local Sri Lanka travellers find it as a good place to take a break from the tropical environment of Sri Lanka at any time of the year. March to May season is the busiest as the local tourists also flock to this town in this season. Distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya’s countryside are the widespread growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers, excellent walks and drives, and one of the best in Asia – its exceptionally good golf on the 18 Hole Course.

History of Nuwara Eliya

History says Nuwara Eliya was discovered by a group of British officers in 1818, who had gotten lost while elephant hunting. The British governor at the time, Sir Edward Barnes was told about the place and subsequently decided to develop Nuwara Eliya as a hill retreat which soon became internationally renowned. Nuwara Eliya was actually planned to be an English village by a pioneering Englishman, Sir Samuel Baker. The English cooled themselves here and enjoyed games. Native Sinhalese travelers also frequently visited Nuwara Eliya.

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