Nuwara Eliya

Based deep in the hill country of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is a leading tourist attraction to those with a passion for nature and tranquillity. Complete with lakes, water parks, a dairy farm and rollicking mountainous terrain, this city is a must see for the visiting tourist.

Colonial period

Nuwara Eliya has much to offer by way of amusement. Gregory’s Lake, constructed during the colonial period, offers many water sports facilities. Victoria Park is like a mini botanical garden and is a haven for bird watchers. Tour guides are at your beck and call to waltz you through the mazes of tea plantation that blanket Nuwara Eliya or take you for a 9 km hike in Horton Plains National Park. Ambewela farm, also known as ‘Little New Zealand’ gives you an opportunity to watch dairy processing in action firsthand. 

There are various ways to travel to Nuwara Eliya. When you go by plane, the airport located closest to Nuwara Eliya is the Bandaranaike International Airport nearby Colombo. Upon arrival, you can best book an air-conditioned airport taxi for around 15000 LKR, to bring you to Nuwara Eliya. 

Most beautiful train ride

You can also travel by train. The journey is considered one of the most beautiful train trips in the world. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance since the train tends to be jammed with travellers for the duration. There are train tickets available between Colombo or Kandy and Nanu Oya (located in the Nuwara Eliya district). Alternatively, you could take the bus, but that would mean subscribing to the trials and burdens of a five to six-hour long journey. 

The main factor to ponder when deciding when to visit is the climate. Favourable conditions manifest around the months of February to April, making this the ideal time to pack, book, and let roll the nature loving tourist in you! April is the busiest month in Nuwara Eliya, with several festivals and horse races going on.