The city of Nuwara Eliya located 150 km away from Colombo in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka offers pleasant and temperate climate which gives the city a very different feel from other parts of the country and, along with the colonial architecture, has transformed into one of the most sought after tourist destination in the globe.
Built in 1891 by the British colonialists in Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, Nuwara Eliya’s finest Golf Course is located just opposite the Victoria Park this 18-hole golf course. A path from the race course leads to Single Tree Mountain that affords a bird eye-view of the surrounding hills. Single Tree Mountain unravels the spectacular sceneries of the entire town of Nuwara Eliya including the Pidurutalagala Mountain, Hakgala Mountain, Lake Gregory as well as the Northern section of Horton Plains. Located 3 km east of Nuwara Eliya, beneath a flank of Mount Pedro is the Pedro Tea estate. The resident guide at the estate explains and elaborates on the process of growing and manufacturing Ceylon Tea. The expansive estate is fully geared to host the visitors with a tour around the entire property. Mount Pedro or Pidurutalgala rising to a height of 2524 meters above the sea level is a great place for hiking enthusiasts. Nuwara Eliya makes the hiking and trekking all the more pleasant: Ramboda Falls; Devon Falls; Lakshapna Falls are to name a few. The Horton Plains National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage is perched on the edge of the Central Highlands midway between Nuwara Eliya and Haputale, another hill country retreat, which consists of the highest plateau of Sri Lanka at 2000 feet and a paradise of bird watchers, nature lovers and hikers. Species found here include the leopard, sambar, and the endemic purple-faced langur. Endemic highland birds include the dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka white-eye, and yellow-eared bulbul. The mountains in the central province of Sri Lanka and near to Nuwara Eliya are adorned with many picturesque waterfalls including Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls, Baker's Falls, St. Claire's Falls, Ravana Ella, Bambarakanda Ella, Aberdeen Falls, Laxapana Falls, The Lovers Leap, and Bridal Falls.
Established in 1861 by Mr G.H.W, 10 km southeast of Nuwara Eliya, sprawling at the base of the Hakgala Rock at an elevation of 5000-6000 ft is the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Originally established to grow Cinchona, the source of Quinine, the anti-malarial drug, Hakgala soon became a host to a wide array of foreign species. Range of foreign trees comprises: Cypresses from California; fine old cedars; enormous tree ferns; stands of Japanese camphor; and pines eucalyptus; and bark-shedding Australian Melaleuca.
February to April is the most attractive time to visit the place for foreign travellers to the seasonal event.
Nuwara Eliya can be reached from Colombo via Kandy. Buses are available from Colombo which roughly takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach or cover the distance. Even private taxis or cabs can booked by tourist to make the 180 kms journey. Meanwhile any international tourist arriving at Colombo International Airport from India can avail either of transportation modes to reach Nuwara Eliya from Colombo.
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