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Nuwara Eliya Tour Excursion, Sri Lanka

Region: hill-country | Location: Nuwara Eliya
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At the heart of the southern hill country is Nuwara-Eliya, Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial period.

Nuwara-Eliya is Sri Lanka's picturesque hill resort 1,890 metres above sea level is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate & carpets of lush green tea. The town is still touted as ‘Little England’, an illusion maintained by the presence of one of Asia's finest of 18 hole golf course, a racecourse, the Victoria park, Hakgala botanical gardens and excellent trout fishing in nearby lakes and rivers.

Temperature in Nuwara-Eliya can drop to close to freezing at nights and it is common to see smoke rising from the chimneys of many of the Tudor-style manors. Adding to the Nuwara-Eliya town’s atmosphere is the spectacle of its townsfolk wrapped up in winter jackets and woolly hats, carting great bundles of turnips, leeks, marrows and cabbages to and from the markets. Nuwara-Eliya is a great place to explore the surrounding countryside and there are many walks on offer, including hiking around the lower slopes of the thickly forested Mount Pidurutalagala, at 2,555m the island’s highest peak. A visit to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, a short distance from Nuwara-Eliya, is also recommended.

Nuwara Eliya City and History

The city was founded by non other than illustrious Samuel Baker, the legendary discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Such was the salubrious climate that in no time Nuwara Eliya became the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also the ideal hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style such as the Alpine Hotel. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these land mark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.

This Excursion Inlcudes

This Nuwara-Eliya Tour itinerary will include the following below as standard. However if you wish to add something extra, for example, a game of Golf, speak to one of our Tour Advisor.

✔Distance view of the Devon’s and St.Clair's waterfalls
✔Visit to a tea factory to experience the whole tea making process
✔Visit to the Nuwara-Eliya golf club for tea
✔Visit to the town centre to explore the bygone days by visiting land mark buildings and shops.
✔ Visit to the Victoria Park
✔ Visit to the Hakgala Botanical Garden

If you are taking one of our personalised tours with your own driver guide and vehicle then the above list can be changed to suit you i.e. more time can be spent at the city centre, or walk to the waterfalls, etc. If you are taking one of our group tours in shared coach then the above itinerary cannot be changed.
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Tea Factory

Among the most iconic vistas of Nuwara-Eliya are the rolling tea estates that carpet vast swathes of terrain in an emerald sea. Some of the finest tea in the world are produced in the hill country and a visit to a tea factory during a trip to this region is highly recommended to experience the whole tea making process from start to finish covering drying rolling chopping and sieving before grading the leaves.

Devon and St Clair Waterfalls

The Devon’s waterfall is the most well known waterfall of the Sri Lanka waterfalls. It rises to an elevation of 318 feet. The fall comprises of the three cascades. St.Clair's Falls is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka hence called "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka". St.Clair's Fall is 80m high and hence 20th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Experience the amazing scenery as you pass by the beautiful Devon and St Clair Waterfalls.


Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, today the whole district is visited by native travellers, especially during the month of April, for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. It is also the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rally.

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