Why Nuwara Eliya?
Discover the plantations, home to the renowned Ceylon Tea
Situated in central Sri Lanka, this region is known as the predominant tea growing area with its numerous tea plantations. It is often referred to as “Little England” as it has a cooler climate and was favoured by the English who pioneered Sri Lanka’s tea industry.
Note: For stays between 1st August 2019 and 31st January 2020, the Sri Lankan government has relaxed the visa requirements, meaning you can travel there VISA-FREE!
Nuwara Eliya Highlights
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Nuwara Eliya.
Boat Ride on Gregory Lake
Gregory Lake is a huge lake in the middle of the Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by a park. There are horses roaming around which are offered for rides, plus you can take a 20-minute speedboat ride on the lake. The lake was created by Governor William Gregory between 1872 and 1877 and was used for water sports during the British colonial period.
Tea Estates and St. Clair’s Falls
Nuwara Eliya is hill country, meaning that it’s also tea country. There are hundreds of acres of tea plantations here and plenty of tea factories to visit in the area. A little further away from town is St. Clair’s Falls, one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka and definitely worth a visit
Explore the Winter Market
The Bale Bazaar in Nuwara Eliya is known as the 'Winter Market' because they sell winter clothes for the cold Nuwara Eliya weather. Locals who live abroad shop for inexpensive winter wear here before going back.
A selection of tours to Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka Group Tour Culture
Sri Lanka Highlights
12 day tour from £2,099
This 12 day tour of Sri Lanka includes history, wildlife, tea and beaches
Sri Lanka Tailor Made Beach
Sri Lanka Tour & Beach
16 day tour from £2,295
Explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural and scenic highlights, including the Cultural Triangle, a tea plantation and a jeep safari, on this memorable 16 day tour.