About Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, the "city of lights," is the highest town
in Sri Lanka and that means a break from the oppressive heat and
humidity that surrounds the rest of the country.
Situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded
by lush tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya is the main hill resort of
Sri Lanka and the heart of the tea industry. This city with an elevation
of 6200 meters is the highest in Sri Lanka. Once a pleasure retreats
of the European planters the town is still very much an English
town with many English style bungalows and buildings.
Nuwara Eliya is a good escape for those who miss
cool breeze in tropical Sri Lanka at any time of the year. Local
tourists flock to this town in their 'season' from March to May
when it is the hottest duration for the town, April being the busiest.
Nuwara Eliya offers many activities for tourists
including visits to tea plantations, golfing, horse riding, boating,
hiking and of course exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens,
waterfalls and plateaus.
Hemmed in by three of the highest mountains in the
country; Piduruthalagala, the Great Western and Haggala, the city
looks very isolated. Yet it's just a four hour drive from Colombo.
Excellent walks and drives, exceptionally good golf
on the 18 Hole Course, one of the best in Asia. Trout hatchery,
market, gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables, not commonly
associated with Sri Lanka, Haggala Botanical Garden famous for its
collection of roses and the rare fernery.
Thanks to the cool climes this is one city where
you can never work up a sweat.
The Tea Country - Where the Finest Tea is
Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters
of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19th century
Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many
miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya from either direction you will
find acres and acres of tea plantations, in-fact nothing but tea
estates. There are many factories open for visitors which also have
tea sales outlets.