Nuwara Eliya is a lovely hill resort town of Sri Lanka, located 2000m above sea level, approximately 180 km from Colombo. It is the highest town in the country and offers picturesque views of natural attractions such as waterfalls, valleys and mountains and a pleasant temperate climate, in addition to a range of other simple delights.
Known as the tea capital of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the tea industry with several tea factories and estates around here, giving tourists an opportunity to get on-site knowledge of the entire process of growing and manufacturing tea. Two excellent tea estates here with tours include Labookelle and Pedro overlooking Pidurutalagala (Mount Pedro), the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is also referred to as 'Little England' with several ancient old English style bungalows and buildings, still in good condition from the colonial days.
There are many places to see and things to do in Nuwara Eliya: Victoria Park, established in 1897 is an ideal location for bird watching and leisure strolls; Hakgala Botanical Garden - for its delightful orchids and roses; terrific waterfalls such as Ramboda, Devon and Laksapana and Horton Plains National Park, the only park in Sri Lanka that allows tourists to walk freely about. This park is part of the latest addition to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites - the Central Highlands in Sri Lanka, and boasts extraordinary views. The main attractions here include World's End, which is a sheer precipe with a dramatic 870m drop and an outstanding number of bird species.
Nuwara Eliya is also home to a 18-hole golf course well maintained by the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. There are also ample opportunities for horse riding at the Turf Club, boating by the boat house at Lake Gregory and racing at the Race Course.