Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.
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Nuwara Eliya, which means "City of Light" but is mostly known as "Little England", is a city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital of the district of the same name in the Central Province and was founded by British settlers in the 19th century. The city is located in the mountains, at 1900 meters above sea level and is the most exclusive ski resort in the country. The red brick houses, its architecture and its splendid colonial houses recall this past. The city is surrounded by vegetation and tea fields that can be visited. Because of its cool temperatures, which oscillate between 0°C and 10°C, which contrasts sharply with the rest of the country, the wealthy Sri Lankans come to take refuge here. They attend the races at the racetrack, play golf or go for a walk around Lake Gregory. The city is very busy in April, during the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year and during the summer after the Esala Perahera festival. Besides visiting the tea fields, the city offers many other possibilities. The city center itself is worth a visit, called the New Bazaar, and is home to a local market : the Central Market. You can also walk in the beautiful Victoria Park, but beware, the entrance is not free. In the surroundings, don't miss the visit of the Horton Plains National Park which covers more than 3000 hectares. It is home to a great biodiversity, even endemic, which has earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2010. Finally, the city of Nuwara Eliya is the main starting point for the ascent of Adam's peak. This mountain is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims who make pilgrimages there.
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