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Travel Guide of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka by Influencers and Travelers

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.

The Best Things to Do and Visit in Nuwara Eliya


1 - Horton Plains National Park

   19 km away

Horton Plains National Park is a national park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka that was designated in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m and encompasses montane grassland and cloud forest.

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2 - Baker's Falls

   20 km away

Baker's Falls is a famous waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Horton Plains National Park, on a tributary of the Belihul Oya. The height of the Baker's waterfalls is 20 metres. The falls were named after British explorer and big game hunter, Sir Samuel Baker. Many Rhododendron and Fern bushes can be seen around the waterfall.

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3 - Safaris in Nuwara Eliya

   24 km away

I offer the best tours of Ella and you will not be disappointed! Check out my reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook and come for an unforgettable day seeing the best of Sri Lanka! Direct can be contact and discussed before booking reservation pleace (owner of page Ella Sight Seeing tours contact us directly.

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4 - Avissawella - Hatton - Nuwara Eliya Road

   20 km away

Talawakelle is a town in Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is the center of Dimbula tea planting district, the largest tea growing area in Sri Lanka.

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5 - Bambarakanda Falls

   23 km away

Bambarakanda Falls is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. With a height of 263 m, it ranks as the 461st highest waterfall in the world. Situated in Kalupahana in the Badulla District, this waterfall is 5 km away from the A4 Highway. The waterfall was formed by Kuda Oya, which is a tributary of the Walawe River. The Bambarakanda Falls can be found in a forest of pine trees.

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6 - Shore Excursions in Nuwara Eliya

   24 km away

Select my tour if you are interested in seeing some of the sights around Ella. I will show you to unpopular places with tourists. And if you want customize your tour please don't hesisate to contact me.

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7 - Kandy

   26 km away

Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Historically the local Buddhist rulers resisted Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial expansion and occupation.

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8 - Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

   26 km away
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9 - Wildlife Watching in Nuwara Eliya

   24 km away

This is an opportunity to tick few wishes from your bucket list. Everyone would visit Ella rock but not many of them would enjoy the peaceful sunrise from the top with less humens and more nature around them. We will start this hiking from Ella town at 3:30 in the morning. We will walk along a railway for 2km and will start hiking from that point on. Sunrise will happen around 6 and it's so beautiful before that time. Hike doesn't take 2:30h, we will take some brakes along the way. To catch a breath, To have a sip of water, listen to the sounds coming from the nature, to capture the moment (monkey has an eye for photography) and to look up to the sky searching for shooting stars. Once we reach to the top you can just sit and relax, try some yoga or meditation while waiting for the sunrise. I will never rush you to leave the place. So when you have enough of it, we will come back in the same way. Will stop by at Kithalella waterfall. and we will finish around 9-10am.)

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10 - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

   26 km away
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11 - Ohiya

   38 km away

Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. It is much closer to the Horton Plains National Park. The picturesque Colombo -Badulla Railyway runs through Ohiya. Ohiya is in the Welimada Divisional Secretariat Division and the Grama Niladhari Division number is 62A. Ohiya is one of the most scenic places in Sri Lanka. On a clear day the view from the Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch extends up to the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

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12 - Archaeology Tours in Nuwara Eliya

   24 km away

(SKU: LK74090200) This 5-hour hike gives you a chance to experience the Sri Lankan countryside in a hike up to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak and on a cross country hike across to Demodara Railway Station. See the great views from the summit of Little Adams Peak. Walk over the famous Nine Arches Bridge with its rampant history. Hike to the Demodara Railway Station and see the unique looping railroad, a piece of architecture that is only present at Demodara in Sri Lanka.

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13 - Diyathalawa

   48 km away

Diyatalawa is a former garrison town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the Badulla District of Uva Province. It is situated at an altitude of 1,499 m and has become a popular destination for local holiday makers.

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14 - Meemure

   49 km away

Meemure is a village with a population of about 420 people living in it It is located near the border between Kandy District and Matale District in the Knuckles Mountain Range.

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15 - Bird Watching in Nuwara Eliya

   24 km away

Diyaluma Falls is 220 m (720 ft) high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world.It is situated 6 km(3.7 mi) away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya.In Sinhalese, Diyaluma or Diya Haluma means "rapid flow of water" or may be translated as "liquid light". According to Sri Lankan historian, Dr. R. L. Brohier, Diyaluma is the setting of the folklore about a tragedy involving a young chieftain who had been banished to the highlands and the attempt by his betrothed to join. As all the passes were guarded the young man let down a rope of twisted creepers over the escarpment, as she was hauled up she was dashed against the rocks and died. The Gods, moved to pity by the harrowing spectacle, caused a stream of water to gush from the mountain and veil all evidence of the tragedy in a watery light, hence the term Diyaluma

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Learn More about Nuwara Eliya

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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