Interesting and Happening Places to Visit in Nuwaraeliya

2022 Febraury updated


Also known as Little England, Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful city located in the hill country of Sri Lanka. As a result of its location in the highlands, Nuwara Eliya has a mild climate. It is usually well known for its fruits, vegetables, and other vegetation. Nuwara Eliya is also home to wonderful wildlife such as wild boar, leopard, and numerous bird species.

Nuwara Eliya aside from all these wonderful attractions is also a great producer of tea in Sri Lanka. The climate is one of the best for tea production. There are numerous popular places to visit in Nuwaraeliya like Gregory Lake, Sita Temple, Horton Plains National Park, Devon Waterfall and so much more.



How to travel

Distance from Airport – 160 Km

By Road

160 km or 4 ½ to 5 hour’s drive

Colombo – Kandy – Nuwara Eliyah Highway – with traffic

By Train

Colombo – Badulla Express train – 6 hour’s

Walk in to Colombo fort railway station and you can get tickets for 3rd class and 2nd class. (3rd class railway tickets price is very cheap)

3rd class is very crowded sometimes not recommended for tourists.

To pre-book a rail journey contact a travel agency

For more information, log in to – http://www.railway.gov.lk/web

By Air

Colombo – Nuwara Eliya – 20 to 30 minutes
The following travel companies offer internal chatter flights and Helicopter tours

https://www.cinnamonair.com/

https://www.senoksl.com/travel-and-leisure/airport-and-aviation-services-sri-lanka.html

01 Horton Plains


With montane grassland and cloud forest within its borders, the Horton Plains National Park is one of the favourite places to visit in Nuwaraeliya for tourists during Sri Lankan tours. It is an evergreen natural park with wildlife such as the Lankan sambar deer and other typical mammals and birds. Aside from fauna (animal species), the Horton Plains National Park is filled with amazing flora (plant species). It has about 750 different plant species.

02 World’s End


Inside the Horton Plains National Park in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka is the World’s End. As a cliff of about 4,000 feet in height, the World’s End is a hot spot in the park. Due to its steepness and depth of fall, the World’s End is your number one option for all your hiking anytime you visit the Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka.

03 Bakers Falls


Location

Best known as a famous waterfall in Sri Lanka, Barker’s Falls is located inside the Horton Plains National Park. Baker’s Falls is on the Belihul Oya watercourse. It can be found on your way from the entrance of the Horton Plains National Park to the World’s End. This place is a paradise for hiking lovers and fans. The Baker’s Falls can be found amidst fern bushes and other vegetation. The Baker's Falls also gives you a captivating view of the area.

04 Ambewela Farm


Location

Ambewela, “Little New Zealand” is a beautiful village. It is on your way to the Horton Plains National Park in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The conditions in Ambewela favour dairy farming. Due to this, the only milk powder factory in the country is in Ambewela. The calm nature of the place and the beauty of cows on grasslands makes Ambewela a perfect place for some hill country relaxation.

05Ohiya (the rural village)


Location

Situated in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka is the Ohiya rural village. It is closer to Horton Plains National Park (about 8 kilometres) and has several attractions. The Railway at Ohiya is the third largest railway in the whole of Sri Lanka. There some many amazing places in Ohiya. Some of these are; the Devil’s Staircase, Bambarakanda Falls, and the Rahangala Mountain. One of the best things to do in Nuwaraeliya is to go hiking or jogging near Ohiya.

06Devon waterfall


Location

Also known as ‘the Veil of the Valley’, the Devon Waterfall is amongst the breathtaking waterfalls in the Nuwara Eliya district. The Devon Waterfalls is about a few kilometres from the Talawakelle town. The Devon Waterfalls is about 318 feet high and is a tributary of the Kothmale Oya (or Kothmale River). This waterfall gives you an impressive feel of nature in all its beauty and serenity

07St. Clair’s fall


Location

Commonly known as the ‘Little Niagara of Sri Lanka’, the St. Clair’s Falls is a tributary of the Mahaweli River and flows over three massive outcrops before falling. It is close to the Devon Falls in Talawakelle. It is made of two falls and is also the 20th highest fall in Sri Lanka.

08Lake Gregory


Location

A lake named after the British Governor at the time (Sir William Gregory), Lake Gregory is a perfect place for your evening strolls. The weather at Nuwara Eliya is very cool there. The beauty of this waterbody is beautiful and relaxing to watch. There is a lot of fun to have at Lake Gregory with your family and friends. It is definitely one of the top places to visit in Nuwaraeliya.

09Ramboda Falls


Location

Ramboda Waterfalls is a spectacular waterfall en route Nuwara Eliya. It is a top choice for travellers and tourists who visit Nuwara Eliya. Its view from Nuwara Eliya is amazing. It also consists of two drops. The fall is beautiful throughout the seasons and irrespective of the time of the year. The Ramboda Waterfalls is on the Pana Oya watercourse.

10Hakgala Botanical Garden


Location

If you want to explore rare plant and flower varieties, Hakgala Botanic Gardens is one of the best places to visit in Nuwaraeliya. There’s quite a lot to see here, so allocate a few hours to enjoy the site fully.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens was established in 1861 and was initially a place of cultivation to experiment with crops like tea. The Gardens are famous for their eye-catchy collections of orchids and roses that are best enjoyed during the spring season (March - April) in Nuwara Eliya.

11Victoria’s Park


Location

Victoria's Park was originally a research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. Victoria’s Park is close to the Nuwara Eliya Post Office. Victoria’s Park has large trees and rare birds. One of the most popular things to do in Nuwaraeliya is to go for family picnics to the park.

12Thotupola Kanda


Location

With a height of 2357 meters, Thotupola Kanda is Sri Lanka's third-largest summit. Although it is located within Horton Plains National Park, many people disregard it as a worthwhile tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya.

A long trail that leads to the summit of the mountain is suitable for moderate to beginner hikers. It's also a fantastic experience for kids!

13Seetha Amman Kovil


Location

The Seetha Amman Temple, also known as the Sita Temple, is a prominent tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya. A temple dedicated to Lord Rama's wife, Sita, is located on top of a hill 1 kilometre from the Hakgala Gardens. Hindu followers believe here is where King Ravana took Sita hostage.

14Nuwara Eliya golf club


Location

This is a must-see destination for golf enthusiasts. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, created in 1889 by the elegant British who governed the island at the time, is one of Asia's oldest golf clubs. Even today, the atmosphere is a blend of colonial and modern, with a large expanse of lush flora perfectly matching its attractiveness.

15Mount Pidurutalagala


Location

Mount Pidurutalagala, also known as Mount Pedro, is the island's tallest mountain, standing at 2524 meters. It is encircled by a forest reserve, which is home to a diverse range of flora and wildlife, including several indigenous species.

Because the mountain's peak serves as a base for the country's radar system, the entire area is tightly fortified and guarded by the military.

16Moon Plains


Location

The Moon Plains, also known as Sandathenna, is a relatively new attraction that first welcomed visitors in 2010. The huge emerald slopes that you see today were formerly a dumpsite before the authorities chose to turn it into a tourist attraction. The "Mini World's End," a cliff with panoramic views of nature, is the main attraction here. On a clear day, you can see all nine of the island's major mountains from a viewpoint.

17Bombaru Ella Falls


Location

The widest waterfall in Sri Lanka is the Bomburu Ella Waterfall. Swimming or bathing in the main pool is not recommended due to its depth, and camping is not permitted on the grounds.

The waterfall is accessible through a 2-kilometre hike from the Bomburu Ella settlement. To travel to the town, you can take public transportation or hire a private automobile.

18Visit a Tea Estate


Location

The high altitude of Nuwara Eliya makes it ideal for tea plantations, and some of the best varieties of the world-famous Ceylon Tea are made here. There is a number of tea factories you can visit in Nuwara Eliya. Please see the location tag I have mentioned 3 factories you can visit.

19Horse races at racecourse grounds


Location

The Nuwara Eliya Racecourse is Sri Lanka's only extant horse racing site. The racetrack is one of the highest in the world, at 1,868 meters (6,129 feet) above sea level. The track measures 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) in circumference (about 9 furlongs) and contains a 333-meter straight. The Nuwara Eliya Gymkhana Club organized the first racing meeting in Nuwara Eliya, which took place in 1875.

20Fox Hill Supercross


Location

The Nuwara Eliya Racecourse is Sri Lanka's only extant horse racing site. The racetrack is one of the highest in the world, at 1,868 meters (6,129 feet) above sea level. The track measures 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) in circumference (about 9 furlongs) and contains a 333-meter straight. The Nuwara Eliya Gymkhana Club organized the first racing meeting in Nuwara Eliya, which took place in 1875.

21Visit a Strawberry Farm


Location

One of the most popular things to do in Nuwara Eliya is visit a strawberry farm. It's fascinating to see strawberries being cultivated and picked in both open fields and polytunnels.

Strawberry provider Jagro is one of the most well-known in the country. Freshly harvested strawberries can also be purchased at a reasonable price at the farm's outlets.

22Lovers leap waterfall


Location

This waterfall, which pours from Sri Lanka's tallest peak, Piduruthalagala, has a tragic legend attached to it. According to legend, it was here that a prince and his alleged laywoman lover committed suicide after the prince's family objected to their relationship.

23Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple


Location

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is one of Sri Lanka's most important Hanuman Temples, situated on the peak of a stunningly magnificent mountain near Ramboda, 30 kilometers north of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's tea country hill station. The Sri Lankan Chinmaya Mission built this Hanuman Temple in Ramboda. The Shri Bhakta Hanuman temple is devoted to the God Hanuman and is an essential stop on the Sri Lankan Ramayana Tour. Inside the Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda, visitors may see the 18-foot Hanuman statue, which is the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka.

24Galway’s Land National Park


Location

Galway's Land National Park is a tiny national park in Nawara Eliya that is made up of lush highland forest. On May 27, 1938, it was legally designated as a wildlife refuge. On May 18, 2006, Galway's Land was designated as a national park. The Park was established to protect highland ecosystems. About 20 uncommon migrant bird species and 30 native bird species live on Galway's Land. Aside from the avifauna, the park is home to a variety of valuable floral species, both native and exotic. The Galway Forest Lodge is a short distance from the park.

25St. Francis Xavier’s Church


Location

Galway's Land National Park is a tiny national park in Nawara Eliya that is made up of lush highland forest. On May 27, 1938, it was legally designated as a wildlife refuge. On May 18, 2006, Galway's Land was designated as a national park. The Park was established to protect highland ecosystems. About 20 uncommon migrant bird species and 30 native bird species live on Galway's Land. Aside from the avifauna, the park is home to a variety of valuable floral species, both native and exotic. The Galway Forest Lodge is a short distance from the park.