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Nuwara Eliya Tourism

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Tourism in Nuwara Eliya

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Best time to visit
Nov - Apr
Ideal Duration
6-7 Days
Visa
On Arrival
Starting from
Rs. 1,980
  • Ideal for families
  • Ideal for friends
  • Adventure

About Nuwara Eliya Attractions

Nuwara Eliya is the perfect choice you can go with on your next holiday. The place offers you everything from its unique climate to beautiful tea estates. Nuwara Eliya has gained a wide popularity among its foreign visitors to enjoy the homely feeling this city provides. Some of the best things to do in Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka include eating strawberries directly from the field, walking around Gregory Lake, exploring Seetha Amman temple, strolling through Victoria Park, fine dining at St Clair’s falls, visiting Ambewela farm; to name a few.

History Of Nuwara Eliya

Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile founded the city called Little England in 1846. Due to the favorable climate, the country was a prime place for British civil servants to relax and enjoy activities such as deer hunting, fox hunting, polo, cricket and golf. Buildings such as St Andrew’s Hotel, Town Post Office, Queen’s Cottage and Grand Hotel hold features from the colonial period. The new buildings are also often built in the colonial style.

Season

The most popular time to visit Nuwara Eliya is from March to May and August to September to witness cool climate and having fun and a crazy holiday. This is the perfect time to explore Nuwara Eliya town. It is during this season that many fun events are organized for all age groups, many fast food stalls are put up along the streets, women come along the streets all decked up.

Geography

Nuwara Eliya is a valley surrounded by hills and mountains. The city is famous for its cool climate and rich soil which helps in the tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya has many famous waterfalls and variety of rare fauna and flora which attracts a large number of visitors each year.

People

People of Nuwara Eliya are very welcoming. They have smiling faces and what is unique is that everybody wears warm clothes. The men have a warm cap on their heads. People here belong to diverse races and religions is a mixture of the Eastern and the Western cultures. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the people while holidaying like a pro in this wonder city.

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  • Shanthipura View Point in Nuwara Eliya

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Travel to Nuwara Eliya

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By Air

There are no direct flights to Nuwara Eliya as Nuwara Eliya airport is not yet constructed. The closest airport to the place is Bandaranaike International Airport at Colombo, located about 180 km away from Nuwara Eliya. Colombo airport is connected to all major cities in the world directly or through connecting flights that usually stops at some or the other Indian city. There are various service providers offering flights connecting important cities all over the world with Sri Lankan airways being one of the major air carriers.

When you land in Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, you can either take road routes or opt for rail to reach Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is a small town so you can easily go to most places by foot. If you have to go far, you can use the colorful tuk-tuks to reach to your destination. While you can get around the town quiet easily, it is advisable not to plan trips of more than 60km away from town considering the bad road conditions.

By Train

Nuwara Eliya does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is Nanu Oya situated 8km from Nuwara Eliya. Nanu Oya is well connected to Colombo through the Main Line. The route will allow you to see mesmerizing sights of lush green tea gardens to tall mountains. It usually takes 7 hours from Colombo to Nanu Oya if the weather is favorable. From Nanu Oya you can take taxis or buses. You can even opt for multi-coloured tuk-tuks that will take you to Nuwara Eliya.

By Road

After reaching Colombo, Sri Lankan capital city, you have two main routes for Nuwara Eliya - via Kandy and one via Hatton. Both the roads are not in good condition, to drive to Nuwara Eliya but offer great scenic views. The distance from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is about 175 km. Tourists can also use the bus services from either Hatton or Kandy. Several intercity buses run from Colombo to Hatton and Kandy almost every hour and there are buses from Hatton and Kandy that will take you to Nuwara Eliya. The Hatton road is preferable to Kandy for cars and vans as it is less steep and less busy. You can opt for bus journeys to train journeys to reach this hill station faster. The fare depends upon the type of service you avail but is quite nominal.

Sri Lanka does not have good infrastructure so you will come across bumpy and potholed roads. It will be difficult for you to bear the road journey if you are used to driving fast.

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      Amol Ratan Singh Lottey

      New delhi

      Amol's 6 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      I traveled to Sri Lanka with my wife to celebrate our 1st marriage anniversary. It was our first ever visit to Sri Lanka and I would say we were lucky to book it with Direct Link Private Limited. Our guide for the tour was Ismath and he did a fantastic job throughout the trip. Our journey was carefully curated to help us experience the maximum number of places in the 5 days that we had for the visit. The choice of hotels was fantastic throughout. Nuwara Eliya was the highlight of our trip - the place is simply magical and the hotel chosen by Mr. Arshad was amazing. I would recommend everyone to choose Direct Link as their travel partners. I look forward to visiting the country again soon once the pandemic ends. Will connect with Direct Link again and would request the services of Ismath once again. Thank you guys for the memorable trip.

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      Nagrajan

      Mumbai

      Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      Hi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels dinner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money

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      Krishnakumar Sriram

      Bengaluru

      Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      Since our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positively Bhaskar T Whatever covered during the trip was nice. We would like to continue you as our travel partner for all future travel

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      Priya Mittal

      Mumbai

      Priya's 7 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      Sri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not very informed about places. Balanced Hotel selection , overall a great stay and experience.

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      Deepak Ramu

      Mumbai

      Deepak's 7 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      Good hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.

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      Abhishek Blade

      Delhi

      Abhishek's 6 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      I missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip

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      Shashank Bhatt

      Delhi

      Shashank's 6 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      I booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank

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      Anil Kumar Srivastava

      New delhi

      Anil's 11 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      We undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.

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      Sree Karthik Hebbale Somashekar

      Bangalore

      Sree's 6 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      I had one of the best experience with SEEMAX Travels. I was on a vacation to Srilanka for 6 days with family and my friends family. Seemax travel arranged each and everything in an organized manner and every thing was up to the mark.Driver Rajakaruna was a very professional and amazing person. He picked up on time from the Airport and also helped us in exploring places in Srilanka. All the Hotels were awesome with all amenities, Food was really great and more than our expectation. They were able to cover all the places as per the itinerary which was requested by us. I would like to thank Dilshan and team for making this holiday an amazing experience. I would also want to recommend SEEMAX TRAVEL FOR YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. It is one-stop for all your travel info at affordable prices. Seemax Travel is trustworthy.

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      Aatish Arun Dhuri

      Mumbai

      Aatish's 7 days trip to Nuwara Eliya

      I tried my hands on Travel Triangle for the First time and i must say i was in good hands.

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