About Nuwara Eliya
Situated among verdant tea plantations and at an elevation of 1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest and most attractive towns in Sri Lanka’s hill region offering a welcome antidote to the heat of the coast and low-lying plains. Built by English tea growers, it remained their favourite hill station during colonial times. Nuwara Eliya boasts the best golf course in Sri Lanka and is home to the impressive Hakgala Botanical Gardens, famous for its orchids and roses in the 10,000 species of plants
After the dismal failure of Sri Lanka’s coffee crop in the mid 19th century, an Englishman called James Taylor in 1849 planted the first tea bushes in nearby Kandy. Unlike the diseased and doomed coffee crops, the tea crops took hold and today, Sri Lanka is the world’s third largest producer of tea. With a 20% share of global demand, Sri Lanka is also the world’s largest exporter of tea. Tea bushes grow from sea level to elevated slopes, but it is the tea grown above 1000m that offer the greatest character, aroma and flavour. Tea pickers can be spotted all over the lush green slopes around Nuwara Eliya and Kandy throughout the year.
Nuwara Eliya is often referred to as 'Little England' for the quirky relics from the British colonial period. Reminiscent of a small English rural village, you're likely to pass red telephone boxes, Victorian-era post offices and colonial bungalows as the locals go about their business on three-wheeled auto rickshaws. The colonial legacy here in Nuwara Eliya makes is a great place to enjoy a night in a heritage property and is a stop on the scenic train ride between Colombo and Badulla.
Nuwara Eliya Tours
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya Hotels
If you are planning a Nuwara Eliya holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Recently opened, the Araliya Green Hills is a modern property with beautiful mountain views. Rooms are spacious and well appointed with slightly garish carpets. Sumptuous buffets are served in the restaurant - look out for the hoppers - perfect to have your eggs in! Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there is even a pool table for you to challenge your friends on. Perfectly located close to the centre of Nuwara Eliyah.
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Once the residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes, the Grand Hotel is a colonial style property set amongst very picturesque grounds. Guest rooms are large, traditionally designed with very comfortable beds. Free Wi-fi is available in the lobby and restaurants and the underground bar serves up a superb array of cocktails. Be sure to try the traditional Sri Lankan hoppers as part of the breakfast buffet. Well located in the high elms of Nuwara Eliya just a short walk from town.
Heritance Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
The Heritance Tea Factory is an old 1930s tea factory that has been converted into a unique hotel with spacious rooms that have beautiful views over the hill country and tea plantations. The tasteful rooms are well equipped with amenities including free WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. Massage and other treatments are offered at the Six Senses Spa, whilst the quirky Railway Carriage Restaurant features Western and European meals in a converted 1930s railway carriage.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Nuwara Eliya Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Nuwara Eliya.