Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

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Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, located in the central south of Sri Lanka, offers to its tourists the other side of Sri Lanka - the emerald green forests and the refreshing smell of tea leaves. There a multiple country-side things to do in Nuwara Eliya that one can enjoy - be it visiting tea plantations or dairy farms or shopping in the town or staying at a luxury hotel or go hiking. There is no limit to what can one do in Nuwara Eliya!

Here is the list of 12 Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

1. Tea Plantations/Tea Tasting

Nuwara Eliya is known for its hills and tea estates sloping down on them. There are hundreds of acres of just tea plantations and estates all around Nuwara Eliya. One of the things to do in Nuwara Eliya is to take a stroll around and visit the tea estates and interact with the workers and they will allow you to taste different types of tea and even show you methods of tea extraction and more. There are multiple tea plantations that tourists can get to visit and even taste their specially grown and brewed teas. The two most sgnficant touristy tea plantations are Pedro Tea Estate and Blufield Tea Gardens.

2. Explore Horton Plains National Park, World's End

Horton Plains National Park is one of the more beautiful National Parks in Sri Lanka that is even beautifully located on top of a mountain. With a wide range of flora and fauna, Horton Plains differentiates itself from the others because of its amazing location. One of the things to do in Nuwara Eliya is to follow the hiking trails inside Horton Plains, some of the best that is, and it will lead you to a drop-off at the edge of a huge cliff at the end of the plateau known as the World’s End.

3. Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Train Ride

Often described as one of the most scenic train rides in the world, the train journey is a must thing to do in Nuwara Eliya. The train journey between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. The train takes you through tea plantations, waterfalls, mountains, clouds, mist and more, making you feel like you’re inside a fairy tale. The tickets are usually cheap but require a reservation to travel comfortably but the money will be worth it.

4. Shopping - Bale Bazaar

Located right in the centre of Nuwara Eliya town, Bale Bazaar, also known as Winter Market, sells winter clothes all around the year. One of the things to do in Nuwara Eliya is buying these clothes at a discounted rate. There are also branded clothes that are available at half the cost. Bargaining is a much needed tool that tourists need to master to get the best deals out of the shops in this bazaar.

5. Stay at St. Clair's Falls

An idyllic representation of Sri Lanka’s natural being is the famous St. Clair’s falls. Referred to as the Niagara of Sri Lanka, the waters of St. Clair’s runs cold but never weary of the gushing force. It is located in the Talawakele town of Nuwara Eliya District and St. Clair’s stands as one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka. At an altitude of 1198 metres, Little Niagara summons everyone’s eyes to itself – the majesty with which the waters hit the rock and fall into the stream is an absolute delight.

6. Stay at The Grand Hotel

One of the things to do Nuwara Eliya is to stay at The Grand Hotel to make all your lavish, opulent and lush dreams come true at this chic country-side 4-star luxury hotel.

7. Gregory Lake, Nuwara-eliya

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Lake Gregory is a local reservoir situated in the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is a popular place for tourists to visit and enjoy some recreational activities. The lake was named after Sir William Gregory, in 1873, during the British era. Tourists can roam around the lake with the help of boats available for hire. This lake acts as the perfect picnic spot and tourists can also explore the lake by hiring bicycles. The best time to visit this lake is during April.

8. Victoria Park, Nuwara-eliya

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Victoria Park is a well-maintained park situated in the heart of Nuwara Eliya. It is the perfect place for family outings where the tourists can enjoy watching exotic birds, and some rare flowering plants. The park also has a children’s play area, and some rides, that make the place enjoyable for all ages alike. The pretty flowers, serene ponds, and many other scenic spots in the park would also make it an excellent location for clicking beautiful photographs. Victoria Park is in the centre of the city of Nuwara Eliya. You need to pay an entrance fee before getting in. It is an ideal place for morning walks and picnics.

9. Check out the Colonial Era Post Office

One of the oldest post offices in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya Post Office is housed in an antique Tudor Manor which built in 1894 which is worth a visit,

10. Eat Strawberries right from the Farms

The Adma Agro Farms lets you walk among strawberry plantations and taste strawberries right from the plant. People say no visit to Nuwara Eliya is complete without eating the local grown strawberries. There are cafes dedicated to strawberries which provide all kinds of things from strawberries.

11. Visit the Ambewela Dairy Farm

The farm, also known as New Zealand farm, is a hub of organic countryside activities in the pristine landscape of Ambewela hill station. The lush green fields, rugged mountains, and the bright blue sky gives Ambewela the title of 'Little New Zealand'. The drive to the farms is one of the things to do in Nuwara Eliya which is a pleasant experience, with scenic views of vegetable farms, lakes and forests. A famous attraction in this area is World's End, which is a cliff with an immense depth of more than 1200 metres. This thrilling spot is often used by visitors to click pictures.

12. Hike around Moon Plains

Moon Plains, also known as Sandathanne, was recently opened to the public in 2014 and has readily become one of the most loved biodiversity spots for travelers. Earlier it used to be a garbage dump area which has now been converted into a park. Moon Plains is situated 6 km away from the main city of Nuwara Eliya.

This referential list gives tourists a clear idea of things to do in Nuwara Eliya! So grab your bag packs and visit this quaint country hillside town to get the best expeirence!

This post was published by Muhammed Salih

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