Places To Visit In Nuwara Eliya

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1. Victoria Park

Victoria Park
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
1 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

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.

2. Pedro Tea Estate

Pedro Tea Estate
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

The Pedro Tea Estate is a famous tea farm located about 3.5 kilometres away from the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is known for its cultivation of Pure Ceylon Tea, grown on the terraces of the Pidurutalagala mountain. You can visit the fields, and even pick some tea leaves with the help of the workers. There is an outdoor cafe as well, where you can sip on some quality Pure Ceylon tea, and even buy some to take home as souvenirs. Here, you get to visit the tea factory where the tea is processed and packed before exporting. The best time to visit the estate is either in the morning or after 2:00 PM.

3. Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

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.

4. Bluefield Tea Gardens

Bluefield Tea Gardens
4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
4 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Bluefield Tea Gardens, located at 6250 ft, in the hilly, small and look-alike ‘English’ town of Ramboda, is scenically mesmerising and feels fresh. Built in 1921, the Bluefield Tea factory produces 20 Kilos of tea leaves on average. This tea garden is also ‘recognised by tea connoisseurs’ as it is also home to the famous Sri Lankan Ceylon tea. Pertaining to the existing tea culture, over 300 workfers are employed in the entire area of this garden.

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5. Strawberry Fields in Nuwara Eliya

Strawberry Fields in Nuwara Eliya
4.4 /5

8 km
from city center
5 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is touted as Sri Lanka’s “Strawberry Capital”. Two of the most popular strawberry fields here are in Ambewela and Ragala, famous for scenic plantation walks or tractor tours to gaze upon mountains and valleys and purchasing freshly picked strawberries and strawberry-based products. Also, visit Adma Agro Strawberry Farm and Rose Garden Farms, where one can also enjoy strawberry drinks, ice creams and pancakes.

6. Ambewela Farm

Ambewela Farm

0 km
from city center
6 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

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 is a pleasant one, 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.

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7. Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
4.6 /5

4 km
from city center
7 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

On a hill slope 3,200 feet above sea level, Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is a Hindu shrine with interesting legends and elegant forest and lake vistas near Ramboda Falls. Planned by Chinmaya Mission, the 1981-built temple flaunts a 16-feet-tall idol of Hanumanji amidst tea plantations. Juxtaposed to it are sixteen ashram rooms, named Vibheeshan, Jambavan, Sugriva and suchlike based on characters of the Ramayana. A vegetarian restaurant is maintained on the grounds.

8. Moon Plains

Moon Plains

0 km
from city center
8 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

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.

9. Seeta Amman Temple

Seeta Amman Temple
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
9 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

The Seetha Amman Temple is a small temple located in the village of Seetha Eliya in Sri Lanka. It is about a kilometre away from the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, and about 5 to 6 kilometres away from the central city of Nuwara Eliya. It is a shrine for Sita Devi, the daughter of Mother Earth and wife of Lord Rama, from the Ramayana. The temple is built on the site where Sita Devi was believed to be kept as a prisoner by King Ravana. The temple premises also has Lord Hanuman's footprints and the river Seetha from where different deities were recovered.

10. Hakgala Gardens

Hakgala Gardens
4.5 /5

5 km
from city center
10 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

The Hakgala Botanical Garden is the second largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. It is a part of the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve and was established in 1861. It has a wide variety of plants and some exotic animal species with the entire garden divided into different sections, dedicated to different plant species, like ferns, cacti, orchids, etc. It is situated on the Badulla Highway and is about 5 kilometres away from the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is said that the Hakgala Gardens was in fact, 'Ashok Vatika'', from the Hindu epic 'The Ramayana''. Since these gardens are on an elevated ground, the climate mostly ranges from cool to moderately hot.

11. Galway's Land National Park

Galway's Land National Park
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
11 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Located at a distance of 3km from the Nuwara Eliya, The Galway's Land National Park is one of the few well-known national parks in the city, even if it is one of the smallest ones. The park consists of many exotic birds and animals, coexisting to form biodiversity. The park opens up early in the morning to aid birdwatchers.

12. Town walk

Town walk
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
12 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

A walking tour of Nuwara Eliya involves scenic views of Sri Lanka's forested hills. One can take a stroll around the tea plantations and visit the many different sightseeing places around. It is known as 'Little England', and has old buildings with colonial and Tudor architecture, making it a pleasurable place for walking around. The town also has many historical sites and temples, that are very valuable to different cultures. This town is the perfect place walka relax, rewind, and get a taste of different cultures, spanning between a few kilometres.

13. Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel
4.7 /5

3 km
from city center
13 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Occupying a sprawling English colonial country-style manor with a half-timbered facade, the chic 5-star Grand Hotel boasts its own golf course, high-end Ayurvedic spa, and shopping arcade. Amidst landscaped gardens, the resort’s 154 rooms flaunt Elizabethan-era furnishings and antiques. Suites add living rooms and countryside views. Relish English, Indian and Asian gastronomy at four onsite restaurants and bars. For leisure, there is a gym and indoor pool.

14. Ramboda Falls

Ramboda Falls

16 km
from city center
14 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Ramboda falls lies in the Pussellawa district, in the city of Kandy. The area is known for marvelous landscapes comprising of highlands, ridges, plains, streams and hilly mountains. The best of the attractions being the Ramboda falls.

15. St. Clair's Falls

St. Clair's Falls

16 km
from city center
15 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

An idyllic representation of Sri Lanka’s natural being is the famous St. Clair’s falls. Referred to as the Niagara of Sri Lanka, St. Clair’s falls is perched at an altitude of 1198 metres. 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.

16. Abeerden Falls

Abeerden Falls

0 km
from city center
16 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Named after a tea plantation located nearby in the Nuwara Eliya district in Sri Lanka, Aberdeen Falls is a spectacular sight with the waterfall surrounded by enchanting greenery.

17. Post Office

Post Office
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
17 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

One of the country’s oldest post offices, the 1894-built Nuwara Eliya Post Office is a heritage Tudor-style mansion, complete with spires and a clocktower. Its bright orange roofs and red brick walls create contrast against the surrounding gardens. Pretty postcards and collections of stamps are sold at the post office’s souvenir shop. Tourist accommodation is available on the upper floor.

18. Laxapana Falls

Laxapana Falls

32 km
from city center
18 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Situated in the town of Hatton in Nuwara Eliya district, Laxapana Falls is the eighth highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The falls is a cascade of silvery foam amid lush greenery that flows to form a fabulous natural pool at the bottom.

19. Kudahagala

Kudahagala

0 km
from city center
19 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Proved to be the fourth tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, Kudahagala Mountain, also referred to as Agrabopat Hills, is said to be elevated at a height of 2320 meters (7,612 feet). This mountain is situated near the Nuwara Eliya district and can be seen clearly from the Horton Plains National Park which is also located in the area.

20. Thotupola Kanda

Thotupola Kanda

13 km
from city center
20 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

The third largest peak in Nuwara Eliya is at a height of 2357 m above the sea level. It is also referred to as the Thotupola Peak by the natives. The peak is a part of the Horton Plains National Park. The legend of Lord Rama and Ravana describes this peak as Ravana’s landing site when he kidnapped Sita, Lord Rama’s wife.

21. Devon Falls

Devon Falls
4.6 /5

18 km
from city center
21 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Devon Falls is an enchanting 97-metre-tall waterfall cascading over three tiers on a tributary of the Kotmale Oya River. Known as the 'Veil of the Valley', this striking waterfall sits amidst beautiful tea plantations, tropical foliage and craggy boulders 1,159 metres above sea level. It ranks among Sri Lanka's most-visited attractions. There is also a roadside viewpoint with parking facilities.

22. Nanuoya Falls

Nanuoya Falls

0 km
from city center
22 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Located about 6 kilometers from Nuwara Eliya, Nanuoya Waterfall is about 60 meters high and streams down a series of 25 steps. Eventually, the water flows down to join the Mahaweli and Kotmale rivers and is one of the perfect spots to spend some relaxing time; with lush green surroundings, calm breeze, freezing water (which people usually take a dip in when they visit the waterfall), and beautiful scenic views.

23. Kolapathana Falls

Kolapathana Falls

0 km
from city center
23 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

With water streaming from Piduruthalagala forest reserve and Kodiaragala mountain overshadowing it, Kolapathana Waterfall cascades down multiple steps at the height of about 50 meters. This beautiful waterfall is located near Mandaram Nuwara town in Nuwara Eliya and offers some breathtaking views that ensure some pretty great pictures.

24. Lovers leap

Lovers leap
3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
24 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

The Lover's Leap is a beautiful waterfall nestled amongst the tea plantation hills. Tourists can visit this place when they visit the Pedro Tea Estate since the waterfalls are nearby. The waterfall has many myths and stories associated with it, which makes it even more exciting and attractive. Tourists have to hike up the hill to get to the waterfalls which are one of the lesser-known and lesser-visited tourist spots in Nuwara Eliya, so tourists can leisurely explore the place. It is about 3.5 kilometres away from the central city and easily accessible via local transport.

25. Adam's Peak

Adam's Peak

0 km
from city center
25 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

As one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the Indian subcontinent, Adam’s Peak is a 7,359 feet tall mountain in Sri Lanka, frequently visited by people of almost all major religions. It is widely known for Sri Pada, a foot-shaped indentation at the summit of the pyramid-like mountain. Also called the sacred footprint, the Buddhists believe that it is the footprint of Lord Buddha, the Hindus as that of Shiva, the Muslims as Adam’s, and the Christians as that of St. Thomas the Apostle.

26. Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

0 km
from city center
26 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Horton Plains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated at an altitude 2,100–2,300 metres and located in Central Sri Lanka. It is a government protected area which is surrounded by massive cloudy forests and never-ending grasslands. Horton Plains National Park is a popular destination to visit the famed ‘World’s End Cliff’, a long, steep plunge of 880m where the plateau comes to a dramatic stop.

27. Bomburu Falls

Bomburu Falls

0 km
from city center
27 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Bomburu Ella falls, also referred to as Perawella Falls, is considered to be the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka; which streams collected water of about 10 small waterfalls from the height of 2000 meters above the sea level.

28. Pidurutalagala

Pidurutalagala

0 km
from city center
28 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

Locally known as Mount Pedro, Pidurutalagala is the tallest mountain peak in the country. With a height of 2524 m, the peak can be seen from the entire Central Province of Sri Lanka. The peak also serves as a base for the country’s armed forces’ radar system. It is not accessible by the general public.

29. Kirigalpotta

Kirigalpotta

17 km
from city center
29 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

With a height of 2388 m, Kirigalpotta is the second largest peak which is accessible to visitors. The 7-km hiking trail that passes by the Horton Plains National Park also leads to the mountain top. The mountain peak is located in Nuwara Eliya.

30. Train Ride to Ella or Kandy

Train Ride to Ella or Kandy
4.5 /5

42 km
from city center
30 out of 30
places to visit in Nuwara Eliya

On the 7-hour journey from Kandy to Badulla, the train ride between Nuwara Eliya and Kandy or Ella is one of the world’s most picturesque broad-gauge routes. The iconic blue train takes you past rolling rice fields, lush tea estates, villages, giant mountains, colonial-era viaducts looming over the forests, crossed bridges with eerily huge drop-offs, and cascading waterfalls. One-way tickets cost only LKR 260 per adult.

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What are the top hotels in Nuwara eliya?

There are 552 Hotels in Nuwara eliya which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Nuwara eliya are GrandCot, Eco Villa, The Lofty Inn, Konicalvilla, OYO 511 Delphin Hotel, OYO 454 Jayamal Rest. You can see all the hotels in Nuwara eliya here

What are the top sightseeing places in Nuwara eliya?

The top sightseeing places in Nuwara eliya are Victoria Park, Pedro Tea Estate, Gregory Lake, Lovers leap, Seeta Amman Temple, Galway's Land National Park.

How can I commute within Nuwara eliya?

The best way to get around Nuwara Eliya is on foot, tuk tuks, local buses.
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