Here are the top 16 tourist attractions to see in Nuwara Eliya:

1. Victoria Park

4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
1 out of 16
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

4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 16
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

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 16
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. Lovers leap

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
4 out of 16
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.

5. Seeta Amman Temple

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
5 out of 16
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.

6. Galway's Land National Park

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
6 out of 16
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.

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7. Hakgala Gardens

3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
7 out of 16
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.

8. Town Walk

3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
8 out of 16
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.

9. Ambewela Farm

0 km
from city center
9 out of 16
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.

10. Ramboda Falls

16 km
from city center
10 out of 16
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.

11. St. Clair's Falls

16 km
from city center
11 out of 16
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.

12. Bluefield Tea Gardens

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

Bluefield Tea Gardens in Nuwara Eliya of Sri Lanka is one such beauty amidst many that brings to one’s mind large green fields with a lively fragrance, women hand picking tea leaves and the misty, sweet aroma of hot tea freshly served. 

13. Moon Plains

0 km
from city center
13 out of 16
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.

14. Laxapana Falls

32 km
from city center
14 out of 16
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.

15. Horton Plains National Park

0 km
from city center
15 out of 16
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.

16. Adam's Peak

0 km
from city center
16 out of 16
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.

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