General information about Nuwara Eliya
General information about Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya (Nuwara Eliya, also "Nursia", the City of Light) – a city in Central Sri Lanka, 160 km from Colombo, 75 kilometers from Kandy (Nuwara Eliya on the map). It is a small town with a population of just over 27 thousand people. Is the highest city and resort in Sri Lanka, located at an altitude 1868-1884 meters above sea level. The surroundings of Nuwara Eliya-the best places in Sri Lanka where they grow the best varieties of tea, the conditions are just perfect: lots of sun and low temperature. It is also a very popular place for rest and tourism – the most popular mountain resort of the island.
Nuwara Eliya appeared only thanks to the British. The first Explorer of these places, in 1819, was a British officer John Davy (John Davy), and founded the city in 1846 sir Samuel white Baker (Samuel White Baker). Being an Explorer and a discoverer, he immediately saw the prospect of a relaxation of British subjects, as the climate here was most similar to the British, and even received the unofficial title of "Little England".
Stay in Nuwara Eliya
Thanks to its elevation above sea level, Nuwara Eliya has become a popular place for tourism. Moreover, its popularity began to grow since colonial times, when the British fled here from the merciless tropical heat. Indeed, in Nuwara Eliya is much cooler than the rest of Sri Lanka, and perhaps this is the only place on the island where you can truly freezing, because the temperature in the winter months here, even have established records, dropping one degree below zero.
The city has a distinct look, as it almost all was originally designed and built by the British. It really looks like England architecture and climate, architecture is one of its attractions. You can come here by yourself for a few days and just stroll around among the old colonial buildings, to make sightseeing tours in the area, maybe even visit other tourist cities of Central Sri Lanka. More often come here as part of organised tours for one or two days from the beach resorts of Sri Lanka. Consider the Nuwara Eliya as a venue for recreation, not worth it.
In addition to the city of Nuwara Eliya and its surroundings, a very interesting attraction is the road itself here on the Central provinces of Sri Lanka. Particularly interesting train ride, which is considered one of the most picturesque in the world.
In our guide to Nuwara Eliya, we have gathered all the necessary information that will allow you to arrange your own trip, learn all about the attractions, hotels, how to reach, transport and other issues for independent travel.
The tourist infrastructure in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya was originally created as a place to stay, so tourism infrastructure is well developed, but there are some features.
There are plenty of hotels, but very little budget accommodation, and almost no options for the budget travelers – backpackers. Hotels almost always in abundance, but if you want to save money, it is better to book inexpensive options in advance. Read more about hotels in Nuwara Eliya here...
No problems with food is not there, there are cafes, restaurants, cheap local places to eat. Travel agencies are also available, but booking tours much easier to do through the hotels.
Weather in Nuwara Eliya, seasons, when to go
Nuwara Eliya is a cool mountain resort, the average temperature during the year is 15 degrees. In the winter months January-March the temperature can even drop below 0, but it is very rare.
If you want to visit Nuwara Eliya as an independent resort for a few days, it is best to go in the period from February to August. At this time, most comfortable weather. But in February, in the evening it happens cool, you need to bring warm clothes. Keep in mind that the hotels here are without heating, so be frostbitten even have in the hotel room.
The most unsuccessful months for a visit are October-November, as this is the season of rain, besides cold. Sometimes the rainy season shifting to December, and increased cloud cover can last until February. And even if the rain is not frequent, constantly cloud-Laden sky, and the mists hide the beauty of the scenery, for which here and ride it.
A large influx of local tourists are observed during the celebration of Sri Lankan new year (April) and in August.
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Attractions in Nuwara Eliya
Almost all of the attractions in Nuwara Eliya is a natural formation and beauty, including man-made. But the outstanding historical or architectural sites, temples, there is almost no, because the city was founded by the British in the nineteenth century. In the city you can see colonial architecture, several churches and temples, but nothing particularly interesting there.
But in the area you will be able to see the unspeakable beauty of tea plantations on the hillsides, beautiful parks and Botanical gardens, numerous waterfalls. A special place – Horton plains and "land's end", for which even coming in here specifically. Read more about the attractions and entertainment in Nuwara Eliya here...
How to get to Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is located in the centre of the island, 160 kilometres from Colombo and the international airport Bandarnaike, 75 kilometers from Kandy (Nuwara Eliya on the map). To get here from other resorts in the country and from the airport by taxi, bus or train.
The route by train to Nuwara Eliya is considered to be one of the most picturesque in the world. It passes through the beautiful hills and mountains, covered tea plantations. Especially for tourists in the first class cars have the observation deck at the top (Observation Deck), we recommend you to go there. The most beautiful part of the route starts after Kandy. But lookout is not available on all trains, please ask before buying. Read more about all the ways to get to Nuwara Eliya here...
- Hotels in Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival at the bus/railway station you are attacking "helpers" that offers hotels and tours in town. Under all sorts of fraudulent pretexts, they will try to lure in hotels, where they will receive a Commission. Don't believe their word that the hotel in which they you're lucky, you'll be near the center, most often just the opposite. The best time to visit Nuwara Eliya with already pre booked hotel.
- More about the hotels. Cheap hotels it is better to book in advance, they are not enough. And in April and August, better than any hotel to book a couple of months, as prices increase significantly.
- Tea factories. If you do not burn with the desire by all means to bring tea from the heart of Sri Lankan tea factory, can refrain from buying the tea factories tea during the tour. The prices are too high, and the tea is the same as sold in other stores in the resorts.
- Warm to wear. Even in the warmest time of year in Nuwara Eliya in the evening can be cool, bring warm clothes. The short winter it can snow.