General information about Nuwara Eliya

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General information about Nuwara Eliya

Нувара Элия, Шри-Ланка The Surroundings Of 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

Погода в Нувара Элия, Шри-Ланка So Nuwara Eliya might look
in the rainy season

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.

Seasons in Nuwara Eliya months*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Weather in Nuwara Eliya and forecast

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...

Useful tips

  • 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.
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...

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