What to do and see in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka: The Best Places and Tips

February 10, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Nuwara Eliya (Sinhalese: නුවර එළිය [nuwərə ɛlijə]; Tamil: நுவரெலியா) is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.
Restaurants in Nuwara Eliya

1. Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

Kandy-Nuwaraeliya Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka +94 72 801 6428
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

Reviewed By djs482 - Indore, India

Hanuman Temple it is that place where Hanuman take rest during the Parvat taken for Lakshman injury. At the time of Hanuman Temple we take part in the Arti as well Srinagar of Lord Hanuman. We take so many photographs. Nice Temple and the Murti of Hanuman is nearly of 20 feet.We take part in the arti of Hanuman.

2. Horton Plains National Park

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka +94 77 752 8450
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Horton Plains National Park

Reviewed By greynomads2016 - Melbourne, Australia

Horton Plains National park is located in the hill country of Sri Lanka. It is not very accessible as the roads are narrow and steep. A payment has to be made to visit the park and the price for 2 adults at the local rate wa approx. Rs. 600. When we visited the customer service centre on the premises we were informed that we should pay the rate for foreigners which was Rs. 3000 each, although we were born in Sri Lanka and spoke the national language fluently. The women at this centre were extremely aggressive and threatened to take us to court if we did not pay this grossly over-priced rate. The entire conversation took place in Fluent Sinhalese and we showed them our place of birth as Colombo, Sri Lanka on our Australian passports. One of the women even attempted to snatch the passports away from us. We therefore reluctantly paid the higher rate, after further argument, for the sake of peace. The males at this centre were quite amenable and were in agreement with us rather than the women. We strongly believe that this money found its way into their pockets.

3. St Clair's Falls

Hatton-Talawakele Highway, Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 234 reviews

St Clair's Falls

Reviewed By Woody992 - Surrey, United Kingdom

Very nice falls. They have built a building where the best view point is and there is a little museum in that building. Don't miss this it's very educational for kids and adults.

4. Lover's Leap Falls

Hawa Eliya, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka +94 75 082 9708
Excellent
40%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 343 reviews

Lover's Leap Falls

Reviewed By W3lshman - Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

We didn't have time to walk up as we went after a visit to the tea plantation late afternoon. The falls themselves are visually unimpressive so if you're not going for the views don't waste your time.

5. Sita Temple

Peradeniya-Badulla-Chenkaladi Highway, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 683 reviews

Sita Temple

Reviewed By HolidayForUs - Bath, United Kingdom

We stopped off to have a quick look at this Temple from the road. It is very attractive and it was a shame that we did not have time to look around inside as it is spiritually important.

6. Devon Falls

Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 208 reviews

Devon Falls

Reviewed By Woody992 - Surrey, United Kingdom

This is a nice fall but bit far from the view point. Still worth the visit and it is close to St Clair's Falls. Unlike St Clair's Falls this fall is constant and the water never gets diverted.

7. Bluefield Tea Gardens

Ramboda, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka 0094-77578583
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 968 reviews

Bluefield Tea Gardens

Reviewed By CurlymikeT - Perth, Australia

Nice tour of the tea processing facility with a knowledgeable guide who spoke very good English. Not so impressed with the way the guide said we could/should tip her afterwards then walked away as soon as she got some money.
The free tea was not as good as I expected from a tea plantation, seemed to have been brewed too long.
The shop was good - every kind of tea and no pressure to buy anything.

8. Hakgala Botanic Gardens

Badulla Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka +94 52 2 222182
Excellent
37%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 509 reviews

Hakgala Botanic Gardens

Reviewed By Bishan W

Haggala Gardens is a place I have always wanted to visit and was really glad I did so. Amazing flora and fauna boasts the wonder of Nature. Some trees date back a many years. Even bought some plants back home.

9. Ambewela Farms

Nanuoya Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka +94 77 000 0000
Excellent
27%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 261 reviews

Ambewela Farms

Reviewed By Sofia B - Orebro, Sweden

As we are a bit dissapointed about Nuwara Eliya town we decided to go outside to visit a farm wich was a good decision. The farm gives a close contact to the animals and we think the farm was very well maintained. We all liked this place! The drive there was really nice (we took a tuktuk and the driver waited there for us, cost 2500 R).

10. Gregory Lake

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka +94 77 604 3599
Excellent
32%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Gregory Lake

Reviewed By Alex I

very very beautiful lake has many restaurants and horse riding as well , very clean , please wear heavy clothes coz its very cold over there , just beautiful to relax and enjoy the nature

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