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Nuwara Eliya is nestled in the Hill Country region of Sri Lanka, and is fondly known as ‘Little England’ thanks to the Englishmen who colonised the island many years ago and took to Nuwara’s mild climate.

This idyllic city boasts stunning landscapes of emerald hillsides, legendary tea terraces and tumbling waterfalls, as well as colonial architecture and some Tudor-style houses. Nuwara Eliya sits 2,000 metres above sea level, and benefits greatly from the cooler climate that brings lush national parks and flourishing Ceylon plantations. There’s plenty to see and do as well, and with a beautiful scenic train ride coming in from Kandy daily, it’d be a shame to miss out on this stunning destination.

All types of travellers can find something to entertain them in Nuwara Eliya, whether it’s a tour of the tea plantations and the factories that make it or a hiking adventure through the verdant forests to discover waterfalls. There’s also a fantastic selection of boutique luxury hotels to choose from that offer mesmerising views of the Hill Country’s misty hillsides.

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We recommend pairing Sri Lanka with a luxury beach holiday to the Maldives. Experience the very best of culture & safaris with white beaches & overwater villas. Sri Lanka is home to so many incredible destinations and there's so many different ways to explore the island, depending on what you would like to see and do! 


  • Why not spend 2 nights in the Cultural Triangle to see all of the incredible UNESCO sites and climb the majestic Sigiriya Rock. Discover the amazing Golden Buddha Caves in Dambulla before spending 1 night in UNESCO site Kandy. Surround yourself with soothing incense in the mystifying Temple of the Tooth before heading back to relax in the comfort of your luxury hotel. 


  • Hop on a scenic train ride and spend 1 night in Nuwara Eliya, or 'Little England' - this is a home away from home, with its colonial and Tudor style houses! Visit the ceylon tea plantations or take a hike through luscious forests to find hidden waterfalls.


  • After that, catch the train to beautiful Ella and spend 3 nights relaxing in the hills. Head into the emerald jungle to find Ravana Falls, a cascading waterfall straight from a fairytale. Head south to Yala National Park for 2 nights of safaris, you'll love seeing elephants as well as the largest gathering of gorgeous leopards! Finish your trip on the picturesque beaches of Galle or the in bustling capital of Colombo, an easy stop to incorporate into your itinerary with its airport. 
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Nuwara Eliya
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Ceylon Tea Trails
Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Located at an altitude of 1250 metres, rolling mists and lush greenery characterise the beautiful and majestic landscape that Ceylon Tea Trails calls home, nestled within the heart of Sri Lanka sits five luxury bungalows and a wealth of panoramic
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£2,901.00

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Heritance Tea Factory
Kandapola, Sri Lanka
Transport yourself back in time to an era of legendary tea plantations and colonial elegance, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Sri Lanka’s misty lush mountainsides, ancient temples and natural wilderness that surrounds Heritance Tea Factory. Dine by candlelight within a
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£1,810.00

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a year round destination, with February to April being the best times to visit as it’s outside of the monsoon season. However if you don’t mind a bit of rainfall, the monsoon season is a great time to visit as the area looks lush and beautiful.

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Honeymoons

Newlyweds looking for an unforgettable Sri Lanka honeymoon will love spending some time in Nuwara Eliya. This Hill Country destination promises serene, tranquil and romantic views from every vantage point. Stay in some of the country’s finest boutique luxury hotels and you’ll wake up the enchanting views from your bed and incredibly personalised services. It’s impossible not to be mesmerised by the romantic waterfalls and beautiful forests that makes this destination so special.

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Couples

Couples planning a Sri Lanka luxury holiday will love adding Nuwara Eliya to their itinerary, because it offers so much to see and do that really showcases Sri Lanka’s rich heritage. Nuwara Eliya truly showcases Sri Lanka’s history with Ceylon tea, and travellers will get the chance to tour the legendary plantations, pick their own tea and see how it turns into the black tea we know and love at the factories. The area is also fantastic for hiking and there’s plenty of fantastic boutique luxury hotels to choose from.

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Families

Travellers who are looking at how to achieve the perfect Sri Lanka family holiday need to make sure Nuwara Eliya is on the itinerary. This tranquil destination offers so much insight and experiences relating to Sri Lanka’s Ceylon history, as well as plenty of hiking adventures to be had across the stunning national parks. The colonial luxury hotels are also fantastic for groups and families as many offer larger suites thanks to their unique design and architecture.

Things to do in
Nuwara Eliya
​ Ceylon Tea Picking

Sri Lanka is known all over for the world for it's legendary Ceylon tea, so a trip to this gorgeous island would not be complete without visiting the sprawling tea terraces and plucking your own batch straight from the source.

Begin your experience with a trip to the island's sprawling emerald tea terraces, and learn from the experts how to pull the tea leaves from the paddies. After this you can visit a working tea factory and witness how they turn create the black tea we have come to know and love, and then round off the visit with a truly unforgettable afternoon tea.

​ Ultimate Train Ride

Stunning views are in no short supply on this idyllic island, and one of the most popular ways to experience them is, surprisingly, by train. The journey from Kandy or Nuwara Eliya to Ella is an essential trip for anyone looking to enjoy rich landscapes and tremendous beauty while travelling Sri Lanka.

Journeying through the hill country, the entire train ride takes around six hours. While this may seem like a long time, when you’re confronted with dream-like views of vast tea plantations, enchanting waterfalls, misty mountains and fine, white-clouded skies, the journey will be over in what feels like no time at all.

Luxury Golfing

Anyone looking for a more leisurely pastime could spend a pleasant afternoon playing golf at any one of the scintillating and luxurious golf courses around the island of Sri Lanka.

From beach-side surroundings to challenging terrains, there is a course to satisfy every golf aficionado of every level. Set in acres upon acres of verdant woodlands, each club has its own unique and charming backstory. Imagine the thrill of teeing up while listening soothing sound of waves rolling up and down the sand. Whether you’re a golfing enthusiast or a budding beginner, there is a course that is bound to challenge you.

​Hiking

Nuwara Eliya sits within a breathtakingly beautiful landscape of emerald tea terraces, verdant forests and rolling hills; making it a fantastic destination for hiking.

You can either opt for cycling expedition or make spend the day exploring on foot, but we recommend setting aside at least a day to explore Nuwara Eliya’s absolutely stunning location. The national parks are home to exotic birdlife, hidden waterfalls and tea plantations that are generations old.

Sri Lankan Cuisine

Sri Lanka’s unique location has greatly benefitted the cuisine is much, with influences coming from both South East Asia and India.

Nuwara Eliya is a great place to try a wealth of mouth-watering Sri Lankan dishes, we’ll let you in on some of our favourites! Kottu roti is an absolutely delicious dish that you’ll find both in the finest restaurants and the street food stands, it’s similar to fried rice but it uses a type of flat, crispy bread instead with spicy curry sauce. Another great dish is kukul mas curry, which is a delicious coconut-based chicken curry, and you cannot beat hoppers for breakfast; Sri Lanka’s answer to the pancake!

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Language:

Sinhala, Tamil, English

Currency:

Rupee

Timezone:

GMT +5.30

Best Time To Travel:

December - April

Flight Time:

10h 45m

Direct Flights:

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