Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya, also means “the city of lights”, is the highest town in Sri Lanka. It is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya Districts. The climate is temperate and it is a break from the heat and humidity that surrounds the rest of the country. It is lcoated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by tea plantations. It is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka and also the centre of the tea industry. It is considered to be the most important location for tea producion in the whole country. It was found by a group of British officers during the 19th century, who had gotten lost while elephant hunting. The British governor at the time was told about this town and decided to reside there. It is still very much an British town and there are many British style bungalows and buildings. It is also known as “the Little England”.The hottest duration for the town is from March to May. The busiest time is April. Nuwara Eliya offers plenty of sights and activities for tourists such as tea plantations, golfing, horse riding, boating, hiking and many more.
There are several ways to get in Nuwara Eliya such as plane, train, bus and road transport. Nuwara Eliya is well connects by bus and train. From Kandy, Nuwara Eliya is only 94 kilometres, however the journey is not that quick. Trains are usually more comfortable than buses. Buses run often, run from the centre of Nuwara Eliya which makes them more convenient than trains. Trains from Colombo and Kandy arrives nearby Nanu Oya and there are local buses that run frequently from Nanu Oya to the centre of Nuwara Eliya. There are also tuk tuks waiting at the station. It should be considered that the road transport between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya is very slow which a journey will take five to six hours for only 180 km. For the ones who want to travel by plane, there are flights from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya on Monday and Saturday that is scheduled by Sri Lankan Air Taxi.
The town centre is small enough to walk around. For visiting the sites further, there are transportation options such as bus and three-wheeler.