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Top Things to do in Nuwara Eliya - Delightful Indulgences in a Misty City of Glory

The glorious city of Nuwara Eliya is one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka. Locals as well as tourists find the lure of this stunning city, truly irresistible. With green hills covered in tea plantations, misty valleys dotted with colourful flowers, gorgeous waterfalls streaking mountain faces and rows of quaint European style cottages, this city indeed provides blissfully relaxing times to all. Read on and find out the top things that you can do when visiting Nuwara Eliya.


Visit Horton Plains

The mesmerising Horton Plains is an iconic attraction in Sri Lanka that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place that is veiled in ethereal charm is resplendent with luxurious greenery and abundant wildlife. At Horton Plains, you will get the opportunity to witness the majestic Baker's Falls in all its glistening glory as well as the sheer precipice of the World's End. Escape from the lacklustre cares of the ordinary world and enter the vicinity of this magnificent place to be surrounded by soothing vistas of green mountains and valleys engulfed in soft white clouds. Hiking and camping facilities are also available for the delight of those who love to enjoy a wonderfully gratifying outdoor vacation.


Visit a tea factory

Sri Lanka has always been famous across the world for producing excellent quality tea. Tea production, which was introduced to the island way back in the year 1867, has grown into a massive industry today. The city of Nuwara Eliya is one the major areas in the island where tea is grown. You will be able to see acres of lavish tea estates flourishing in the hills of the city when you take a drive. Learn more about the art of producing tea by having a tea factory tour arranged. Places such as the Bluefield's Tea Garden provide comprehensive tours across factories. Don't forget to treat yourself to the excellence of this aromatic amber brew during the tour too! You will be able to purchase some high quality flavoured tea to take home as gifts for loved ones at the specialty outlets that are often found at these factories.


Indulge in lavish luxury

Nuwara Eliya is quite a popular tourist destination in the island and therefore has a number of luxurious resorts offering unparalleled levels of luxury and comfort. Research well and stay at a place that offers you ease of exploring the neighbouring attractions. You can look for Nuwara Eliya bungalows if you are planning to travel with a large party as this will generally reduce the cost of accommodation while offering you and your loved ones complete privacy. Popular places such as FOX Corporate can be considered as ideal accommodation options for large travelling parties.
Sample the fiery tastes of local cuisine and revel in the sensational warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality at these lavish resorts. If the hotel that you choose includes a spa, you will be able to splurge on a range of reviving treatments and stay refreshed and relaxed throughout the vacation.


Visit Hakgala Botanical Garden

Hakgala Botanical Garden is a picturesque destination that should not be missed when visiting Nuwara Eliya. From the city centre a brief 10 minute ride will bring you to this place that is engulfed in transcending beauty. Gorgeous roses and orchids opening in the sunshine will greet you at this place, where a stunning collection of plants that include over 10,000 species flourish.


Spend an evening at Gregory Lake

Visit the gorgeous Gregory Lake that glistens at the heart of the city when the sun goes down over the mountains. Enjoy strolling along the winding pathways upon the banks as the refreshing mountain breeze keeps you company. There are lots of exciting activities here that you can try out. Boat rides that cut though the ripples of the silver lake will give you memories of exquisite charm. Children will also be able to enjoy gleeful delight by taking pony rides here. Mouth watering delicacies will help curb the hunger pangs that will accompany the exercise you will enjoy in the crisp breeze.