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7 Best Nuwara Eliya Waterfalls to Visit During Your Holiday – Nuwara Eliya attractions you cannot miss

Nuwara Eliya is among the best tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. It has many attractions, including tea estates and colonial sites; however, waterfalls are its topmost attraction.


Getting here

Taking the train is the best way to get to Nuwara Eliya. The city is located between Ella and Kandy. This means that you can take the Ella train ride and be rewarded with spectacular scenery. Getting here by bus is the second-best option; there are regular buses running from Colombo to Kandy and Nanu Oya. The journey time varies according to the weather conditions and traffic, but it is usually a 6-hour journey.


Getting around

Tuk-tuks are the most popular transport mode here. Once you've found a tuk-tuk, you should negotiate the price with the driver. The price depends on the journey time and the places you want to visit. These tuk-tuk drivers are notorious for ripping off passengers, so make sure you negotiate before setting off. Hotels in Nuwara Eliya, including the likes of Araliya Green City, usually help arrange transport for their guests; if this is your first time in Nuwara Eliya, all you have to do is speak to your hotel.


Best time to visit

There isn't a day when Nuwara Eliya doesn't experience rainfall. While this makes it ideal for tea plantations, tourist activities are bogged down by the rain. The best months to visit Nuwara Eliya is February and March; this is when the town experiences the least amount of rain. The period from October to December is the wettest, but you might be able to get good deals on hotels during this time.


Lovers Leap

This gorgeous waterfall flows through a forested landscape. Lovers Leap is found several kilometres away from Nuwara Eliya. You can get here by tuk-tuk, and the cost will be around Rs. 200. You can also walk, but you'll have to spend about two hours on the journey.


Ramboda Falls

Located a little further from the town, Ramboda Falls is another must-visit attraction in Nuwara Eliya. There's an entrance fee of Rs. 50. Getting to the waterfall involves a 20-minute hike through a forested track.


Glen Falls

Surrounded by a lush forest, Glen Falls is found not too far away from the city centre. The misty weather and lush trees make it an excellent site for camping. Adventure lovers shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful Nuwara Eliya waterfall.


Devon Falls

Devon Falls is named after a coffee planter. With an altitude of 97 metres, Devon Falls is surrounded by mountains and lush trees. Speak to a local if you want to know how to get to the base of the waterfall.


Baker's Falls

Named after the explorer Samuel Baker, Bakers Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya. The shining water thrashing on the purple rocks creates a serene atmosphere. Visiting the waterfall during the rainy season is risky as the path is slippery.


St Clairs Falls

Located at an altitude of 80 metres, St Clairs Falls is also referred to as the little Niagara. The waterfall is set amidst tea estates, and it is only three kilometres away from the city. Walking through the beautiful tea gardens enjoying the soothing breeze is the most delightful experience.


Dunhinda Falls

Another waterfall that should be on your list of Nuwara Eliya waterfalls, Dunhinda Falls is 64 metres tall. This scenic site is found in the middle of a lush green forest. Ideal for camping and picnics, Dunhinda Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in Sri Lanka.