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Excursions in Nuwara Eliya – The best of the hill country

Nuwara Eliya has long been a stunning retreat for many in the nation for decades. With the shift in altitude comes the cooler temperature and a more distinctive environment which provides travellers with a reprieve from the typical warm weather that affects much of the country.


Try out the exquisite hotels

With a longstanding reputation as a vacation spot for many who visit the nation, Nuwara Eliya has over many decades developed into a unique getaway. No matter where you look, there will be signs of the heavy colonial influences visible. From the architecture to the landscaping there is a little bit of old England left behind.

One of the greatest remnants of this bygone era maybe the Grand Hotel located at the centre of the city. Built-in the late 1800s the hotel was initially the home of the governor of Sri Lanka and was built with all the amenities and luxurious comforts one might require on a chilly Nuwara Eliya night.

With a fabulous array of options in terms of dining as well as a spectacular high tea setting, this is a must-visit during your stay in Nuwara Eliya.


Take a paddle through Lake Gregory

If you are staying at a holiday bungalow in Nuwara Eliya such as the Scottish Planter then there are several excursions you can plan to do during your stay.

Imagine waking up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise, before making a journey to Gregory Lake right in the middle of Nuwara Eliya for the enjoyment of the British settlers during colonial times. The lake is pristine and beautiful in the morning light and there are pathways set up to make a trip around the lake or if you are feeling up for it, you can also hop on some of the swan boats in the area and paddle right to the middle of this stunning waterbody.


Go for a stroll

There is no better feeling than getting to stretch your legs amongst nature. When visiting Nuwara Eliya, one of the best ways to enjoy this luxury is to head towards the Victoria Park that was established for Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee in 1897.

With close to 27 acres of land, this park is home to a spectacular array of plants and flowers, while also being beloved amongst families and people for the peace it brings those who visit.


Care for some shopping

The Bale Bazaar in the city is the best place to buy some cost-effective winter attire for your stay in the city or if you need to get some shopping done before heading on a holiday abroad.


The Post Office

This is not just any old post office; it is one of the most stunning post offices in the nation. With the building still well preserved as an antique Tudor Manor, it is not only one of the oldest post offices in the country but also a tourist attraction in its own right for its very unique nature.

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