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24 places to must visit in Nuwara Eliya – Discover the many attractions of the hillside station.

The town of Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest in terms of elevation and is loved by the locals for its colder weather and beautiful scenery. Its many buildings are a reminder of the colonial past of Sri Lanka.


Victoria Park

This is a public park in the town itself. The park is beautifully maintained with ponds, all kind of species of trees and plants grown in colder climates. There is a children's park as well. A great place for a morning walk or a picnic.


Lake Gregory

Named after a governor, Sir William Gregory the man-made lake is a popular haunt for those visiting Nuwara Eliya. Many recreational activities such as boating are popular during the high season.


Pedro Tea Estate

It is located 3.5 km away from the city and situated near Mount Pedro, also known as Pidurutalagala, which is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. The tea estate close to the mountain has a factory, which allows the tours of the estate.


Galway National Park

Locate some 3 km away from the main town centre is one of the least popular national parks in Sri Lanka. Thus, leaving it rarely crowded but full of exotic birds, animals and beautiful landscape to explore.


Haggala Gardens

The second-largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The beautifully sculpted gardens feature a wide variety of flora such as cacti, orchids, roses, ferns and so much more.


Nanu Oya waterfall

This beautiful waterfall is around 60 meters in height and cascades through 25 steps to reach the Kotmale and Mahaweli Rivers. It is only 6 km away from the town centre.


Nuwara Eliya town

This little town is best discovered on foot. The cold climes, mountains and beautiful architecture surround the city. Quite reminiscent of brick-laden English country houses and architectural styles.


Lovers Leap

Quite a famous waterfall in Sri Lanka made famous by harrowing stories of star-crossed lovers falling into their watery doom. If you are looking for some adventure, try hiking up the waterfall.


Seeta Amman Temple

Located in the little village of Seeta Eliya, it lies a kilometre away from the Hakgala Gardens. You will find a shrine there dedicated to Sita, the loving wife of Rama, of the Ramayana Epics. It is believed to be the site where she was kept prisoner by Ravana.


Moon Plains

Located around 6 km from Nuwara Eliya it was opened for visitors in 2014. It has beautiful scenery and thriving biodiversity. Formerly it used to be a garbage dump!


Ambewela Farm

One of the main dairy farms in Sri Lanka. Its lush pastures are filled with free-roaming cows and spectacular mountain scenery.


Ramboda Waterfall

Is around 16 km away from the town and is a famous waterfall, surrounded by pristine landscape. It is located in Pussellawa, close to the Kandy District.


St Clair's Waterfall

Located at an altitude of 1198 meters it is a truly beautiful sight. It is one of the widest in Sri Lanka and found in the Talawakele Town 16 km away from the Nuwara Eliya Town.


Bluefield Tea Gardens

One of the many tea factories close to Nuwara Eliya. Located close to the town, you can get a personal tour and sample varieties of teas.


Horton Plains

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the highest altitude National Park in Sri Lanka. This is where you will find the dramatic narrow plunge at 880 meters known as the "Worlds End'.


Laxapana Waterfalls

Located in the nearby town of Hatton it is the eighth largest waterfall on the island. Swim in the many natural rock pools is formed at the ground level.


Kolapathana waterfalls

Stemming from Mount Pedro it is located in an isolated village called Mandaram Nuwara, in Nuwara Eliya. Many stunning views can be seen throughout the journey.


Aberdeen Falls

Named after a tea plantation this waterfall provides some spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.


Bomburu Ella

Also known as Perawella Falls is the widest waterfall on the island from a height of 2000 meters over sea level.



This is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka at 2524 meters. The summit is home to a local TV transmission tower. The mountain is accessible by vehicle and a protected area for its biodiversity.



This is the second-highest mountain in Sri Lanka. The hiking trail is a 7 km trek and passes Horton Plains National Park, the summit of the mountain is in Nuwara Eliya.


Thotupola Kanda

The third highest peak and also within Horton Plains National Park. It is believed to be King Ravana's landing site.



This is the fourth highest peak at 1320 meters and is situated in the Nuwara Eliya District, close to the Horton Plains.


Tea at the Grand Hotel

One of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka, which used to be the residence of a one-time governor in Nuwara Eliya. This beautiful hotel has amazing gardens and a famous high -tea in the tradition of the British. There are many hotels to be found and among the best hotels in Nuwara Eliya is the Heritance Tea Factory, which used to be a one-time tea factory.

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