Nuwara Eliya  

Travel Guide to Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka   -2020


History of Nuwara Eliya  

The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf, and cricket.

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Geography of Nuwara Eliya  Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the Hill Country of Nuwara Eliya District. It is approximately 178  kilometers south of Colombo and the 76 km north of Kandy. With a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

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nuwara eliya map

How to Reach Nuwara Eliya by Bus?

Generally, buses from Colombo and Kandy starts it will take you to Nuwara Eliya  If you journey from Colombo, it will take around  5 hours to reach Nuwara Eliya.  On the other hand, if you take the Kandy to Nuwara Eliya bus route, it will take around 2 hours as well.

How to Reach Nuwara Eliya by Train?

Take bus 187 From  Airport to Colombo “Fort Railway Station” for around 100 Rupees. You can purchase a 2nd or 3rd class ticket to Nanu Oya when you arrive at the railway station the cost will be 1 to 3 $ and  it will take 6 hours  to reach Nanu Oya railway station from Nanu Oya you need to take bus or taxi to Nuwara Eliya around 10km Don’t expect to get a seat on this train as they are generally always packed.

Nuwara Eliya Weather

What is the Weather in Nuwara Eliya?

Nuwara Eliya Average temperatures in Nuwara Eliya very very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year, this place has a temperature is usually cool throughout the year average temperature 8°C and 22°C.

Best time to visit Nuwara Eliya?

The busiest month for tourism in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka in July, followed by August and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Nuwara Eliya in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Annual rainfall in Nuwara Eliya?

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 72.3°F (22.4°C) and 69.4°F (20.8°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 9 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Nuwara Eliya, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 69.7°F (20.9°C) and 66.4°F (19.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 12 to 16 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Nuwara Eliya to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70.8°F (21.6°C) and 65°F (18.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 14 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

24 Places to visit in Nuwara Eliya & Around 2020

1. Victoria Park
2. Gregory Lake
3. Ambewela Farm
4. Strawberry Fields
5. Hakgala Botanical Garden
6. Horton Plains National Park
7. Lovers Leap
8. Pedro Tea Estate
9. Bale Bazaar
10. Seetha Amman Kovil
11. Bluefield Tea Gardens
12. Glaway’s Land National Park
13. Town walk
14. Moon Plains
15. Town Walk
16. Ramboda Falls
17. St. Clair’s Falls
18. Laxapana Falls
19. Kudahagala
20. Thotupola Kanda
21. Pidurutalagala
22. Aberdeen Falls
23. Bomburu Ella Falls
24. Devon Falls

Map of Nuwara Eliya

What to do in Nuwara Eliya