Nuwara Eliya, the capitol of pure Sri Lankan Tea and the summer capital of the Colonial British, in a era gone by with its Tudor styled homesteads and club houses painted black and white or done in granite with smoking steeples, under which they exchanged pleasantries over a cup of Pure Ceylon Tea in front of a blazing fireplace, reminding them of their native country thousands of miles away.
The Home sick British found this valley in 1819 and made it into what Nuwara Eliya is today. Two names are synonymous with its creation, intrepid Governor of Sri Lanka Edward Barnes and Sir Samuel Baker, although the latter is known for the wonton destruction of elephants that once roamed the area, is also credited of having initiated a English country farm in this desolate valley, along with Barnes Hall (Grand Hotel) the governors’ residence, and carved “lake Gregory’s” the centre piece of Nuwara Eliya. Then the planters who were busy establishing tea founded the Hill club along with Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and Race course for their entertainment. Just one & a half hours away is the famed Horton Plains National Park famed for its flora, fauna and cloud forest along with “Bakers-falls” and a sheer drop known popularly among the locals as “The Worlds End”.
The most scenic route to Nuwara Eliya falls via Kandy-Gampola(05 Hours), passing the cascading waterfalls along the way as the road hugs the mountain side as it cut across the terrain and over the top pass to get you to “Little England”. A nostalgic train ride around the mountains and under the tunnels would bring you to Nanu Oya (06 – 07 hours) the nearest railway station, then a short hop six kilometers to Nuwara Eliya.
Kithulgala - a destination famous for white water rafting and other adventure activities (02 hours), Kandy – the last Royal capitol of Sri Lanka (02 hours), Ella – famous for nature trails and hiking (02 hours), Cultural triangle – for ruins and ancient fortresses (3 ½ hours) and Yala National park – Sri Lanka’s most celebrated national park (04 to 05 hours) away from Nuwara Eliya.