Nuwara Eliya offers breathtaking views of misty mountain peaks, verdant green valleys, flowery meadows and cascading waterfalls. It is blessed with pleasant mountain air and has a cool climate despite the county’s tropical weather. Being only 180 kilometres away from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England” since the British had once tried to turn this city into a typical English village. Evidence of this can be seen in the city’s old brick post office, the country house-like hill club with hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and its strict formal dinner attire, the 18 hole golf course, and race course. English-style lawns and gardens are still maintained by private homes and visitors to the city can feel the essence of British colonial style living and the nostalgia of bygone days.
Some of the attractions in the town include the Hortons Plains National Park, which is the highest plateau in the country and an excellent spot for nature lovers, hikers and bird watchers. The National Park also includes a sheer precipice commonly known as World’s End, which has a drop of1050 metres.
Nuwara Eliya is home to some of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls such as Devon Falls, Laxapana Falls and the 329 ft. Ramboda Falls. Named after a pioneer English coffee planter whose plantation is situated nearby the falls, Devon Falls is a stunning 318 foot waterfall with continuous cascades. It has an altitude of 1159 metres above sea level and is situated close to the Thalawakele town. The 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and the 729th highest waterfall in the world, Ramboda Falls has an elevation of 345 metres. Laxapana Falls is the eighth highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and gives its name to twin Hydroelectricity Power stations.
Other places of interest include the Hakgala Botanical Gardens which was established in order to experiment and promote Cinchona cultivation in Sri Lanka, Gregory’s Lake which was fashioned under orders of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873, and Victoria Park, where a large number of rare bird species can be found.