Little England and Tea capital, also known as Nuwara Eliya, is the highest resort town of Sri Lanka, which is 160 km from Colombo in the heart of the island at an altitude of about 1900 meters above sea level. Is a small town located at the foot of the highest mountain in Sri Lanka Pidurutalagala, that height is 2524 meters, surrounded by tea plantations, mountain peaks, natural reserves and waterfalls. Its stunning natural beauty combined with a pleasant climate attracts huge number of tourists with.
Weather in Nuwara Eliya
The climate in Nuwara Eliya is quite cool compared to the hot coast. The average annual temperature is +15°C. In the hot summer months, the daytime temperatures average +23°C, at night – about +10°C. But in the winter months: +15°C a day, and maybe fall closer to zero at night. Therefore, Europeans escaping the heat here feel very comfortable, and excellent varieties tea grows well, too.
Based on night temperature, at the hotel, and they are all without heating, it is better to stock up on a spare warm blanket.
To enjoy the beautiful scenery on the background of blue sky and not get in the fog and the rain, it is better to visit the mountain resort in the spring and summer months from March to September. The main influx of tourists observed in April – on the celebrations of New Year Sri Lankan calendar.
A bit of history
Thanks suitable climate for the British in the mountainous region of Sri Lanka in 1846 sir Samuel White Baker founded the city. And called it Nuwara Eliya, which in the local Sinhala language means “City of Light”. Local still cut the name and the colloquial language found Noralia.
The city was founded and built purely by the British in true colonial style that preserve to the present time and look like a Little England. The British created not only the resort of British subjects, but well-developed agricultural center, which in addition to the tea cultures grow vegetables, berries and flowers grown in Europe.
What to visit & what to do
Travelers around the island choose Nuwara Eliya, as a starting point to view all natural attractions in the area, turning the day and return to stay. Main sights include: Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, Golf Club, Galway’s Land National Park, Pidurutalagala, the Horton Plains, Tea factory, for example, Pedro Tea Estate, Bluefield Tea, Labookellie etc., a viewpoint and a waterfall Lover’s Leap, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Waterfalls: St. Clair’s Falls, Devon, Ramboda, etc.
The British created the city’s infrastructure, so it is easy to find everything you need: cafes and restaurants for every taste and budget, shops, markets, horse riding, walks along the lake on boats and much more.