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Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Location Type

: Hill Country

Distance From Airport

: 168 Km (4.30 hour drive)

Distance From Colombo

: 180 Km (5 hour drive)

Attractions

: Water Falls, Tea Plantations, Golf course, Botanical Gardens, Trout streams, Victoria Park, Boating or fishing on Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya Town

Nuwara Eliya was home away from home for the British colonialist in the 19th century. This city with an elevation of 6200 meters is the highest in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

Hemmed in by three of the highest mountains in the country; Piduruthalagala, the Great Western and Hakgala, the city looks very isolated. Yet it\'s just a four hour drive from Colombo. 

The Nuwara Eliya golf links, is said to be one of the finest golf courses in the Asia Pacific region. Other recreation activities include horse riding, fishing, camping and of course trekking. Thanks to the cool climes this is one city where you can never work up a sweat.

The lower elevations are covered with what seems at first site to be a plush green carpet. On closer inspection these turns out to be thousands of tea bushes freshly plucked. For this is the tea growing country, and the land of elegant plantation bungalows.

Travelers from the UK will be particularly attracted by the architecture which is decidedly Victorian. Even modern buildings are build in the same fashion to preserve Nuwara Eliya\'s unique atmosphere.

Excellent walks and drives, exceptionally good golf on the 18 Hole Course, one of the best in Asia. Trout hatchery, market, gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables, not commonly associated with Sri Lanka, Haggala Botanical Garden famous for its collection of roses and the rare fernery.

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