Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as “Little England” is a quaint town located in Sri Lanka’s beautifully lush hill country, During the British Colonial Period. Nuwra Eliya was a favourite holiday retreat for the crème de la crème of British society on the Island. They turned this town, with its ideal cool temperature and rich foliage, into a beautiful little town strongly reminiscent of England, from the architecture of the houses to the flowers that still peep out of every corner. To this day, Sri Lanka’s “Little England” remains almost completely untouched and you feel like you’ve skipped continents as you enter its city limits.
Nuwara Eliya’s tradition has remained unchanged as it is still known to be a retreat for the island’s elite. During its ‘season’ in April, the little town comes alive as Sri Lanka’s high society flocks there for the horse and motor races, grand dances and exclusive golf tournaments.
Visiting one of the many tea factories perched high on the hills surrounding Nuwara Eliya is definitely a must. It is here that the best of Sri Lanka’s teas. The fragrant and delicately flavoured “high grown” flourish.
Nuwara Eliya’s Galway Bird Sanctuary is a 27 acre park where you can catch a glimpse of a great variety of rare and tropical birds, an unbeatable spot for nature-lovers. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Victoria Gardens and Horton plains are also great places to visit if you want to take in Nuwara Eliya’s unique landscape and carefully maintained flower gardens.