A highlight for many visitors is having High Tea at the Grand Hotel. This landmark building, built in 1891, is a fine example of colonial splendour at its best. Be transported back to a more refined era as you tuck into a mouth-watering selection of dainty cakes and sandwiches on the manicured lawn and sip cups of - you guessed it - tea.
And while we’re on the subject of tea, no trip to Nuwara Eliya is complete without taking a plantation tour. Follow the life of the tea leaf from the fields to the factories and admire the scenic hill views.
If you’re looking for something a little more active, hiking in Horton Plains National Park is a must. Nuwara Eliya is a great base for exploring this wildlife-rich park, which is famous for its rich biodiversity and epic cliff-top views at World’s End. Just make sure you don’t forget your camera for those envy-inducing Instagram snaps.
Another major attraction for those staying in Nuwara Eliya is Pidurutalagala peak. Piercing the clouds at 2,524 metres high, Sri Lanka’s highest mountain dominates the central highlands landscape. Take a hair-raising road trip to the summit and marvel at the panoramic vistas. Even if you’re not blessed with a clear day, the journey alone will be an experience to remember.
Imagine standing on the edge of the cliff, looking out across rolling valleys dotted with tiny tea plantations some 4,000 feet below. The aptly-named World’s End viewpoint is the most popular attraction in Horton Plains National Park - and it’s not difficult to see why. Trust us when we say the views really will take your breath away.Discover more
Experience views of lush green tea fields, misty mountains and picturesque valleys from the open windows of an authentic Sri Lankan train. But this isn’t just any old train. Constructed by the British to transport tea from the hill country estates to Colombo Port and bring imported goods inland during the 19th Century, this train journey is now considered one of the most scenic in the world.
And it’s not just the scenery that makes this journey so special; you’ll receive first-class service from the on-board crew in the special air-conditioned carriage, High Tea or lunch and use of the free Wi-Fi, TV and washroom facilities.
Your driver will even take care of your luggage and meet you in Nuwara Eliya, commuting will never be the same again.Discover more
As Brits, tea is practically in our blood. We are a nation fuelled by a good cuppa. But, where is it actually produced? Well at least 20% of it comes from the green, green grass – okay, shrubs – of Sri Lanka. Which means extensive hot drink options and rolling vistas of the tea-clad hills are on the holiday menu in this destination.Discover more
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