Leave behind the trickles of sweat and humid heat and breathe in the intoxicatingly fresh cool air with a hint of the misty mountains, scent of flowers, aroma of pine and freshness of rich soil. Step in to Nuwara Eliya the “Little England” of Sri Lanka which resembles English spring weather in the central hill tops of the island. Carpeted with lush tea estates on sloping hills, charismatic green giants hovering the roadsides, gushing waterfalls on every side, blossoms, fruits and vegetables sprouting from the richness of the earth in this little Haven of spring and smiles, ignites the soul and heals the mind.
British explorer Sir Samuel Baker stumbled upon Nuwara Eliya in 1819 while leading a hunting party. Enchanted by its beauty he decided to reside there and imported all that was English to build a comforting home. Word spread to the other colonialists and the town soon became one of the first hill resorts in the island. However prior to the British discovery, Nuwara Eliya has played a significant role in the island’s history. Kovils, streams, mountains and plains believed to have been hallowed by Sita of the famous Ramayana Mythology are spread around Nuwara Eliya. Many Sinhalese warriors and queens have sought refuge in the hills of this town as well.
At present Nuwara Eliya is one of the most sought after hilly locations, which is still visited by locals and tourists. A 180 km from Colombo and 2000m above sea level its home to Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, attractive waterfalls and beautiful botanical gardens. Activities such as hiking, trekking, water sports, horse racing, and mountain climbing will keep your blood pumping and warm against the chilly weather. Picnics, fishing, boat rides, barbeques, romantic walks, are ideal for a laid back relaxing time. Make a stop at this hill side paradise, sip of cup of steaming tea and enjoy the luxuries of Nuwara Eliya.