Explore the Lush Green Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Explore the Lush Green Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Explore the Lush Green Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is better known as Little England of Sri Lanka. The climate, surroundings, and architecture of this area are different than other villages. Due to its cooler climate, it is the most important area for tea production in Sri Lanka. Exploring tea plantations is not the only thing to do in Nuwara Eliya. Read our full Nuwara Eliya guide.

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Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya

Visit the tea plantations and factories in Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is known for her impressive lush green tea plantations. These are best to visit via tuk-tuk. For around $7 you can arrange a full day trip to the tea plantations, tea factories, viewpoints and the Ramboda waterfall. Stop at several viewpoints overlooking the plantations and drink tea at the impressive tea factories.

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We can recommend the Bluefield Factory and Bluefield Tea Gardens. You will get a small tour around the factory to see how the tea process works. The prices at the factory’s shop are 300% of what it should be so maybe just wait and buy this in town.

Tip: Make sure you have a small cash on you like 20/50LKR. Each employee that get caught on your photo will ask you for a tip.

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Ramboda Falls in Nuwara Eliya

On the day trip route, you will pass multiple waterfalls and one of them is on the side of the road. Get in the water and climb even further up to multiple levels. Be careful, some parts are slippery. It will take 45 minutes to reach the Ramboda Falls which is at the end of the route tea plantations route.

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Walk to World’s End

Get up really early in the morning and get ready for a good 4 km walk to World’s End. World’s End is located in the Horton Plains National Park which has a UNESCO status. The 9.5 km round trip takes around three hours. Keep an eye on the weather conditions, rain or fog can totally ruin the experience. Rainy season in this region lasts from April to September.

➳ Also read: Things to do in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

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Chill around Gregory Lake

Take some time to relax a bit around Gregory Lake. People with boats and jet skis are cruising on the lake. There are some restaurants, you can do horse riding or play in the kindergarten. ;-)

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Best time to visit Nuwara Eliya

It’s better to say what’s the worst time to visit. From June till the end of August, it will be the monsoon. Keep in mind that it can get very cold in Nuwara Eliya compared to other areas in Sri Lanka. We had 10 degrees in the evening in September.

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How to get in Nuwara Eliya?

Nuwara Eliya is in between the world famous Sri Lanka’s most beautiful train ride between Kandy and Ella. A ticket from Kandy will cost you around $2,50 / 400 LKR. The ride takes 4 hours from Kandy and has been mentioned as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world.

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Locals and tourist both use the train so expect the same friendly smiles or questions. Visiting Sri Lanka in high season? Try to buy your 2nd or 3rd class tickets in advance since there are limited tourist seats available.

Tip: Get one of the early trains as they don’t really stick to their schedule. You don’t want to drive through the tea plantation while it’s dark outside.

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Where to stay in Nuwara Eliya

Here is a $15 discount at Booking.com when you book through this link.

29/09/2018 https://www.saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/nuwara-eliya/
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  • Hi, what’s the best way to organise the day tour mentioned in nuwara eliya? The tea plantations, waterfalls etc.


  • Hannah Woods

    Simply breathtaking photos you have captured of Sri Lanka and thank you for sharing! I happened to visit Nuwara Eliya too in May 2016 with my fiance, and it was by far one of my favourite visits because of the remarkable views and our good choice of a hotel to stay at. We stayed at Amaya Resorts Langdale, which offered us a memorable place to relax in the midst of tea plantations. We were greeted with wonderful views from every direction and the staff was very kind and hospitable too! This was one of the best boutique hotels I have ever been to being peaceful, luxurious and allowing a lot of adventure. Great place for instagramming some fantastic shots! If you ever pay a visit, take our word for it! :)

    • saltinourhair

      Ah sounds perfect, thank you for the recommendation. It’s a really beautiful area to stay.

  • Ashley Gamble

    Hi! I really enjoyed your blog post on Sri Lanka! Do you mind giving your opinions on how I should be travel from place to place listed below? Should I hire a driver to take us (4ppl), or bus, or train?
    Colombo to Marissa Beach (3 HR)
    Marissa Beach to Yala National Park (3 HR)
    Yala to Pinnawala (6 HR)
    Pinnawala to Kandy (1 HR)
    Train from Kandy to Ella
    Ella to Colombo (6 HR)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Ashley!

      It depends on your budget. We like to travel on a budget.
      What you can do it:

      Colombo to Marissa Beach – Train & Bus
      Marissa Beach to Yala National Park (3 HR) – Taxi
      Yala to Pinnawala (6 HR) – Taxi
      Pinnawala to Kandy (1 HR) – Taxi
      Train from Kandy to Ella
      Ella to Colombo (6 HR) – Train

      Again, it depends on your budget. You can do the route another way round so you can train more with the bus and train. Please see https://saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-route-guide/

      And we really want to advise you to skip Pinnawala. It’s one of the worst and animal unfriendly places we’ve visited. So sad.. https://saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/elephants-sri-lanka/

      Hope this helps!

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