Places to visit 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.
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.
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.
Walk to World’s End near Nuwara Eliya
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.
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. ;-)
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.
Locals and tourists 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.
Where to stay in Nuwara Eliya
Get off the famous train from Kandy to Ella a little earlier and spend a night in the natural beauty of Nuwara Eliya, which is well-known for its luscious tea plantations.