25 x Top Things to Do in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka 2022

Last Updated On January 28, 2023

Nuwara Eliya, nestled among picturesque mountains and elevated hills in the central highlands with cool and gloomy weather, will undoubtedly steal your breath away. It is located 167.5 kilometers from the busy metropolis of Colombo; it may appear to be a long distance, but it is only a four-hour drive through rolling green hills and flowing waterfalls. Sir Samuel Baker founded it in 1846, making it one of the country's oldest formed districts to this day, and his legacy is still very much cherished in the twenty-first century. He pioneered the farming industry by introducing English vegetables, which are still widely consumed today. 

Blue Field Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

With English colonial houses strewn about town, the locals have called Nuwara Eliya 'Little England,' especially since the weather is usually crisp and cool. Nuwara Eliya is renowned for its luxuriant tea plantations, which draw locals and foreigners to an atmosphere of calm surrounded by greenish hills and crisply fresh, clean air - a stark contrast to the highly polluted towns.

It's a beautiful change and diversion from reality. Several tea estates and companies generate massive volumes of tea for distribution throughout the island and export worldwide. Aside from the impressive mountains and hills in the area, several magnificent waterfalls are both majestic and stunning.

1. Lake Gregory

Governor William Gregory built Gregory Lake in the heart of Nuwara Eliya between 1872 and 1877 for British colonial inhabitants. You can ride horses here, take swan-shaped paddleboats onto the lake, or charter a jet ski for 20 minutes for a few hundred rupees. The chilly air is soothing, the views are breathtaking, and there is a park adjacent to the lake where you can roam.

2. St. Clair's Falls

The famed St. Clair's falls perfectly reflect Sri Lanka's natural beauty. St. Clair's waterfall, sometimes known as the Niagara of Sri Lanka, is located at 1198 meters. It is located in the Nuwara Eliya District's Talawakele town, and St. Clair's Falls is one of the widest in Sri Lanka. The fall's allure stems from the way the rock slopes at three distinct elevations, and waters glide past the incisions and fall into a pool of life.

3. Victoria Park

The largest park in Nuwara Eliya was built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's 60th jubilee and is home to foreign trees and various flowers. It's the ideal area to explore nature; for the family, there's a small railway and a playground. During the day, many native birds swarm to the trees, attracting birdwatchers who come to witness them.

4. Hakgala Botanical Gardens

Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the second-largest of only five botanic gardens in Sri Lanka, are a famous attraction in Nuwara Eliya. Over 10,000 varieties of flora are showcased in various groomed gardens and woodlands for visitors to walk through. The cost of visiting Hakgala Botanical Gardens is one of its drawbacks. Foreign visitors must pay a steep fee of 1,500 LKR to enter.

5. Bomburuella Waterfall

The Bomburu Ella Waterfall is located in Sri Lanka's Uva Province. The waterfall is in a distant and isolated location, surrounded by lush jungle and rocky hills. Visitors need to travel through the jungle, following a narrow and twisting trail, to reach the waterfall.

The trip to Bomburu Ella Waterfall can be difficult due to the steep and rocky terrain. The journey is worthwhile, though, for the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding jungle and the pleasure of bathing in the calm waters of the waterfall.

The waterfall is a tall, cascading waterfall with a natural lake at the bottom. The waterfall is very beautiful, falling down a succession of rocky ledges and surrounded by thick flora. Its natural beauty, secluded environment, and refreshing swimming hole make it a must-see for adventurers and nature lovers.

6. Pidurutalagala Mountain

7. Ambewela Farm

Nuwara Eliya also has Sri Lanka's largest and most distinguished dairy farm. You'll find the rolling hills of Ambewela, where cows are free to roam and graze just a few miles outside of town. The milking stations and calves in the nursery are visible to visitors. The cows are appropriately cared for, and seeing them is a lovely way to spend a day. The farm is large, so there will be a lot of walking. Get a fresh glass of milk and some cheese to take home at the coffee station up the hill.

8. Ramboda Falls

9. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

A Scottish officer designed the Golf club for British authorities stationed in Nuwara Eliya. The club is an 18-hole, 607-yard, par-70 layout located at the foot of the mountains Piduruthalagala (Mount Pedro), The Great Western, and Hakgala, surrounded by gorgeous tea gardens. Currently, the club has 2000 members. It is the only Course accessible by car and has all holes visible from the Clubhouse.

10. Moon Plains

Moon Plains, also known as Sandathanne, opened to the public in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most popular biodiversity destinations for visitors. It was previously a waste dump but has since been transformed into a park. Moon Plains is located 6 kilometers from Nuwara Eliya's main city.

11. Horton Plains National Park

Horton National Park, with attractions such as World's End and Baker's Falls, is one of the most famous National Parks in Sri Lanka and is a must-see. The park is home to a diverse range of Flora and Fauna, making it an appealing destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.

Early morning (6 AM to 10 AM) is the best time to visit because you will have a clear view of the surroundings, mountains, and valleys. Around Noon, it begins to become foggy, and you may not be able to see your surroundings. The best time to visit Horton National Park is between January and March.

12. Worlds End

13. Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple

14. Seetha Amman Temple in Nuwara Eliya

15. Blue Field Tea Plantations and Factories

16. Devon Falls

17. The Holy Trinity Church

18. Baker's Falls

19. Mohini Falls

20. Lover's Leap Falls

The Lover's Leap is a lovely waterfall hidden among the tea plantation slopes. Because the waterfalls are nearby, tourists can visit this location when visiting the Pedro Tea Estate. The waterfall is surrounded by myths and stories, making it even more fascinating and appealing. 

Tourists must trek up the hill to reach the waterfalls, one of the lesser-known and less-visited tourist destinations in Nuwara Eliya so that they can explore the area at their leisure. It is around 3.5 kilometers from the city center and is easily accessible by public transportation.

21. Dunsinane Falls

22. Kolapathana Ella Waterfall

23. Adma Agro Strawberry Farm

A trip to Nuwara Eliya would be incomplete without a stop at the Adma Agro Farm and plenty of strawberry eating. Strawberries need cooler temperatures. Therefore Nuwara Eliya is ideal for them. Eat them fresh off the plants, in a cafe with cream, condensed milk, or juice.

24. Laxapana Falls

25. St. Benedicts Monastery