Nuwara Eliya is a popular holiday destination for Sri Lankans, especially during the hot months of April - September. The district comprises of 5 divisional secretariat divisions: Nuwara Eliya, Kothmale, Hanguranketha, Ginigathhena and Walapone.
The town which was a popular holiday spot developed by the colonialists and has buildings and streets named by the English. Though a prime holiday destination in its heyday and continuing to draw holiday season crowds today, the place has begun to have a dilapidated look and many prefer to pass through Nuwara Eliya as part of their bigger travel plans and accommodation stays in other mountainous areas that are less touristy.
Some of the sights to see in the central town are:
Close to the Nuwara Eliya town are several other places of interest:
There is a direct train from Colombo Fort and Kandy to Nanu Oya, from which a cab or three-wheeler can be hired to take you to your accommodation. The train takes about 9 -10 hours to reach Nanu Oya from Colombo.
Private transport is the best and fastest transport to Nuwara Eliya. It is a 7 hour drive from Colombo and therefore, private transport allows one to break the journey to pace it out.
It is easier to travel about with private transport.
Buses and three-wheelers are available.
In the town centre, there are numerous hotels which have restaurants so there is no difficulty of finding places to eat though these can be pricier than elsewhere in the district. There are also small eateries where a simple take-away meal can be purchased.
There is a nice cafe opposite the Hakgala gardens which offers reasonably priced lunches and dinners (rice and curry, burgers, sandwiches etc) as well as special meals with a strawberry theme: strawberry pancakes and waffles, strawberries and cream etc. Nuwara Eliya is the only place in Sri Lanka where strawberries are grown so it is a treat for Sri Lankans to have them fresh from the farms.
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There are three types of accommodation that are popular in the district: holiday bungalows are the most popular as many families usually go en masse to spend their holidays in this district; the hotels ranging from budget to upscale and the guesthouses/rooms in family homes for the backpacker and budget conscious.
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