Top Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya

Top 11 Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

‘The little England’ or ‘The heart of Sri Lanka’ are the synonymous names personifying the beauty of Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by lush greenery, pleasant climate and freshness, this valley is certainly ‘The Paradise of Sri Lanka’. 

Often registered as the recreational hub of Sri Lanka, Nuawara Eliya holds ‘n’ number of spots which will certainly put you in maze. To, make this trip a satisfactory, here is the ‘Top 11 things to do and see in Nuwara Eliya…!’


1) Take a Boat Ride on Gregory Lake

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Lake Gregory

‘Nature or Nurture”. The only phrase which hammers you when you visit the place.

What is a perfect day being to you? A subtle boat ride, gentle breeze, blue lake and lush greenery. Isn’t it? Your perception is on its reality when you experience the boat ride on Gregory Lake. Eventually, the most attraction spot in Nuwara Eliya, providing a perfect place for relaxation and recreational activities.

Now a man-made lake, earlier it was a swamp area which got transformed by British Government in 1873. In ‘today-time’ a plethora of activities have introduced making it a more wanted place. Two-seater swan boat, horse-riding, bike-riding and many water sports made the place an active one.

Thereby, Gregory Lake would definitely be the numero uno in the Top 11 things to do in Nuwara Eliya…!



2) Enjoy a Stroll in Victoria Park

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Victoria Park

Oh! Nothing is more refreshing to have a pleasant walk amidst nature. We urbanities somehow have lost this touch of nature in the race of advancement. Aren’t we?

But in this trip of Nuwara Eliya the bond gets recreated when you will get lost in aesthetic nature. Victoria Park is the destined place that will lull you into nature’s lap. Named after Queen Victoria on the coronation ceremony of Queen in 1897. Although the park is a research ground of Haggala Botanical Garden, but highly welcomes tourist for gaining a me-time. Moreover, it is home to various foreign species of trees and habitat for numerous bird. The place is at its best during April.

Either sit a while on the soft grass or stroll by the pavement, the place relish you with fresh mountain breeze.

Thus, it holds number 2 position in the ‘Top 11 things to do in Nuwara Eliya’ chart list!


3) Roam the Winter Market

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Shopping

When it is about shopping, it should be listed within top 5, right? And thereby, here we go…!

Winter Market is the sweet treasure box of various woolly apparels. Right in the center of Nuwara Eliya, the market piles you up to buy most of it. From colorful beanies to hoodies and cardigans, it charms every passerby.

‘The quick peep and quick pick’ is the best tagline which befits the market. The place provide tourist to have items from 100 LKR which give an easy buy. One of the interesting fact is that although it’s coined ‘winter market’ but it sells throughout the year.


4) Check Out the Post Office

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Post Office British Building

 Next in the ‘Top 11 things to do in Nuwara Eliya’ chart is exploring the Nuwara Eliya Post Offfice…!

Although it sounds a usual one but it treasures many interesting elements making it a popular visit. Located in the center of the valley, the post office is one of the oldest location in Sri Lanka. Built with orange roof and red bricked walls and beautiful lawn giving it a Victorian touch, attracts every individual. Although it wholly dealt with mailing purpose by British in British Colonial time, now it lingers a bustling attraction.

It was in 2012 that the top floor of Nuwara Eliya Post Office was constructed as holiday bungalow. One needs permission to accommodate the Victorian building and enjoy the antique aura.


5) Eat Strawberries at Adma Agro Farm 

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Adma Agro Strawberry Farm

‘Eat Until your appetite hurt!’

The perfect pick line which will simply indulge you in the aromatic flavor of strawberry at Adma Agro Farm.  And probably your trip would remain incomplete if you haven’t visit Adma Agro Farm. From viewing the plantation farm to tasting the ranges of strawberry delicacies, this place is worth visiting.

One glutton their appetite by tasting items like pizza, smoothie, pancakes, chocolates all made of strawberry and many more.

Thereby for me it holds the perfect spot in number 5 in the chart list!


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6) Visit Ambewela Farm

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Ambewela Farm

Next in the row is Ambewala Farm!

The farm is one of the largest dairy farm in Sri Lanka. The visit to this farm gives you a proper sketch what a country side look like. Stretching across the vast acre, one can glance cows freely grazing over the green belt. Moreover, the farm is a way big which certainly provides you a pleasant walk.

Besides, it has got milk stations and nursery stations which give a pleasant look out. Up in the hill, the café station provides tourist to consume fresh milk and buy fresh cheese. Overall, the place is a lovely one which would long you to stay for hours.


7) Walk around Teas Estates and See St. Clair’s Falls

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Waterfalls

What is the basic things that is sketched about a mountain scenario?


The green belt, humongous cascades, gentle breeze and of course tea estates at both the sides of the road. And here are the ones in Nuwara Eliya with numerous tea estates and bountiful tea factories to get explored. Tea estates of various sizes and shapes which add extra beauty in decorating the nature’s paradise even more.

Amidst the lush greenery, just a little away from Nuwara Eliya is St. Clair’s fall. St. Clair’s Falls is one of the largest falls in Sri Lanka which worth your visit in Nuwara Eliya.

Thus for me it holds number 7 position in the chart list!


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8) Take a Hike on Moon Plains

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Moon Plains

When it’s about mountain, it’s about hiking!

Whether its amidst rugged land or evergreen forest, hiking is fun to carry in mountains. And such is in Nuwara Eliya where adventure seeker gets most to it. Moon Plains is the designation place which enriches every nature lover. The path is absolute love laid with fields, forests and mountains giving a pleasant hike. The place gives you the lost serenity and definitely the best part to spend your day in open.

Thereby, it’s on number 8 in “Top 10 things to do in Nuwara Eliya”.


9) Smell the Flowers at Hakgala Botanical Garden

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Hakgala Botanical Garden

Next in the list on number 9 is have to be the famous Hakgala Botanical Garden …! Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the largest garden in Sri Lanka. It is believed that it is the highest altitude botanical garden in the world. As far the mythological story it is said that here was Sita kept when she was abducted by Ravana. And one can notice a temple associated by the garden paying gratitude to Sita.

Nonetheless, the garden will definitely make you spellbound with its ranges of roses, orchids and many other species. There are many sections in the garden each displaying a unique feature. The garden abounds over 10,000 species of plants and perhaps spring is the best season to get visited here. Overall a must visits to see such amazing bunch of flowers blooming all through the area.


10) Hike Along Horton Plains to World’s End

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - World's End

If you are a Hike lover, then Horton Plains would be your ultimate love!

South of Ambewela and high up in the mountain is the Horton Plains leading to the World’s End. Well…!

To get precise, World’s End is nothing an edge from huge cliff or specifically the end of Horton Plain. The place fits for the expert as its quite an intermediate route mixture of both greenery and rugged land.

If you are looking for the top-notch hiking place in Sri Lanka, then this is it! Thus it’s in number 10 in ‘top 11 things to do in Nuawara Eliya’. If You want an extra gimmick to your trip then hike all the way to Horton’s Plain!


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11) Visit Galway’s Land National Park

Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya - Galway's land National Park

Surrounded by rich vegetation, Galway’s Land National Park is Sri Lanka’s newest as well as smallest national park. Back in 1973 the place was declared as the wildlife sanctuary. It was during 2006 that it entitled as a National Park. It is located in the city limits which paves an easy route

The place is highly popular for bird life, 10 endangered Sri Lankan species and many other.  And perhaps another beautiful place in Nuwara Eliya to submit in the midst of nature.Moreover, one should equip oneself with camera and binocular to experience a beautiful view.

If you are a passionate bird watcher, then this place is an absolute bliss! With rich scenery, huge green belts and beautiful wildlife, the place is worth a visit!


And here we complete the list of “Top 11 things to do in Nuwara Eliya”. Give it a try to experience the best of it in Sri Lanka…!

Last Updated on November 12, 2018 by Rohan

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