Things to see
Nuwara Eliya Racecourse
The one and only race course remaining in Sri Lanka is 1868 metres (6129 ft.) above the sea level, which is also one of the highest of the world. And the race track is 1800 metres circumference with around 300 metres of straight distance. The Governor Samuel Baker’s brother John Baker is known for introducing horse racing to Nuwara Eliya and it all began with him creating a training course on the hill for his English thoroughbreds.
Horton Plains National Park / Worlds end
If you want get that silent, strange feel that you have arrived the end of the world, the trek towards and within Horton Plains National Park up until the World’s End, is one of the best ways you could. Hike upwards to the Sri Lanka’s second and third largest mountain peaks Kirigalpoththa and Thotupala Kanda and explore via the plains covered with wild grasslands, sudden patches of forestry, rocky outcrops and waterfalls and lakes surrounded by the mist.
Ambewela Farm / New Zealand Farm
You will be able to find 02 farms in Nuwara Eliya – The Ambewela Farm and The New Zealand Farm. You will be able to find the Ambewela farm before reaching Ambewela and the New Zealand Farm while passing 1km from Ambewela. The Ambewela Farm a beautiful reservoir, a Seed Potato Producing Center, a Vegetable Farm, endless grasslands full of captivating greenery, Rabbits, Cattle, Pigs, Goats and Cows. You will require no special permission to visit the farm but must make sure of the times.
Mackwoods Tea factory
Popularly known as the Mackwoods Labookellie Factory is the first tea factory in Sri Lanka that was awarded with ISO 9001:2000 for its quality standards maintain in the process of tea production. Nuwara Eliya is considered the heart of the best tea country Sri Lanka – while the Mackwoods Labookellie lies there at an elevation of 200m.
Pedro Tea Factory
Pedro’s Tea Factory lies on the hills, approximately 3.5km from the Nuwara Eliya town with the tea plantations, the Lover’s Leap Ethical Tea Boutique and a small factory – which is a quite fascinating place to visit. If you are just curious on what Lover’s Leap means you will find a waterfall nearby by the same name, which was named after an ancient prince and his lover leapt to their death rejecting to get separated from here.
Seetha Amman Temple
The world famous Ramayana has its bits and pieces written about places in Sri Lanka and most of those places revered by the people who follow Hinduism at certain parts of the world. The Sita Amman Temple is dedicated to Princess Sita – the wife of King Rama is on a little mountain peak at Nuwara Eliya.
Galway's Land National Park
Simply, it is getaway in the heart of the city Nuwara Eliya. the park was initially declared to conserve the ecosystems and certain eco-groups considers that the Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya and Galway’s Land welcomes about 20 migrant rare bird species and houses 30 native bird species – which is considerable number.
The highest mountain and the forest reserve with the top most elevation is simply what Pidurutalagala is. Nuwara Eliya being a mountain valley with a number of waterfalls starting from its peak – Pidurutalagala is considered the grandfather of them all. The mountain is 8292 feet above the sea level.
Located in the southern part of the hill country, this peak has inspired devotees of several religions who hike up in the season of Adam’s Peak with their beliefs for more than 1000 years. Some call it Adam’s Peak – believing it the first place Adam set foot on earth after cast out of heaven.
Nine Arch Bridge
A massive and unbelievable construction built between the two railway stations of Demodara and Ella in the British Colonial Era is the Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. 3100 feet above the sea level with 99.6 feet height in the bridge is also called the ‘the ahas namaye paalama’ – The Nine Skies Bridge.
Historical post office building in Nuwara Eliya
Call it the ‘Nuwara Eliya Thapal Kaaryaalaya’, and that is how exactly the people of Sri Lanka call their oldest Post Office situated in the center of the Nuwara Eliya City. Once again like most constructions in the town, this was also built by the British in 1894 to the unique Tudor-style – as a two storied red brick building and a clock spire.