Many of us have often dreamed of being amongst the clouds accompanied by peace and happiness, away from the hustle and bustle of our ever-stressful lives in towns and cities. Nuwara Eliya is one such district in the hill country of Sri Lanka. Its name means “city of light” or “city on the plain.”
What gives Nuwara Eliya its uniqueness is its profuse and flourishing green plantations of tea. Nuwara Eliya has a truly blessed climatic condition making it the coolest place in Sri Lanka.
The hill station – Nuwara Eliya is thriving with the lush green plantations, a source of income for many people living there. There are ladies employed to pick up the right leaves from the plantations. A lot of skill is involved in plucking the right kind of leaves. These leaves are then sent to the factory for processing and making different kinds of tea. The entire process is demonstrated in the factory. Amongst the famous tea factories and plantations, there is the Pedro Factory, Damro Factory, and the mackwoods tea museum.
This agro climatic district of Nuwara Eliya is also famous for its Ceylon tea. It is made up of the dried leaves of the plant named Camellia Sinesis. It usually had in boiling water but some prefer it in milk. The Ceylon tea is known to have several health and weight loss benefits, and aids in increasing the rate of metabolism.
Apart from the tea plantations, the place is also famous for its beautiful valleys and gardens sprawling with trees that have a never-ending height. The Victoria Park and Galway’s Land park are amongst the oldest botanical gardens. Sprawling with unique species of trees and bushes, these botanical gardens form a major tourist attraction.
Nuwara Eliya is not only about the deep valleys and the castle of clouds, but its also home to the Lake Gregory. The lake is a tourist hub for speed boating, duck watching or cycling by the lakeside. Its surrounded by alluring and colorful flowers making the place as pretty as a picture.
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The tea estates are spread over hundreds of acres of land, making it humanly impossible to visit them all. One can also take a walk along the tea estates and see the exquisite waterfalls known as St. Clair’s Falls. It the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka and definitely worth a visit.
If you’re an adventure seeker and nature lover, then hiking on the moon plains should be a must do. Its an open area surrounded by fields and forests and paths that cross mountains.
Apart from doing all the touristy activities here, a trip to Nuwara Eliya can be also be partially spent by finding a suitable home or room with a pleasing view. Sometimes just being by yourself is retail therapy and when you are surrounded by magnificence in the form of fog, mist, clouds, valleys, lakes its all the more effective.
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Nuwara Eliya is rightly called “little England” on account of its temperate climatic conditions. Its no less than England in any aspect. Nuwara Eliya simply adds to the beauty of Sri Lanka, giving it a happy and cheerful vibe throughout the year. The aesthetic feel of the place will make you want to stay longer and probably make you want to visit it all the time.
I was invited by Srilanka Tourism Promotion Bureau on a FAM Trip but as always, all opinions are my own.
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