Nuwara Eliya Tourism

Blessed with pleasant climate, lush green mountains and tea plantations, breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful valleys and meadows, Sri Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya makes for a perfect getaway destination.

Nuwara Eliya means “City of Lights”. It is also known as “Little England” owning to its architecture that resembles to an English country town. Situated at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 feet) in a picturesque landscape, it was built entirely during the 19th century.

The picture perfect town of Nuwara Eliya is ideal to relax and rewind. Take your pick from long walks at the plantations, spend the day at scenic waterfalls or pamper yourself at the Spa, play Golf, or enjoy a Horse ride. One can also choose from Boating, Hiking or exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens. If you are a Tea lover then it makes for a yet another reason to visit this beautiful resort town as Nuwara Eliya is considered to be the most important location for producing tea in Sri Lanka.

Essential travel information and Nuwara Eliya tips for your visit

  • Pick pockets and Safes: If you are planning to carry the valuables and important documents along, make sure to hold them in front of your body, so as to avoid any mishap. If you are planning to leave it behind, make sure you keep it safe at the Hotel lockers. Check with the Hotel if they provide any such facility before you book.
  • Tipping: Tipping is part of the culture, and you are under an unspoken obligation to follow it.
  • What to Wear: Cover yourself modestly, and don’t forget to pack few warm clothes and a raincoat. It will save you from the changing weather, and unwanted stares from the locals, as Sri Lanka is a conservative country.
  • Touts: Beware of the touts claiming to help you as they will undoubtedly lead you to shops/ sellers wherein they can earn more commission off you. Be firm in saying “No, thank you” and be polite always. When in doubt, always ask your guide and/or driver, and they will be able to help you.
  • Bargaining: Do not get into bargaining at small shops if you have no intention of purchasing the good. It is frowned upon by the locals, and is considered rude.
  • Hygiene and Precaution: Use only bottled water at all times. Avoid eating any raw food outside of the hotels, such as salad. There are very few public washrooms along the way, bear this in mind when planning a long journey.
  • Bugs: Make sure to pack an insect repellant cream or spray along. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Nuwara Eliya

  • Know the pollution level of Nuwara Eliya before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • How safe is Nuwara Eliya for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nuwara Eliya.

    • Burglary and Theft 60.71 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.67 (High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 63.33 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 35 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60 (High)
    • Safety Index 46.53 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 69.18 (High)
    • Pollution Index 63.36 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 58.8 (High)
    • Health Care Index 85 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 18.13 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Nuwara Eliya

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 16.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 29.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.22 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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