Best Things To Do in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

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THINGS TO SEE

With no dearth of beautiful places in this resort town, there are many tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Horton Plains National Park: With attractions such as World’s End and Baker’s Falls, Horton National Park is one of the most popular National Park in Sri Lanka and is regarded as one of the must-see places to visit in Nuwara Eliya. The park is home to a variety of Flora and Fauna making it an interesting place for the Wild life and Nature enthusiasts.
  • Gregory Lake: This Lake was built during the British ruling in India by Sir William Gregory. The purpose of building this lake is believed to be to generate electricity for the City. It is mainly used for water sports and other recreational activities.
  • Queen Victoria Park: Various lakes flowing through the Park and rare species of Birds make it a great tourist attraction. Adding to it is wide array of beautiful flowers.
  • Galways Land Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is home to around 20 species of rare foreign birds, and approximately 30 species of domestic birds, attracting birdwatchers in large numbers.
  • Bluefield tea gardens: This tea factory provides a tour of the production facility, different grades of tea, and the processes for each type. They even have tea tasting for each guest afterwards and can shop for the same as well.
  • Sita Temple: It is located in the village called “Seetha Eliya”. It is believed that Sita was held captive here after being kidnapped by Ravana.
  • Hakgala Botanic Gardens: It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. It is home to approximately 10,000 varieties of flowers, and the blooms are at its peak during spring. It’s famous for Orchids and Roses planted here. The garden also finds its mention in Ramayana as “Ashok Vatika”.
  • Nuwara Eliya Golf Course: The course is an 18 hole, 6070 yard, Par 70 layout. It was completed in 1889, and currently has 2000 members.
  • Pedro Tea Factory: Tour is provided for all the visitors at this tea factory at Nuwara Eliya. They also have tea tasting at the end of the tour.
  • Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple: This temple was built by Chinmaya Mission, Sri Lanka. It attracts tourists in large numbers, as it has historical importance.
  • Holy Trinity Church: A beautiful church that takes you back in history with its English architecture. A must see.
  • The Hill Club: The Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya has 4 clay tennis courts. Entrance fee is inclusive of balls and racquet.

THINGS TO DO

SHOPPING

  • New Bazaar Street: Head to the market on New bazaar street for winter/ trekking wear, or outdoor gear from garment factories.
  • Fruit & Veggies: For wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies, head to the market opposite Badulla police station.
  • T- Sip: It is a fair trade shop selling tea leaves, set up by the Government to help fund the Community projects. 

Below we have a list of things to do in Nuwara Eliya and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Nuwara Eliya getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Nuwara Eliya with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Nuwara Eliya

Here is the list of things to do in Nuwara Eliya and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Lounge At Grand Hotel

    Hotel, Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Leisure

     If you would like to drink and be merry in style, then do visit the Lounge at the Grand Hotel. The place is adorned by an open fire and vintage posters. 
  2. Horton Plains National Park

    4.6 (1933 Votes)
    Horton Plains National Park

    Outdoors, National Park, Walking Area, Entertainment

    With attractions such as World’s End and Baker’s Falls, Horton National Park is one of the most popular National Park in Sri Lanka and is regarded as a Must-see. The park is home to a variety of Flora and Fauna making it an interesting place for the Wild life and Nature enthusiasts alike. Best time to visit is early in the morning (6 AM to 10 AM) as it will let you have a clear view...Read more
  3. The Hill Club

    4.1 (1998 Votes)
    The Hill Club

    Court

    The Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya has 4 clay tennis courts. Entrance fee is inclusive of balls and racquet.
  4. Gregory Lake

    4.6 (2342 Votes)
    Gregory Lake

    Lake

    This lake was built during the British ruling in India by Sir William Gregory. The purpose of building this lake is believed to be to generate electricity for the City. It is mainly used for water sports and other recreational activities by locals and tourists alike. It sees the most crowds in the month of April due to the festivities and holidays. Races like Nuwara Eliya Road race and the Lake...Read more
  5. Bluefield Tea Gardens
    This tea factory is a hub for fresh varieties of teas. It provides a tour of the production facility, different grades of tea, and the processes of each type. They even have tea tasting for each guest afterwards and can shop for the same as well. They also have a restaurant for the visitors to have Breakfast and Lunch. Tea lounge here lets the visitors taste freshly brewed teas along with the C...Read more
  6. Single Tree Hill

    4.6 (1547 Votes)
    Single Tree Hill

    Outdoors, Hill, Nature

     A 90 minute walk from the Queen Elizabeth Road till Haddon Hill Road is a good way to appreciate the nature.
  7. Queen Victoria Park

    Water Body, Park

    The Park was named after the Queen to comrade the 60th Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The park is spread across 27 acres of land, and is home to numerous species of trees and plants. Adding beauty to it are various lakes that pass through this park. One can spot rare species of birds in this park like - Indian Blue Robin, Pled Thrush or Scaly Thrush, and Kashmir Flycatcher. Best time to vis...Read more
  8. Sita Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    Located in the village called “Seetha Eliya”, it is believed that Sita was held captive here after being kidnapped by Ravana. It is a kilometer away from Hakgala Botanical Garden.
  9. Hakgala Botanic Gardens

    4.4 (1581 Votes)
    Hakgala Botanic Gardens

    Botanical Garden, Walking Area, Leisure

    It lies under the Hakgala Peak, elevated at 5000-6000 feet, making it one of the highest in the World. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. It is home to approximately 10,000 varieties of flowers, and the blooms are at its peak during spring. It’s famous for Orchids and Roses planted here. The garden also finds its mention in Ramayana as “Ashok Vatika”.
  10. Nuwara Eliya Golf Course

    4.4 (1499 Votes)
    Nuwara Eliya Golf Course

    Golf Course, Food And Drinks, Dine In, Restaurant

    The course was built by a Scottish officer for the British officials who were posted here at Nuwara Eliya. Situated at the foot of Mountains - Piduruthalagala (Mount Pedro), The Great Western and Hakgala; surrounded by scenic tea gardens, the course is an 18 hole, 607 yard and par 70 layout. The club has 2000 members currently. It is the only Course that has all the holes visible from the Club ...Read more
  11. Victoria Inn

    2.7 (1798 Votes)
    Victoria Inn

    Food And Drinks, Cafe

    After the long and tiring walk at the Victoria Park, one can relax at this restaurant for an afternoon tea, or choose from a variety of coffee they have to offer. It also serves simple meals.
  12. Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

    4.6 (2718 Votes)
    Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    This temple was built by Chinmaya Mission, Sri Lanka. It attracts tourists in large numbers, due to its historical importance. Legend has it that this was the place where Lord Hanuman took rest while on his way to search Sita. The view from the temple is breathtaking as it is located on an elevated path.
  13. Pedro Tea Factory
    This tea factory is closest to the town, compared to the other tea factories. Tea produced here is popular all over the world, and is one of high priced as well. An half an hour tour is provided at this tea factory at Nuwara Eliya. Since the tea processed here is very light, it generally takes place at night.
  14. Holy Trinity Church

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    A beautiful church that takes you back in history with its English architecture. It has preserved the stained glass window given to the Church by Queen Elizabeth II. Built to resemble Canterbury Church of England, it is situated between Piduruthalagala and Kikilimana and is regarded as a Must see.
  15. Lakeview Pub

    3.1 (1289 Votes)
    Lakeview Pub

    Outdoors, Food And Drinks, Pubs, Entertainment

    This spot is popular amongst the locals and tourists alike due to the lovely Lakeview terrace, while enjoying a game or two of billiards and darts. Head out to this Pub for a relaxed evening, or a late night drink.