When you are planning your trip to Sri Lanka, adding in at least a couple days to spend in Nuwara Eliya will surely enhance your experience. Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’ is nestled in the hill country with its own colonial charm and tea fields all around. Being in Nuwara Eliya will make you feel as if you have stepped into a completely different world.
Here are a few travel tips for when you are visiting Nuwara Eliya:
Travelling to Nuwara Eliya is pretty easy. You can choose to drive your own vehicle. It will be a 5-6 hour ride. This will let you take breaks in the middle and refresh yourself, if you want. If you are not willing to drive, then the easiest way would be to take the train. You can take the ‘Udarata Manike’ train, which goes from Colombo to Badulla. Your stop will be the Nanu Oya station. The train ride will have spectacular views of the mountains and tea fields.
From Nanu Oya, you can take the 715 bus, which is quite frequent, to Nuwara Eliya town. It will cost you less than LKR 30. If you want to take a tuk from the Nanu Oya station, there are many tuk drivers stationed there, but the cost is quite high (around LKR 400). You can take a direct bus from Colombo, if you prefer that option. It would cost less that LKR 150.
The weather in Nuwara Eliya is chilly, mostly ranging from 10 oC – 23 oC. During the day time, you can survive without an extra layer of clothing, however, nights do tend to get very cold. Make sure to pack some warm clothes and a few extra layers. Especially if you have asthma, it is better to cover up as much as you can.
To get around Nuwara Eliya, you can take a tuk. But walking around is highly recommended. The surroundings are very beautiful and has a charm of its own. The chilly weather doesn’t let you feel the tiredness either, therefore, walking is the best.
When it comes to accommodation, it ranges from cheap inns to luxury bungalows in Nuwara Eliya. Depending on your financial status, you can choose where to stay. There are many colonial styled bungalows that are quite amazing. Some even have long histories that date back to the time when the English was ruling over the island.
Keep these tips in mind when you are planning your trip to Nuwara Eliya and your trip will be a smooth ride.