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    Best time to Visit Nuwara Eliya: Whole Year

    Category : Nature Explorer: Nature Explorer

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Nuwara Eliya is calm, peaceful and scenic city of Sri Lanka. It is the perfect place for relaxation because of the fresh climate. Located at a height of 1868 m, the place is known for its tea plantation.
    Nuwara Eliya will greet you by the fresh wintry atmosphere, the cottage type bungalows and the colonial air. ( Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England”).

     

    The top attractions of Nuwara Eliya is Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the famous Seetha Amman temple - a colorful Hindu shrine decorated with religious figures and the densely forested Galway's Land National Park.


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    Sita Amman temple / Seetha Amman Temple / Seetha Eliya

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    Sita Amman Temple (Seetha Eliya) is said to be built on the sides of the stream where Seetha Devi bathed. The temple was erected for Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is also believed to be the place where Sita prayed for Lord Ram to come and rescue her everyday when she was held captive by the king Rawana. It is interesting to note that foot prints similar to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river. You can also see ancient statues of Rama and Sita on one side of the temple. Sita Amman temple that is seen today is a modern building with paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures, all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita. Asoka Vatika was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayanaya.
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      Hakgala Botanical Gardens

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      Hakgala Botanical Gardens is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming meeting took place between Sita and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him.
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        Divurumpola Raja Maha Viharaya / Divurumpola temple Welimada

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        This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Divurumpola means place of oath.
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          Gregory lake

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          Gregory lake is a beautiful lake near Nuwara Eliya. It is famous for boating.
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            Victoria Park

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            Victoria Park is a beautiful park in the center of the city.
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              Galway's Land National Park

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              Galway's Land National Park is densely forested national park with variety of animals.
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                Lover's leap

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                Lover's leap is a beautiful Waterfall in Nuwara Eliya, situated close to a tea estate.
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                  Pedro Tea Factory

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                  Sri Lanka being one of the top tea producers; it is a must to visit any of the tea factory/musuem to see the live action of tea production. Pedro Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya, offers this delight to tourists, to see how tea is made.
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                    Bale Bazaar

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                    Bale Bazaar also called the Winter Market; is the prominent shopping area in the place.
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                      Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple Ramboda

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                      Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda is usually visited on the way from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. This is a beautiful temple located on the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. The temple is at a 30 km distance from Nuwara Eliya.
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                        Ramboda waterfall

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                        Ramboda waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in Ramboda.
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                          Ella

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                          Ella is at a distance of 55 kms from Nuwara Eliya. Ella, a small mountain near Bandarawela, boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where, local legend dictates, Ravana hid Sita. This is most famous hill country village located in the Badulla district where one can relax in the hill area where you can find plenty of guest house. You can experience the glow of light house at the night and visit tea plantation and experience the view points of Ella.
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                            Horton Plains National Park

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                            Horton Plains National Park is at a distance of 28 kms from Nuwara Eliya. It is highly protected area located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The plains are covered with grasslands and cloud forest which is popular for the walkers which gives the fabulous view point of endless view point of Worlds end.
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                              Sri Pada / Adam's Peak

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                              Adam's Peak is a 7,300 foot tall conical mountain and is sacred to several different religions. Although it takes 4 hours to climb the peak with 5500 steps, you will find religious people climbing it everyday to offer their prayers. This place has many names, based on the legendary stories associated with it. It's refered as Adam’s Peak (the place where Adam first set foot on earth after being cast out of heaven), Sri Pada (Sacred Footprint, left by the Buddha as he headed towards paradise), or perhaps most poetically as Samanalakande (Butterfly Mountain; where butterflies go to die). The peak tourist season is between December to May.
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                                Udawalawe National Park

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                                Udawalawe National Park is at a distance of 150 kms from Nuwara Eliya. This is one of the best national park in Sri Lanka which is located northern boundary as you can experience in seeing many wild elephants and species which are famous in the park.
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                                  Nuwara Eliya is well connected by bus and train

                                  By Train
                                  Nanuoya is the nearest railway head, which is 10 kms away from Nuwara Eliya. It has frequent trains from Colombo and Kandy.

                                   

                                  By Bus
                                  Buses can be taken from Colombo or Kandy to reach Nuwara Eliya. But due to traffic and transport condition, the duration of travel is very high.

                                   

                                  You can book a Nuwara Eliya sightseeing tour from Navigers, and have your private vehicle for your entire Sri Lanka holiday.

                                   

                                  Here are some distances from Nuwara Eliya's neighbouring cities:
                                  Colombo    -    166 kms
                                  Kandy -    76 kms
                                  Bentota - 229 kms