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Nuwara Eliya – the tea capital and a breath of fresh air in Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is like no where else in Sri Lanka. It’s nestled in the mountains amongst endless tea fields which look like a green velvet carpet hugging the valley.

The air is fresh, the temperature is cooler and the vibe is different to other northern towns.

The sun sets over the mountain peaks in vibrant pinks and purples. This place is beautiful and for me it shares a closer likeness to Nepal than any other area.


We chose to stay outside of town at Mount Lake Inn which costs 5,700 LKR with breakfast included in the off season. This is a quaint place along the way to Horton Plains National Park with exceptionally friendly staff. The view of Kande Ella Dam is fantastic and the rooms are large, comfortable and clean. Book your stay here and save >>

Mount Lake Inn Nuwara Eliya Photo source: Instagram @monarc_management


The only place to eat in Nuwara Eliya is The Grand India associated with The Grand Hotel. The food was the best we’ve had in Sri Lanka so far and the service is unbeatable. Yes, it’s Indian food and not Sri Lankan but honestly it was the best non-western meal we’ve had since arriving.

What to do

Explore the tea fields

Cost: Free

Get a tea factory tour and gain a greater appreciation of how tea makes it way to your pot. The tours are free and include tastings. We visited Glenloch Tea Factory, picked some fresh leaves and then bought our weight in tea. They also make chocolates there too which are a yummy treat.

Glenloch Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya | Explore Sri Lanka with Spirit Quest Travel

Picking fresh tea leaves.
Glenloch Tea Factory, Sri Lanka | Visit Spirit Quest Travel to learn more

Glenloch Tea Factory, Sri Lanka

Horton Plains National Park

Cost: 60 LKR per local adult, 2625 LKR per foreign adult, 1400 LKR service charge and 125 LKR per vehicle. In total it cost us 7860.25 LKR for 3 adults.

Hike the 9km Worlds End circuit in the pursuit of Leopards and fantastic vistas. Yes, you read correctly, there’s leopards in this national park and you’re on foot. The walk is relatively flat and your wander through forests, jungles and open plains. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, the purple faced leaf monkey aka Bear Monkey and birds.

World's End Hike in Horton Plains National Park | Explore Sri Lanka with Spirit Quest TravelTaking in the views of the knuckle ranges.

Visit the old post office

The old post office in Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Thanks to @stroll_journal for providing this image.

Send home a postcard from one of the oldest post offices in Sri Lanka.

View Gregory Lake

View Gregory Lake | Visit Spirit Quest Travel for more info. Thanks to @cocoetin for providing this image.

Take a boat around the lake, wander, hire a bike, have a pony ride or simply sit and admire its beauty. Gregory Lake or Lake Gregory was constructed in 1873 by British Governor Sir William Gregory and is now used as a family friendly place to visit.

If you want to experience Sri Lanka without the hassle of organising daily transport then we 100% recommend Nuwan from I Drive Sri Lanka  We spent 10 days with Nuwan travelling around Sri Lanka and absolutely loved it.

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