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The best attractions & experiences in Nuwara Eliya

A highlight for many visitors is having High Tea at the Grand Hotel. This landmark building, built in 1891, is a fine example of colonial splendour at its best. Be transported back to a more refined era as you tuck into a mouth-watering selection of dainty cakes and sandwiches on the manicured lawn and sip cups of - you guessed it - tea. 

And while we’re on the subject of tea, no trip to Nuwara Eliya is complete without taking a plantation tour. Follow the life of the tea leaf from the fields to the factories and admire the scenic hill views. 

If you’re looking for something a little more active, hiking in Horton Plains National Park is a must. Nuwara Eliya is a great base for exploring this wildlife-rich park, which is famous for its rich biodiversity and epic cliff-top views at World’s End. Just make sure you don’t forget your camera for those envy-inducing Instagram snaps. 

Another major attraction for those staying in Nuwara Eliya is Pidurutalagala peak. Piercing the clouds at 2,524 metres high, Sri Lanka’s highest mountain dominates the central highlands landscape. Take a hair-raising road trip to the summit and marvel at the panoramic vistas. Even if you’re not blessed with a clear day, the journey alone will be an experience to remember. 

To make the most of your time in Nuwara Eliya, you can add an Experience Pack to tailor your trip around your interests. For example, our ‘Authentic’ pack offers the chance to go on a scenic train journey through the mountains, while our ‘Foodie’ pack includes High Tea at the Grand Hotel. Check out our itinerary builder to see what other experiences and activities you can choose.

Experiences and attractions in Nuwara Eliya

Horton Plains National Park

Imagine standing on the edge of the cliff, looking out across rolling valleys dotted with tiny tea plantations some 4,000 feet below. The aptly-named World’s End viewpoint is the most popular attraction in Horton Plains National Park - and it’s not difficult to see why. Trust us when we say the views really will take your breath away.

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