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Nuwara Eliya

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Things to do: nature, wildlife areas, parks

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas. Founded by a British explorer in the 19th century, the fledgling tea plantation town became popular with British growers and administrators thanks to its temperate climate. Well preserved and atmospheric, old colonial buildings and plantations provide a charming backdrop for tours of Nuwara Eliya. Most domestic tourists arrive during April to celebrate the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. During that time, the ambience in town completely changes as crowds pack in and party in the old colonial hotels and in the main square. Take stress off the schedule by using our Sri Lanka vacation planner.
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British colonial buildings house many of the best hotels and guesthouse in Nuwara Eliya. Nostalgia-inducing villas dot the areas just outside of the town center, located near historic tea plantations and enjoying extensive views of the landscape. You can find budget hostels, hotels, and guesthouses close to the main bus station.
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