Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya

Enveloped by tea plantations in the cool climes of Sri Lanka’s highlands, Nuwara Eliya was established by the ruling British in the 19th century. The centre of the town is a charming Victorian relic, a kitsch version of a small English village, complete with post office and golf course amongst other relics. This is the place to escape the heat of the lowlands and get out to do some hiking - there are numerous waterfalls in the area, enjoy the ambience of one of the lovely colonial hotels and explore the origins of tea at the numerous plantations.

What to see

Tea Plantations

Tea Plantations

Nestled amongst vast tracts of tea-covered hills and valleys, occasionally broken by waterfalls and lush vegetation, Nuwara Eliya is the hub of Sri Lanka’s tea production thanks to its cool climate and lashings of rain. Several of the tea factories around the town offer guided tours where you can walk through the fields and see the machinery in use – generally the factories are the originals built in the late 19th century, adding a little heritage to the mix. Rounded off with a tea sampling there’s no better way to get a taste of old Ceylon.

Where to stay

Heritance Tea Factory

A boutique hotel housed in a converted tea factory, the Heritance offers the ultimate Sri Lankan tea experience. The hotel was built during the British rule with stylish rooms reflecting this with their colonial theme, with views overlooking the surrounding plantation. Relax in the spa, pluck your own tea and watch it being processed in the mini Tea Factory (you can take it home too) and dine in a 1930s railway carriage in this unique and charming hotel.

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