Nuwara Eliya

Even Nuwara Eliya’s name is lovely – it means ‘city on the plain’ or ‘city of light’. This hill-country city is sitting pretty in Sri Lanka’s Central Province. Perched at a lofty altitude of 1,868 metres, it’s an important centre of tea-production. The city sits in the shade of Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain: Pidurutalagala. It’s the coolest part of Sri Lanka, with a mild, temperate climate that’s well suited to tea-plantation strolls and treks. The weather suited the British colonists, too: at one point, the city was called Little England, and used as a country retreat by the Brits, who indulged in some of their favourite pastimes here: fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

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