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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The main park in Nuwara Eliya is called Victoria Park, in honor of Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee coronation in 1897. The park spreads out on 27 acres of land and is full of foreign trees and flowers. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“ Just 20 minutes (9.8km) by tuk tuk is Hakgala Botanical Garden, one of five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka and said to be the highest botanical garden in the world. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Waterfall
“A hike to this small, scenic waterfall also offers sweeping views of tea plantations & the city”
  • 5 locals recommend
Field
“Only if you are nature lover visit this place. If not this will be very boring place to you. Before this place was agricultural land. Sometimes you can see animal species which are specific to Sri Lanka. There is an observation place in moon plains. You can see mountain range in 360°view. And there is a border of central province of Sri Lanka and Uva province. You can capture group photos here with 360 ° view. It is very awesome. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lake
“A humongous Lake bounded by the greenery and covered with a mist at early mornings is what you will see here. But that is now – before 1827 the entire area was a swamp with streams which had water throughout the year where the British Governor Sir William Gregory converted it to Lake Gregory in 1873. The highest peak of Sri Lanka, Piduruthalagala streamed down the Thalagala River and Sir Gregory decided on damning it but years past with several additions and renovations to it including the Hydro Power station at Naanu Oya where eh waters of the Gregory lake were directed via a tunnel.”
  • 1 local recommends
Hindu Temple
“eetha Amman Temple is located approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from Hakgala Botanical Garden and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Nuwara Eliya. The temple is located in the village of Seetha Eliya (also known as Sita Eliya). This place is believed to be the site where Sita was held captive by (Vikram) king Ravana, and where she prayed daily for Rama to come and rescue her in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Lord Hanuman.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Golf Course
“The Nuwara Eliya golf course was constructed in 1889 by a Scottish soldier of the Gordon Highlanders for the British servicemen and officials who were posted at Nuwara Eliya. The course covers approximately 40.5 hectares (100 acres) of land and was originally built amidst the tea plantations of this central highland region. The course is located at an altitude of 1,830 metres (6,000 ft) above sea level. It is an 18-hole, 5,851 m (6,399 yd), Par 70 layout – the scorecard is in metres however the distance from the yardage markers to the edge of the green are measured in yards. The golf club currently has over 2,000 members.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lot of options are on offer at Lake Gregory : Jogging, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Boat Riding or just sit down on a bench and relax!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This popular venue offers a variety of authentic indian cuisine, which is prepared by a celebrity chef who hails from North India.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Factory
“Visitors can have a idea about how tea is making from step A to Z. It will be a nice experience to visitors. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lake
“The cool air is lovely on the water and the sights are unbeatable. There is a calm park next to it with walkways and benches to rest on. There are horses roaming which are offered for rides”
  • 4 locals recommend
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Grocery or Supermarket
“Supermarket located in town centre. You can purchase all your groceries etc. from here.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Local buses run frequently from Nanu Oya to the centre of Nuwara Eliya. ... Be aware - road transport between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya is very slow.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“One of Sri Lanka's newest (2006) and smallest (29 sq hectares) national parks, Galway's Land is a dense patch of montane forest a couple of kilometres east of town. It is renowned for its birdlife, including 10 Sri Lankan endemics, as well as buffalo, wild boar, barking deer and other mammals. There's very little on-site information, but guides are available (by donation) from the park office and a 2km-long walking trail also leaves from here.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“This popular venue offers a variety of authentic indian cuisine, which is prepared by a celebrity chef who hails from North India.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pizza Place
Restaurant
“One of the best places in Nuwara Eliya, sometimes it gets crowded due to cost effectiveness and popularity.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 2 locals recommend
Snack Place
“No visit to Nuwara Eliya is complete without a visit to the Adma Agro Farm and lots of strawberry eating. Eat them off the plants or in the cafe with cream, condensed milk or drink in a juice!”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 2 locals recommend
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