Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya - the "city of lights", is the highest town in Sri Lanka.


Nuwara Eliya is a hill station in a picturesque mountain valley at an elevation of 1,868 m (6,128 ft). The city is particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass contributes to the locality’s reputation to be Sri Lanka’s best example for the former "colonial British style". Nuwara Eliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls and mock-Tudor half-timbering.

Nuwara Eliya is blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that it is only 180 kilometers away from the hot and humid Colombo. Temperatures are: 14-21 degrees C (Jan- April) 16-18 degrees C (May-Aug) and 15- 18 degrees C (Sept-Dec).


Ella - Breathtaking views, exhilarating treks


Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views you find in Sri Lanka.

Only 8 kilometers away from Bandarawela, this small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside. For a taste of Ella's breathtaking scenery just walk into the Garden of the Grand Ella Motel (Formerly Ella Rest House), where you seem to be standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you seems to disappear at your feet. Another fine view is from the Ambiente Hotel, where the wide doorway opens out to the mountains, creating a cinematic experience already on entry.

Some of the places you can see in Ella are the Ella Gap, the Ravana Ella waterfalls, the so-called “Little Adam's Peak” as well as Bambaragala Peak, to be reached on pleasant walks with stunning views.

Horton Plains

Horton Plains is a popular tourist destination, "World's End" being its most amazing attraction.


Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by mountain grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100 - 2,300 meters (6,900 - 7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity; even some species found here are endemic to the region. The plateau was designated a National Park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Nuwara Eliya.

The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture have been found here. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also an important bird area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park, but some studies suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon. Apart from the spectacular precipice called ‘World's End” the Baker's fall is among the noteworthy tourist attractions of the park.

Adam's Peak

Pilgrims ascend the mountain following different routes of stairways with thousands of steps.


Siri Pada (also "Adam's peak" Sinhalese Samanalakanda "Butterfly Mountain") is a 2,243 meters (7,359 ft) tall conical conspicuous mountain located at the southwestern edge of Sri Lanka’s central highlands. It is well known for the eponymous “Sri Pada” meaning "sacred footprint", being a 1.8 meters (5 ft 11 in) impression in a rock formation on its summit. In Buddhist tradition it is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim and Christian tradition that of Adam.