Little England of Sri Lanka?! Wait, is that for real?
Well, yes it is. Welcome to the abode of the country's tea capital, a place that embodies the true spirit of Britain and has a historical significance that dates back to the era of Ramayana - Nuwara Eliya! (It almost feels like I'm narrating the last scene from the move 'RRR').
Words aren't sufficient to describe the beauty of this place! Nestled in the hilly regions of the central province in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is one of the most unique places I have visited so far, and I loved it so much that I decided to extend my stay here for a couple of more days!
This place is blessed with a chilly climate all year round.
History of Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is believed to be the place where Ravana kept Sita after abducting her from India. There is a temple called the 'Seeta Amman temple' which is believed to be the place where Lord Hanuman met Sita. Two gorges in the shape of a foot lay on the boulders. The locals believe that these were Lord Hanuman's footprints.
Fast forward to the era of the British, Nuwara Eliya was used by the English colonialists for their recreational activities when they ruled over Sri Lanka. They spent time here hunting wild animals and playing golf. There is a magnanimous golf course here and almost every house in the region looks like a colonial style bungalow - British in every sense.
So, how does one truly experience the place and everything it embodies? By being curious. Simple.
Things to do in Nuwara Eliya
Visit the Seetha Amman temple
The Seetha Amman temple is also known as 'Ashok Vaatika'. Sri Lanka is the birth place of Ravana. And it is believed that Ravana held Sita in a forest in Nuwara Eliya when he abducted her from India.
Walk to the Ramboda Falls
How beautiful is the waterfall in Nuwara Eliya that is hidden deep within the mountain and requires one to hike all the way to it. Fret not, it's not that difficult. The path goes through a resort (yeah, I know).
Sample High Tea at the Grand Hotel
Come on, now. A trip to Nuwara Eliya will be incomplete if you do not savour their charming flavors of tea in true British style.
Head to the Grand Hotel in the city and order yourself some high-tea with assortments. I really enjoyed their hibiscus tea and white tea.
Walk along the Gregory Lake
The Gregory Lake is a vast lake in Nuwara Eliya, perfect for a morning walk/jog. (Please say Hi! to the lovely dogs around).
Eat at Hela Bojun Hala
If you want to savour authentic vegetarian Sri Lankan dishes at an affordable price, then Hela Bojun Hala is the place to go to.
In addition to serving lip-smacking dishes, the food canteen is run by a group of women as a part of a woman empowerment initiative.