Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya  ffs a city in the hill country of the Central Sri Lanka. Its name means “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”.  It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

We took a day trip here from Colombo, and it was a very long round trip which lasted for about 14 hours.  We took a stop in Kandi town, and visited an Elephant Sanctuary.

Sipping chai was our favorite things to do this trip, at several tea boutiques which are built using chic modern architecture, often built in several tiered structure format, sometimes one of the floors are actual mini Tea factories and museums and stores.

We stopped at several of these places today and tried various to black tea and green tea in some unique flavors. Here are a couple of pics that give you an idea. I wished I had more of my friends along with us on this mystic journey.

All of these are nestled on the hills surrounded by Tea Estates with stunning views, in Nuwara Eliya which is known for its tea country hills, located in Central Sri Lanka.

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