Even 50 years after independence, Nuwara Eliya still feels like Edwardian England with its race track, golf course and bungalows fronted by neat gardens. It is Sri Lanka’s only hill station and still attracts crowds from Colombo at the weekends who come for the cool climate. Surrounding the town are dozens of tea estates and their antiquated processing plants which you may visit. The process from start to finish is surprisingly simple and a few boxes of tea make excellent souvenirs. Golfers can try their luck on the town course for very reasonable green fees. Those who enjoy walking can leave early in the morning for Horton Plains National Park, about an hour’s drive away. Here you can walk to World’s End,a dramatic ravine which drops over 300 metres. Continuing your journey from Nuwara Eliya will bring you back to the coast and Yala National Park.
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Staying next door to the founding plantation of Sir Thomas Lipton, guests at Thotalagala are granted exclusive access to Lipton’s residence, built at the turn of the last century.
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Set amongst the stunning tea plantations, Stafford Bungalow is a heritage holiday home, initially built by pioneering Scottish planters in 1884, on the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya.
St. Andrew's Hotel
Nuwara Eliya, South Africa
Formerly the gentlemen's club of the Scottish Tea Planters, St. Andrews now combines old fashioned charm with modern service. Appropriately, the golf course is just at the end of the garden and can be seen from the lawn where afternoon tea is served.
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Hidden away amongst the vivid green bushes at a height of 1,500 metres are the four Tea Trails bungalows, built by the estate for their managers. Today, they are open to guests and, after extensive refurbishment, offer elegant accommodation with a nod to the past and a few modern twists.
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Hidden Highlights of Sri Lanka
Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy
This classic journey around Sri Lanka is ideal for first time visitors as well as having many gems to discover for those returning several times. After a night to acclimatise outside Colombo, immerse yourself in the Cultural Trian..
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