If you are planning to travel to Sri Lanka, which is a very good idea then I would suggest don’t miss the chance to visit Nuwara Eliya. For all the locals I have spoken to asking about the places to see, they would suggest the place with a lot of passion and love. It’s a hill station with vast tea gardens, colonial culture and slow-paced life but mainly revolves around tourism.
It’s located in the central province and can be reached from Kandy through a bus or a train. The railway system is over 70 years old which was primarily made to transport tea from tea gardens in Nuwara Eliya to the coast to be exported back to Britain. Englishmen were great entrepreneurs I have to day! But the journey is said to gorgeous.
There is way more than the touristy things that you can do here. Here is a list of 5
1. Visit Ashok Vatika at Sita Eliya
This is something that most people don’t know about the place. If you are living in the Indian Subcontinent, you are already versed with the basics of Ramayana. This is where Ravana from Lanka held Sita captive after kidnapping her from the forest during Ram’s 14 yearlong exile from his empire. This is also the place where Ram’s ardent devotee, hanuman came to look for Sita. It is said that he took a form many times his size and flew to Lanka looking for Sita. You can see a large footprint said to be of Hanuman next to the temple. If you are interested in mythology, do go. If you are not, read it up and then go.