This highland civic of Nuwara Eliya often referred to as the ‘’Little England” for its colonial style bungalows, Tudor style hotels, well-kept gardens, meticulous hedges, shrubberies and of course not to forget the cool climate.
This was once a small village hidden amongst the wooded green mountains, hence the name “Eliya” meaning “a clearing” in Sinhala, until colonial civil servant John Devy saw the potential in 1819, which initiated the budding milieu for British colonial hands to have a pause from the heat and the city commotion. Henceforward, the colonial style bungalows, horse racing venues, golf courses and clay pigeon shooting became customary events in Nuwara Eliya. In 1870 following the Coffee Blight, Sir James Taylor introduced tea and converted Nuwara Eliya, into a commercial and a coffee planting centre.
With an elevation of 1890 meters above the sea level, Nuwara Eliya is the highest city in Sri Lanka, sits on the foot of the highest mountain peak of the island, Piduruthalagala also known as Mount Pedro.
The town becomes colourful with beautiful blooms and crowded with visitors from all around Sri Lanka and all around the world.