With its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows, and attractive gardens, this charming highland enclave is often referred to as 'Little England.' Nuwara Eliya was formerly the preferred cool-climate retreat for Sri Lanka's tea industry's hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers.
The distance from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is approximately 172 km which will take approximately 5 hours and 10 minutes by car or taxi depending on the traffic.
The dusty and congested centre is a genuinely Sri Lankan urban tangle, yet Nuwara Eliya nevertheless makes a good base for a few days of rest. The lush surrounding area, with its tea estates, meticulously kept vegetable plots, and rugged hills, is breath taking. Spend a night at one of Nuwara Eliya's colonial hotels, play a round of golf or a few frames of pool, and absorb up the town's unique past.
The city has various types of accommodation facilities varying from 5-star luxury hotels to budget hotels. Going around Nuwara Eliya is easy with three-wheeler, taxi, etc which fits everyone’s budget.