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10 places to visit in and around Nuwara Eliya

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Nestled in the misty hills of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is the perfect holiday destination if you’re trying to escape the heat or just simply want to relax amidst a beautiful backdrop of majestic green mountains. While in Nuwara Eliya you will find that there is much to see and do. Here’s our suggestion of 10 places to visit in and around Nuwara Eliya.

1. Ramboda Falls
If you’re approaching Nuwara Eliya through Kurunagala town rather than through the Kandy road as is common, which we recommend you should due to the heavy traffic found on the Kandy road, you will come across this gorgeous waterfall. Stopping here is a real treat because just nearby you can find a coffee shop and a 5 foot natural spring that you can relax in.

2. Lake Gregory
While in Nuwara Eliya a visit to the peaceful Lake Gregory is highly recommended. Visitors have the opportunity to go horseback riding, jet skiing, take a relaxing boat ride or swan boat ride on the lake, walk around the gardens or simply sit back and enjoy the cool climate and the beautiful view.

3. The Hill Club
An exclusive hotel with membership facilities, the Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya offers a fine dining experience in the hills of Sri Lanka. Temporary memberships can be obtained at Rs 100 if you’re dropping in for lunch or dinner. We recommend that you do. They are very particular about the dress code however and if you’re dropping in for dinner, a coat or blazer is a must. If you haven’t got a coat or blazer you can rent one from the club.

4. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
Set at an altitude of over 6000 feet, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Courses are some of the most beautiful in Asia. If you’re a fan of golf we highly recommend a few rounds of golf set amid beautiful mist hills and greenery.

5. World’s End
Just an hour’s drive from Nuwara Eliya Town, visiting world’s end is best attempted in the morning with a packed breakfast. Gazing down at the gorgeous untouched plains while you have your breakfast is an experience not to be missed.

6. New Zealand Farm
19 KM out of Nuwara Eliya Town, New Zealand farm is surrounded by gorgeous scenary. Spend some time with the animals or take a tour of the factory and learn about the process of manufacturing milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products. At the end of your tour you can also purchase some dairy products to take home.

7. Franciscan Sisters Convent
A convent run entirely by nuns, Franciscan Sisters Convent produces delicious homemade wine, jams, chutneys and other little treats that you can take back with you after your holiday in Nuwara Eliya.

8. Mackwoods Tea Factory
Nuwara Eliya produces some of the world’s best tea. See how Ceylon tea is plucked expertly and even join in and try your hand plucking tea before learning the whole process of how this fine tea is made. At the end of the tour, enjoy a warm cup of Ceylon Tea as you gaze out at the lush green fields of tea.

9. Devon Falls
Visiting Devon Falls would be ideal on the way back after your holiday. 97 meters high, the waterfall has been named after a pioneer English coffee planter and is an ideal location to stop, relax and take a few pictures before leaving Nuwara Eliya behind.

10. Kithulgala
The suspended bridge from the successful 1957 movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” can be found here. You can also try your hand at some exciting activities such as white water rafting, waterfall trekking and the confidence jump.

Here’s what our guests had to say about us

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Walkers Tours has had a successful year so far. While some of our clients experienced the beauty of Sri Lanka for the first time – promising to return to this little paradise of ours, others have come back for another exciting holiday. With many happy memories made during their travels in the island, some of our clients have been kind enough to share their experiences with the team at Walkers. We would like to share a few of the feedback we received with you.

Feedback date – 08.10.2015

“This is to express my appreciation of the service provided by Walkers Tours during the recent holiday my wife and I had in Sri Lanka. We had transfers to and from the Airport which were carried out by excellent, polite and friendly drivers in very clean and comfortable cars.

The absolute star of our visit was our tour guide. I was born in Hatton in 1949 and this was my first visit to Sri Lanka since 1957. We had planned our visit carefully through Thomas Cook to try and visit places I could just remember aided by some black and white photos. Our tour guide realised very quickly what we wanted to do and entered fully into the challenge of finding different locations including the room in which I was born, now part of the Hatton Police Station! He looked after us with great care, consideration and thoughtfulness, drove superbly and was always enthusiastic about the next stage of the mission.

Without a doubt our tour guide made our holiday the fabulous experience that it was for us both.

Feedback date – 27.09.2015

First day back at work from our memorable and delightful holiday. After ploughing through my inbox, I already feel like we need another holiday. The purpose of this email is to say a very ‘’BIG THANK YOU’’ for looking after us during our stay in Sri Lanka.

Your service was ‘’excellent and top notch’’ to say the least. It is not often that a travel agent follows up to ensure everything is going to plan which is a welcome change and much appreciated.

If you don’t mind can, I request you to pass on our gratitude to our chauffeur who dropped us at the airport. He was very professional, knowledgeable and polite which the made the drive very interesting and pleasurable.

I have to rush off now and once again thank you so much for looking after us and wish you every success!

I will definitely do the needful in recommending your office to family and friends.

Thank you for your help.

Feedback date – 01.09.2015

I have recently returned from a bespoke tour of Sri Lanka, I wanted to provide feedback on the experience – which was excellent. The tour was well organized, the hotels excellent, the people very friendly, the trips / sites amazing. But the biggest thank you goes to our driver, who worked tirelessly throughout the tour, his knowledge and enthusiasm was exceptional, he couldn’t do enough for us, he is a credit to your company and made it a holiday of a lifetime. Please pass on my thanks and gratitude, when he dropped us off at Colombo airport it was very busy, so I didn’t get the chance to thank him properly. I would like you to pass on my thanks, best wishes and good health to him and his family – he deserves a bonus :-). If anyone I know is traveling to Sri Lanka I will not hesitate to recommend your tours.

Thank you

While we are humbled by the kind comments left by our happy guests, we are also grateful to our chauffeurs and tour guides who work tirelessly to ensure that each and every tour is a memorable one. If not for the effort of these individuals we would not have been able to make each and every one of the above mentioned tours a success.