Travelling as a couple, backpackers, 14 days Sri Lanka, April 2012. Nice new Hotel with clean and well equipped rooms. Hot shower! Standard English style breakfast. Friendly and helpful staff.
If you come by train as we did, Nuwara Eliya doesn’t have an own train station. The next station is Nanu Oya, 6km away – but there is no problem to get to NE quickly by tuktuk, taxi or bus. The hotel is not in the city center but 2km outside in direction to Kandy: Also no problem, take a tuktuk for about 300-400 Rupies.
The hotel is a good and reasonable priced place to set of for some excursions: And there are many possibilities in NE! The landscape is nice, the climate is moderate, it can be quite cold at night (ca. 10 degrees cel.).
Ask to be driven to the Horton plains visitor center (ca. 1,5 h on windy roads with wonderful views). You should set off at about 05:30 just before sunrise to be at the visitor center at about 07:00. At the visitor center in the middle of nowhere you find a big carpark with minivans, busses etc. All sorts of groups arrive with drivers and guides. You have to pay an entrance fee. Be under the first ones and most of all walk straight to the big world´s end which you will reach at about 08:30-09:00: Then you have a chance of the spectacular far view from the plateau over a steep and about 900m high cliff. As the sun rises quickly and it becomes warm clouds will form and at about 09:30 to 10:00 (when we arrived) you will face the pure imagination of it – a dense white nothing. The 9km / 3 h walk on uneven paths that like firm shoes is beautiful and reminds a bit of a tropical version of Scotland. Fog arises from the trees, you can see deer and some nice birds – again: try to be on your own and enjoy it quietly.
NE city is really worth a visit. Try out local bakery and the market, walk and see the remains of the british influence. Visit a tea manufactory. Go hill walking. Adams Peak is not far – also an experience you shouldn´t miss.
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