Wth temperatures considerably cooler and lots of greenery, including a Race Course close to town, Nuwara Eliya reminded me somewhat of England.
Sport in Nuwara Eliya
The only remaining horse racing venue in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya Racecourse is one of the highest racecourses in the world. Meets at the racecourse include the Independence Cup in February, Governor’s Cup, Queen’s Cup and Sunquick Cup in April, Brown’s Cup in August and the Prime Cup in December.
Getting to Nuwara Eliya
Bus – The main bus station is in the town centre with services to Colombo (6 hours), Ella (3 hours), Kandy (4 hours) and Matara (7 hours).
Train – Nanu Oya train station is approximately 10km away and you’ll need to catch a taxi or Tuk-Tuk into Nuwara Eliya. The station is on the line to Colombo, Kandy and Ella.
Where to Stay
Rather indiscreet but pleasingly cheap and with a friendly owner, Blue Moon Hotel will do the trick if you’re looking to stay a night in Nuwara Eliya. Located just out of the centre, near the Racecourse, the hotel is a short walk to Gregory Lake.
Food & Drink
The extremely busy Grand Indian is a good choice if you fancy an Indian curry for a change. At the other end of the scale, Milano Restaurant is a solid choice for a cheap eat in town. Towards Gregory Lake, Salmiya Pizza, is an indiscreet little restaurant offering good pizza.
What to do in Nuwara Eliya
I can’t say I had much time to explore the town, with torrential rain forcing me to inside for most of my time! I did however have time to a pleasant walk around Gregory Lake and did intend on checking out Victoria Park.