"Magnificent Hill Area" Top 5 Page for this destination Nuwara Eliya by akikonomu
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I like Nuwara Eliya for its cool weather most of all.
Took the 5.55 am "Podi Menike" train from Colombo Fort Station to Nanu Oya via Kandy. Was really bushed from lack of sleep (landed in the middle of the night) and literally sprawled myself across the seats for a good sleep on the train, which was relatively empty (in first class) until Kandy.
The exciting part of the trip starts after Kandy when the train climbs uphill and you get to see the rolling hills and tea plantations.
The most magnificent and surreal part was seeing St Claire's Fall along the way. Must definitely catch the sight if you're on the train. It's a beautiful waterfall set amidst lush green hills and vegetation, with no signs of civilisation around it (at least when viewed from the train). Just pure white waters against a deep green backdrop.
Stick your face out of the window for the cool air but make sure the train is not entering tunnels or brushing against the rock face.
Since it is cooling, you can easily walk around town instead of taking public transport.
However, it gets dark and deserted at night so it's definitely safer and wiser to use the public transport then.
The rain falls almost everyday as if on schedule when we were there (end September 2003) between 130pm and 430 pm. The mist rolling in in the evening or after the rain creates a melancholic and dramatic backdrop, but totally ruins the chances of snapping that perfect, colourful picture (ok, I'm somewhat obsessed about taking perfect pictures in good sunlight and clear, blue skies).
If you had taken a van from Nanu Oya train station into town, chances are your van driver will persuade you to charter his service. If you don't feel too comfortable making decisions under pressure, think over your itinerary and go to the bus station near the post office when you're decided. You can negotiate with the van drivers there to take you on day trips around Nuwara Eliya or to Horton Plains.
Yes, the colonial mansions and pretty little gardens are all reminiscent of England. We checked out these places for a good overview of the above.
The Grand Hotel
The Hill Club
St. Andrew's Hotel
The rooms are comfortable and some overlook the pretty garden. It's therapeutic to see the garden in the... more travel advice
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