Nuwara Eliya travel guide

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You're Going to Love Nuwara Eliya

With a population of 25,775, Nuwara Eliya is a must-see destination in Central, Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 16
1 night at 3-star hotel
Nuwara Eliya in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 16
1 night at 3-star hotel
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How to Get to Nuwara Eliya


Although Nuwara Eliya doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Hatton Castlereigh Reservoir (NUF), which is located 16 miles from Nuwara Eliya.


Another option to get to Nuwara Eliya is to pick up a car rental from Colombo, which is about 65 miles from Nuwara Eliya. You’ll find branches of SR RENT A CAR and Hertz, among others, in Colombo.

Airlines serving Nuwara Eliya

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British Airways
Good (1,746 reviews)
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,510 reviews)
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Air France
Good (498 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,445 reviews)
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Air Canada
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Singapore Airlines
Excellent (479 reviews)
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Etihad Airways
Good (398 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (189 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (133 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (77 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (579 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (886 reviews)
Air India
Okay (1,472 reviews)
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Where to stay in Nuwara Eliya

From 5-star hotels such as the Heritance Tea Factory to great affordable options like the Hotel Rising Lion, Nuwara Eliya offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around C$ 56 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 168 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Nuwara Eliya

Most booked hotels in Nuwara Eliya

Grand Hotel
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 185+
Heritance Tea Factory
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 188+
Queenswood Cottage
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 94+
Araliya Green Hills Hotel
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 104+
Jetwing St Andrew's
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 129+
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Renting a car in Nuwara Eliya

Expect to pay C$ 2.06 per litre in Nuwara Eliya (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 24.65 and C$ 32.87.