With a name meaning "city of light", picturesque Nuwara Eliya is
regarded as one of Sri Lanka's most important tea-producing towns.
This is just one of the reasons why it is also affectionately known
as "Little England".
Nuwara Eliya was founded by the British in the 19th century as a
colonial hill station - mainly due to its favourable climate. Being
set high in the hills (though on a plain), the heat was always less
intense, and so increasing amounts of administration, along with
leisure pursuits - were soon sited here.
Nowadays the British no longer live here, but the town still has
a quintessentially British appearance, with pretty hedges and rose
gardens marking the boundaries between charming bungalows and
grander country houses. Its appearance, which is unique in Sri
Lanka, has ensured that it is a favoured tourist destination of the
Sri Lankan people as well as for travellers from the rest of the