From Sigiriya my next destination was Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. The city developed by British in the 19th century. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen’s Cottage, General’s House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, St Andrew’s Hotel and Town Post Office. The city is mostly famous for the Tea plantation.
Most of the road from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya I had traveled at night. By the car’s headlight I was seeing the curves of the hills. The cloud was coming down to the street, the visibility was almost zero. Our car was traveling very slowly. At around 9:00 PM we arrived to our next hotel ‘Princess Bungalows’. This was a Bungalow made during British colonial period. The hotel has very few rooms, but the rooms were so big. All rooms has classic fire place. The hotel authority lighted the fire place on our request. Initially they asked us to pay for the wood but later they did it complementary. Rooms are furnished with a big bed and a smaller one. But there was no cabinet in the room. They have a dinning space where all guest enjoy their food. It experienced me like I am in a friend’s house as a guest. Outside the Bungalow there is a small garden with some statues, a round table and a swing. Overall this was an exceptional hotel.
At early morning after my first night at Nuwara Eliya I went for a small walk. This is a classic hill station. Most of the houses and city structure build by British. After our breakfast we went to visit the tea gardens. One of the biggest tea state at Nuwara Eliya is ‘MACKWOODS’. Moackwoods own most of the tree gardens at Nuwara Eliya. We visited their factory and tea processing area. There we come to see the different types of tea. The factory also have a sales area from there we brought lots of tea for us. In the canteen of MACKWOODS we enjoyed the fresh tea with brownie. Around the factory there is a great view. We walked in to the tea garden. The hills where covered with green carpet and the water fall is coming down. It was fantastic place to visit.
I have enjoyed the drive through the hill tack. Beside the road there was decoration with lots of flower. Roads were clean and smooth. My wife was not enjoying the drive as she has motion sickness. From Mackwoods we went to a Hanuman temple. According to the Hindu mythology ‘Nuwara Eliya’ was place where Ravana kept Sita. And here Hanuman came to rescue Sita. That’s why a Hanuman temple had been build here. The site location was very beautiful. From the top panoramic view was outstanding. After visiting the tea garden and Hanuman temple we were so tired and hungry for food.
Our driver took us to a wonderful expensive restaurant. I forgot the name of the restaurant. To get to restaurant a settle service will take you to the restaurant. We had a good buffet lunch there. We food was so good and we enjoyed a lot. Just outside to the restaurant there was a big big waterfall. We go little down to get closer to the waterfall. There was some sitting arrangement on the base of waterfall. We sit there for long and enjoyed the moment. Already it was late afternoon, so we went back to our hotel.
This was the last night of our Nuwara Eliya tour. At evening we enjoyed some good tea sitting beside the English fire place. It was feeling like we were time traveling to British colonial period.
From Nuwara Eliya our next destination was Galle. It was a long journey so our driver asked us to start as soon as possible. So after a great sleep at Princes Bungalow we start early towards Galle.