meaning "city on the plain
(table land)" or "city of light", is a town in Sri
Lanka. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) in the
central highlands, and is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest
mountain in Sri Lanka.Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has
a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean
annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature changes and
sometimes it can be like 3°C. In the winter months it is quite
cold at night, and there can even be frost. although it rapidly
warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day.
The town really comes alive in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil
New Year, and it is difficult to find accommodation as Sri Lankans
holiday in the region during this period. The festive season starts
on April 1st annually in a ceremonial manner. Main attractions during
April season include the numerous motor racing and horse racing
events. Motor racing comes alive with the Mahagastotte and Radella
Hill Climbs, the former being run since 1934.
One of the distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya's countryside is
the widespread growing of Tea plantation, vegetables, fruit and
flowers usually associated with temperate Europe. This "Little
England" is covered with terraces growing potatoes, carrots,
leeks, and roses, interspersed with tea bushes on the steeper slopes.