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 October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Nuwara Eliya in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

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 26 km from Nuwara Eliya.


Another option to get to Nuwara Eliya is to pick up a car hire from Colombo, which is about 104 km from Nuwara Eliya. You’ll find branches of SR RENT A CAR and Europcar, among others, in Colombo.

Airports near Nuwara Eliya

Airlines serving Nuwara Eliya

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British Airways
Good (3,455 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,067 reviews)
Air France
Good (840 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (4,033 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
Good (599 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
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Ethiopian Air
Good (286 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (141 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (4,318 reviews)
Japan Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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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 Hill Pride City Hotel, Nuwara Eliya offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $74 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $146 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 (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Heritance Tea Factory
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Araliya Green Hills Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Unique Cottages
Good (7.6, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Nuwara Eliya

Expect to pay $2.18 per litre in Nuwara Eliya (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $26.11 and $34.81.