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Nuwara Eliya Travel Blog

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The grubby town centre of Nuwara Eliya

We had a quick shower at our hotel in Dalhousie and then headed straight out to get the bus back to Hatton - the same very slow 2 hour ride to cover just 33km. The roads were pretty twisty, so the buses just cannot get up any speed. From Hatton we took an inter-city express bus (sounds much more glamorous than it is, really, its just a minibus!) to Nuwara Eliya (LKR90). We had to pay for extra seat to accomodate our bags...first time that's happened! It took about 2 hours or so and I spent most of reading 'Recollections of a Racketeer' by Patrick Lane, a really good read. We arrived in Nuwara Eliya and found the Victoria Inn from the Lonely Planet, the closest hotel to the bus station (LKR1,500 for twin room), checked in and crashed out! We both a bit knackered, so we took advantage of the satellite TV in our room and just took it easy for a few hours.

The tea leaves being dried at Labookellie
I went out for some food and checked emails, while Mark had a nap. When I returned at about 4pm, he was still asleep....so I read and caught up on my journal....dinner time came, he was still asleep...so I had a snack in the restaurant. He must have been shot to bits as he didn't wake up until the morning...think he was showing his age!!

With Mark finally back in the real world, the next day we got out and saw some of the area around Nuwara Eliya. The town itself is rather dubiously dubbed 'Little England', but walking round the town centre, you wonder what the hell they're on about - it a concrete mess, which hasn't really got anything going for it! We got a bus out of town to the Labookellie tea plantation which was about 15km up the Kandy road and mid-morning we arrived at the estate owned by Mackwoods, a big player in the tea market.

Ooo, look at that colour!
It was a beautiful plantation, set in a valley and after the free (and informative) tour, we were treated to a free pot of quality Broken Orange Pekoe tea....better known to you and I as English Breakfast. And what a nice cup it was too! They even had some homemade chocolate cake, which went down rather well, I have to say. Top marks for that and I was only to pleased to purchase some of their tea in their shop afterwards....I know a few discerning drinkers back home, so I hope they appreciate my little gifts!

There really isn't a great deal of good food on offer in Nuwara Eliya town, but we found a great place called Grand Indian, which was attached to the Grand Hotel, just outside the town centre in the nice parkland area. For once, we had a choice of curry and they naan bread too! Wahoo!! Reasonable price too, we paid about LK600 (£4/$6) each including a drink.

I say, that is a mighty fine cuppa!
It was so good, we went back for dinner!! Our evening was spent watching footy - first time in a long time - and I watched my team Liverpool beat local rivals Everton in a rather firey game...come on the Reds!!

All tea'd out, Mark and I are now heading in opposite directions, so we said our farewells after some good days travelling together. Mark's off to the coast (and a horrendous 8 hour bus journey!), while I head north to the Kingdom of Kandy....

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The grubby town centre of Nuwara E…
The grubby town centre of Nuwara …
The tea leaves being dried at Labo…
The tea leaves being dried at Lab…
Ooo, look at that colour!
Ooo, look at that colour!
I say, that is a mighty fine cuppa!
I say, that is a mighty fine cuppa!
Processing room, Labookellie facto…
Processing room, Labookellie fact…
View over the hills of the Labooke…
View over the hills of the Labook…
The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
The Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya
The Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya
A sign inside the bus station that…
A sign inside the bus station tha…
Nuwara Eliya Hotels & Accommodations review
Affordable, central location
There isn't a great deal of choice in Nuwara Eliya, especially for budget accomodation. We found a twin room here at the Victoria Inn for LKR1,500 in… read entire review
Nuwara Eliya
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