Nuwara Eliya itself is slightly shabby and underwhelming, but an interesting place architecturally to pass through. The surrounding countryside is spectacular and the real highlight; winding through the tea terraces, vegetable gardens and waterfalls.
Unfortunately the cold and rain hampered our hiking plans in June, though the guesthouse manager Lai was an invaluable fountain of knowledge (he speaks great English) and helped arrange a Plan B for us, including info about buses and taxis.
The guesthouse is walking distance to the town centre and street food, but is set back from the main bustle in a green, private and quiet setting.
Rooms are spacious and great value though a little damp, given the climate, with occasional power cuts (pretty common across Sri Lanka). Wifi signal was strong, and the window-filled lounge/dining area has great views to a private fern garden and stream. The place has heaps of character. On especially chilly nights the fire is roaring and there's a nice communal area with TV if you're feeling social.
You can eat here, but we opted for the street food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our nine room guesthouse is nestled within nature for you to experience maximum relaxation for you to chill out. We strive to provide you with high level service and comfort. We have a range of rooms, to meet your needs as a solo, couple, group or family traveler. With your visit to Nuwara Eliya in mind, we are delighted to assist you with all travel information to make your trip easier. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
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