Following the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom, the colonisation of Sri Lanka by the British began in earnest. The legacy left behind by the new European rulers is still felt even today – and there are plenty of reminders all around areas like Nuwara Eliya of this bygone age.
The Hill Club
Built in 1876, the Hill Club was meant to serve as a rest house and lounge for rich British plantation owners. Found close to the verdant forests that border Nuwara Eliya, this is a great place to take it easy and sightsee.
The Grand Hotel
This building was once the residence of the British Governor, and among the oldest buildings still left standing in the region. The garden area here is particularly well-known for being pristine and beautiful.
Tea plantations are one of the enduring legacies left behind by the British – and tea has since become one of the country’s biggest exports. Now, if you’re looking to enjoy some high tea, Nuwara Eliya has some great options – for instance, there’s the Heritance Tea Factory.
The Post Office
Found at the very centre of Nuwara Eliya, the Post Office is an ancient building that was one of the most popular colonial constructions of its day. Paying homage to the Tudor style, this is one of the best places to visit in the town.