Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's Mountain Resort
Nuwara Eliya meaning "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light", is a town in in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft), and is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka.
The town was founded by Samuel Baker as a hill retreat for the British during the colonial era, where typical English pastimes including fox hunting, polo and cricket were played. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period, and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.
Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka. As a result, crops include 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. The slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoe tea.
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