Ok, so first things first - the name is confusing. It's actually pronounced noo-ray-lee-ah (we think) so when you wander around asking what to do in Nuwara Eliya people will think you're a bit odd.
High up in tea country, it's a old colonial town and the effects of the Brits that headed over to run the tea fields can still be felt. For starters, there's a big old red brick Post Office in the middle of town. And a big old red post box. Then there's the hotels that look like a country pub you'd find in the Shires. And finally - there's the rain. Not just showers, it POURED.
But it was a welcome respite from the heat of the low-lands. And it was my birthday. And it just so happened that it was the Sri Lankan new year that night too - which meant there was a carnival, and an awful lot of Bob Marley to hear. Which meant that we grabbed a brolly and headed off in search of some fun!
We wandered around the town which you can easily do by foot, and spent a bit of time in the market and seeing some of the old properties you read about in the guide books. But what the books don't tell you is about the Alpine Bar! A bit Faulty Towers, this place is like something from Avoriaz, plonked in the middle of Sri Lanka. Abandoned apart from two lovely gents who were more than happy to let us upstairs to use the pool table and serve us local beer until we were ready to hit the carnival. It wasn't quite Coachella, but it had a wheel!
We ate candy floss and mooched around the mud, knowing we had an interesting night ahead of us. Finding accommodation had been a bit of a challenge in this town - in part because of the festival celebrations - but stuff was just quite pricey and very average compared to everywhere else we had stayed. Our 'lodge' was like something from a 90's horror movie. A strange wooden cabin that creaked. No other guests. No locks on the doors. Bugs. And a wardrobe that none of us could open. So we did the obvious thing - and bundled into one bed together with our cases carefully propped against the doors in case of any visitors.
And of course, woke up in the morning to nothing but sunshine and freshly made breakfast ready and waiting...