Journey: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

The drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes approximately 85 kilometres. The hills carpeted with bright green bushes of delicious tea and lush green paddy fields are some wondrous sights tourists will behold as they make their journey from one beautiful city to the next. Nuwara Eliya still sees glimpses of the British Colonial legacy with the nickname ’Little England’ being relevant to this day. The natural beauty carved by powerful waterfalls, mountain streams and the cool, crisp air makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most visited tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.

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By Bus

It is a spectacular journey travelling by bus from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. The bus trip is significantly faster as it swings through countless hairpins and passing stunning waterfalls en route to Ramboda. Travel duration from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours and 20.

By Train

Journeying by train is slower than by bus. However, it is a quintessential Sri Lankan experience for tourists. Visit the website of the local train operator on for further information on how to purchase train tickets for 1st and 2nd class carriages. For overnight travel, tourists can reserve seats on first class sleeping berths. The sleepers have 2 birth compartments with wash basin and a separate toilet. 1st class seats are also air conditioned, however, for tourists keen on photography will find 2nd class carriages more convenient as the opening windows in the non-air-conditioned 2nd class is ideal for sightseeing.

By Taxi

For tourists wanting a comfortable mode of travel can opt to journey in a cab which will cost approximately Rupees 8,000.

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Nuwara Eliya still sees glimpses of the British Colonial legacy with the nickname ’Little England’ being relevant to this day.

Renting a Car

Tourists can opt to rent a car with a driver or without depending on the number of passengers they are travelling with. The cost of renting a car with driver is approximately Rupees 6,500 per day.

Air Travel

A flight from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya would take just 32 minutes, which is one of the simplest and quickest ways to travel to the prettiest part of the country.

Traveling Tips

As the roads steepen on the way to Nuwara Eliya, there is a noticeable change in the vegetation. Tea plantations can be viewed by the side of the road, as the forest thins and span out as you get closer to Nuwara Eliya. Lemon grass plants are used as a way to protect such tea plantations from outside pollution.

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