Kid Friendly Villas in Nuwara Eliya, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Happy kids make for a happy holiday. These villas are packed with things for the kids to do or have plenty of attractions in the local area. Whether it is Wii or WiFi, pool (snooker) or pool (swimming), it's boards rather than bored. We can’t guarantee that every property is 100% ‘kid safe’, but we can guarantee that there will be plenty to keep them entertained.

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Brockenhurst
Nuwara Eliya, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Brockenhurst
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 12
Rate starts at TBA

Perched on a hillside overlooking Nuwara Eliya, Brockenhurst is a century-old classified heritage home set in a one-acre garden with two-tiered lawn. Featuring 4 comfortable bedrooms and a cosy lounge with open fireplace, this serviced property is a nostalgic base from which families and groups can explore the hill country.

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Anilana Craigbank Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Anilana Craigbank Nuwara Eliya
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

An evocative 160-year-old bungalow overlooking Nuwara Eliya town surrounded by a well-maintained garden of clipped lawns, preened hedges and scented roses. With 4 comfortable  bedrooms, open fireplaces, cosy lounges, an elegant dining room and plenty of colonial character, this is a gorgeous holiday home in the hills.

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Central Market
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Off New Bazaar St, Nuwara Eliya.
This covered alleyway offers an insight (and a chance to buy) into the range of produce grown in the hill country – both familiar and unfamiliar. There’s also a whiffy fish and butchery section.

Clothes Market
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Off New Bazaar St, Nuwara Eliya
Search out branded skiwear, leisurewear (Colombia, Helly Hanson, Quiksilver), fleeces, jackets and jumpers at this collection of stalls. Bargain hard; stalls fiercely compete for custom.

Coco Spa (Hotel Spa)
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : The Tea Factory, Kandapola, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94522229526
Set in amongst this glorious converted tea factory is Sri Lanka’s highest spa. The setting is stunning and the treatments – carried out by Balinese experts – are wide-ranging and very good.

De Silva Food Centre
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : New Bazaar St, Nuwara Eliya
The best dining spot in this local establishment is upstairs via an enticing bakery with cakes and savoury pastries (great for a snack). There’s an a la carte menu though it’s mainly limited to Sri Lankan and Chinese style cuisine. The lunchtime rice and curry is good.

Grand Indian Restaurant
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94 52 2222881
Dine on North and South Indian cuisine at this eatery that’s part of The Grand Hotel, a Nuwara Eliya institution. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner; at other times an attached pastry shop soothes simple hunger cravings.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Badulla Rd, Hakgala (10km southeast of town)
Panoramic views down over the velveteen Uva District are a highlight of Peradeniya’s wilder sister where roses, ferns, lilies, camphor, pines, eucalyptus and Monterey cypresses thrive. Bird species adore this natural wonderland and you also might catch a glimpse of elusive bear monkeys.

Hill Club
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94 52 2222653
The Hill Club offers the best insight into the colonial lifestyle of yesteryear; formal dress is mandatory – men can borrow a jacket from the club’s wardrobe – and you must pay a temporary membership of Rs. 100. White-clothed waiters serve up set lunches, five-course dinners and a selection of a la carte international dishes in atmospheric surroundings. There are also a couple of bars here too.

Horse Riding
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nuwara Eliya Racecourse
Tired-looking ponies can be seen at the entrance to the racecourse or even around Lake Gregory. If you think the animal looks healthy (some do, some don’t), then hop on board (children) or talk your way into the racecourse itself where you can pay to ride on proper steeds.

Horton Plains National Park
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : B339 to Ohiya.
High altitude grassland (2,100m) featuring large patches of bird and wildlife-filled cloud forest, rushing waterfalls and rivers that are the perfect setting for hiking; trails extend up to 22km. Here you’ll also find World’s End, a sheer escarpment that falls steeply for almost 1km to the plains below; a magnificent sight. Try to get there early to beat the cloud and mists.

Humbugs
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Badulla Rd, Hakgala (close to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens   Tel No. : +94 52 2222709
This rustic roadside café, 10km southeast of Nuwara Eliya, is famous for one thing: strawberries! From their little cafe these growers sell strawberries in jam, in punnets, in milkshakes and most deliciously, in pancakes with whippings of cream.

Jetwing St Andrews
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 10 St Andrews Drive, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94 52 2222445
The fine dining Old Course Restaurant, in the town’s best hotel beside the golf course, is an oak-panelled beauty where local and international dishes are served from an open-plan kitchen. There’s a wine cellar here (and an atmospheric bar), and the sommeliers give good advice.

King Prawn
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Hotel Glendower, 5 Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94 52 2222501
This good Chinese restaurant boasts a generous menu of tasty chicken, meat, pork, fish, seafood and vegetarian Cantonese-style dishes. The pub-style bar here with lounge is one of Nuwara Eliya’s best; perfect for after dinner drinks.

Labookelie Tea Estate
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kandy Road, Labookelie, Nuwara Eliya
Standing at an elevation of 2,000m around 20km north of Nuwara Eliya is this tea estate where you can tour the factory, wander the tea gardens and sample a brew from their little café. There’s a shop here too.

Lake Gregory
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Boat Yard, Lake Gregory
Take a pedalo out on the lake for an alternative glimpse at the emerald green tea fields and misty mountains that envelope the town.

Laksala
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Udupusselawa Rd, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94522222575
Government handicrafts emporium that sells a range of tourist related souvenirs; wood carvings, masks, lacquerware and basketry.

Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nuwara Eliya Town   Tel No. : +94 52 2222835
Winding right through the town and adding a lot to its charm is this colonial golf course, which is scenically landscaped with pines, eucalyptus and cypresses. Rounds include green fees, club hire, caddy and balls, and cost from US$65 on weekdays and $70 at weekends.

Sita Aman Temple
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Badulla Rd, Nuwara Eliya
Just before you reach Hakgala on the Badulla Road to the southeast of town, you find this brightly coloured statue-laden Hindu temple dedicated to Sita. Watch out for the red macaque monkeys.

The Grand Hotel
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94522222881
Overlooking the hotel’s gardens on the ground floor, this big restaurant serves up both eastern and western cuisine, although British style dishes are most typical. The hotel also has a traditional bar and a billiards room.

The Tea Factory
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kandapola, Nuwara Eliya   Tel No. : +94 52 2229600
Created out of the old Hethersett Estate Tea Factory, this five-star hotel - situated 14km east of Nuwara Eliya – serves up an international menu in the main dining room or more uniquely, in restored railway carriages (call ahead to book).

Victoria Park
Nuwara Eliya, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nuwara Eliya
Despite being located in the middle of town, peaceful Victoria Park is an ornithological hotspot with the potential for spotting many endemic species of birds.

Attractions and things to do
Nuwara Eliya

Ambewela Farm The kids will love this dairy farm where you can watch milking taking place (12.30pm), have a peep into a cheese factory and browse barns filled with goats, bullocks, calves and even rabbits. The journey to get here – through mist-shrouded Scottish-like scenery is part of the adventure.

Coco Spa (Hotel Spa) Set in amongst this glorious converted tea factory is Sri Lanka’s highest spa. The setting is stunning and the treatments – carried out by Balinese experts – are wide-ranging and very good.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens Panoramic views down over the velveteen Uva District are a highlight of Peradeniya’s wilder sister where roses, ferns, lilies, camphor, pines, eucalyptus and Monterey cypresses thrive. Bird species adore this natural wonderland and you also might catch a glimpse of elusive bear monkeys.

Hiking Take advantage of the cooler climes and hike around town or wander up Single Tree Hill to get a panoramic vista of Nuwara Eliya and surrounding mountains. Ask at your villa for a guide or ask at the St Andrews Hotel if you can join in with one of their excellent guided cloud forest nature walks.

Horse Riding Tired-looking ponies can be seen at the entrance to the racecourse or even around Lake Gregory. If you think the animal looks healthy (some do, some don’t), then hop on board (children) or talk your way into the racecourse itself where you can pay to ride on proper steeds.

Horton Plains National Park High altitude grassland (2,100m) featuring large patches of bird and wildlife-filled cloud forest, rushing waterfalls and rivers that are the perfect setting for hiking; trails extend up to 22km. Here you’ll also find World’s End, a sheer escarpment that falls steeply for almost 1km to the plains below; a magnificent sight. Try to get there early to beat the cloud and mists.

Labookelie Tea Estate Standing at an elevation of 2,000m around 20km north of Nuwara Eliya is this tea estate where you can tour the factory, wander the tea gardens and sample a brew from their little café. There’s a shop here too.

Lake Gregory Take a pedalo out on the lake for an alternative glimpse at the emerald green tea fields and misty mountains that envelope the town.

Nuwara Eliya Golf Course Winding right through the town and adding a lot to its charm is this colonial golf course, which is scenically landscaped with pines, eucalyptus and cypresses. Rounds include green fees, club hire, caddy and balls, and cost from US$65 on weekdays and $70 at weekends.

Pedro Tea Estate Just 3km from Nuwara Eliya city centre is this tea factory that offers tours of the factory and wanderings into the neighbouring tea fields. Convenient for town, but not as picturesque as Labookelie.

Sita Aman Temple Just before you reach Hakgala on the Badulla Road to the southeast of town, you find this brightly coloured statue-laden Hindu temple dedicated to Sita. Watch out for the red macaque monkeys.

Victoria Park Despite being located in the middle of town, peaceful Victoria Park is an ornithological hotspot with the potential for spotting many endemic species of birds.

Restaurant
Nuwara Eliya

De Silva Food Centre The best dining spot in this local establishment is upstairs via an enticing bakery with cakes and savoury pastries (great for a snack). There’s an a la carte menu though it’s mainly limited to Sri Lankan and Chinese style cuisine. The lunchtime rice and curry is good.

Grand Indian Restaurant Dine on North and South Indian cuisine at this eatery that’s part of The Grand Hotel, a Nuwara Eliya institution. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner; at other times an attached pastry shop soothes simple hunger cravings.

Hill Club The Hill Club offers the best insight into the colonial lifestyle of yesteryear; formal dress is mandatory – men can borrow a jacket from the club’s wardrobe – and you must pay a temporary membership of Rs. 100. White-clothed waiters serve up set lunches, five-course dinners and a selection of a la carte international dishes in atmospheric surroundings. There are also a couple of bars here too.

Humbugs This rustic roadside café, 10km southeast of Nuwara Eliya, is famous for one thing: strawberries! From their little cafe these growers sell strawberries in jam, in punnets, in milkshakes and most deliciously, in pancakes with whippings of cream.

Jetwing St Andrews The fine dining Old Course Restaurant, in the town’s best hotel beside the golf course, is an oak-panelled beauty where local and international dishes are served from an open-plan kitchen. There’s a wine cellar here (and an atmospheric bar), and the sommeliers give good advice.

King Prawn This good Chinese restaurant boasts a generous menu of tasty chicken, meat, pork, fish, seafood and vegetarian Cantonese-style dishes. The pub-style bar here with lounge is one of Nuwara Eliya’s best; perfect for after dinner drinks.

The Grand Hotel Overlooking the hotel’s gardens on the ground floor, this big restaurant serves up both eastern and western cuisine, although British style dishes are most typical. The hotel also has a traditional bar and a billiards room.

The Tea Factory Created out of the old Hethersett Estate Tea Factory, this five-star hotel - situated 14km east of Nuwara Eliya – serves up an international menu in the main dining room or more uniquely, in restored railway carriages (call ahead to book).

Shopping
Nuwara Eliya

Cargils A fairly well-stocked supermarket with pharmacy that’s handy for self-caterers; they also sell Mlesna Tea and display a limited selection of liquor, beer and wine.

Central Market This covered alleyway offers an insight (and a chance to buy) into the range of produce grown in the hill country – both familiar and unfamiliar. There’s also a whiffy fish and butchery section.

Clothes Market Search out branded skiwear, leisurewear (Colombia, Helly Hanson, Quiksilver), fleeces, jackets and jumpers at this collection of stalls. Bargain hard; stalls fiercely compete for custom.

Laksala Government handicrafts emporium that sells a range of tourist related souvenirs; wood carvings, masks, lacquerware and basketry.

Waruna Antiques Antiques den with a huge variety of offerings ranging from early sixteenth century masks, hand painted textiles and jewellery to and Buddhist, Hindu and Christian statues.

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