Located around 4 hours away from the commercial capital of Colombo, Nawalapitiya is another hill country town in Kandy District that is famed for its ideal climate, mellow vibes and natural wonders it holds. Boasting of a number of grand waterfalls, surrounded by lush foliage draping daunting mountains and banks of the rivers that flow through the town, Nawalapitiya is that hidden gem of a place waiting to be explored by the nature lover journeying across the Paradise Island.

Top Reason to Visit

Although quite small, the town is covered in rustic grandeur that teems with biodiversity, along with resplendent natural attractions that rival even its neighbouring towns of Nuwara Eliya and Badulla. The presence of such untarnished natural beauty perched in the hill country’s greenery provides many a traveller with an experience that embodies the best offerings of the Paradise Island of Sri Lanka, thus making it the top reason to visit the hill country town.

While You’re There

Majestic cascades await:

Being perched 589 metres above sea level, Nawalapitiya is home to a number of majestic cascades of water flowing down towards the coastal areas of Sri Lanka. Waterfalls such as the Galboda Falls, Kadiyanlena Falls and the Sudugala Falls always catches the eye of many a traveller when traversing through the town. Apart from its exquisite aesthetics, a majority of these falls prove to be major tributaries to the Mahaweli River, the largest river in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Breathe in that fresh air:

Due to its perch high in the green mountains of the Kandy District, Nawalapitiya is blessed with untarnished natural beauty that has resulted in the town’s unpolluted fresh air. Coupled with a friendly and accommodating society that makes you feel right at home, you will surely question your plans on leaving the peaceful town.

Something out of the ordinary:

Nawalapitiya is not known for any manmade wonders, however, there is one that harks back to the colonial days and will surely intrigue many a traveller who passes the monument. Located on the outskirts of the town, is the Moda Palama (Fool’s Bridge) that is reminiscent to an upside down bridge. It is believed that the engineer who made it committed suicide, as he was ridiculed for his poor design. Although looking like an upside down bridge, the bridge is really built in a ‘deck-truss’ design that is very rare in the country. Certainly something to check out, while in Nawalapitiya.

Insider Advice

Travel: Getting about in Nawalapitiya is relatively easy due to many of the attractions being located in close proximity to each other and also due to the number of bus services that pass the main places of attraction, along with tuk-tuks for hire. Do keep in mind though, that it is highly recommended to research on the distance to your destination and agree on a price before you hop in a tuk-tuk.

Weather: Nawalapitiya experiences a more temperate weather pattern, as opposed to a tropical one, thus making the place a year long destination. However, the months from July to August have proven to be the time where the place experiences a stable climate that averages around 18°C, with very little precipitation and low humidity.

Money: Apart from the supermarkets, credit and debit cards are quite useless here. Therefore, it is important to carry cash in hand with small notes like LKR 20s, LKR 50s and LKR 100s, so as to make those small transactions all the more easier.

Clothing: Since the weather can get quite chilly here, it is highly suggested that you are clad in some layers when venturing out to the town.

Safety: Nawalapitiya is a very safe and accommodating place, however, it is important to keep a watchful eye on your belongings.

Meals and refreshments: There are a few eateries scattered across the place that specialise in local cuisine. Moreover, there is also the choice of opting for your accommodation provider to cover this for you.

Should you be exploring the luscious hill country and all its offerings, Nawalapitiya is one place that should not be missed as the place is abundant with foliage and waterfalls that take your breath away; so why not?

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