All Hostels in Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Nuwara Eliya, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Hostels in Nuwara Eliya for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Nuwara Eliya for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Nuwara Eliya? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Nuwara Eliya alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Nuwara Eliya. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Nuwara Eliya (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nuwara Eliya. To help you make friends with Nuwara Eliya before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Nuwara Eliya is a town in Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean. It is nestled high above the rest of the country, in the central region, at about two kilometers above sea level. It is called Little England, and it is not usually a tourist destination due to the popularity of the nearby towns of Kandy and Ella. Surrounded by tea estates with small hostels, bungalows, and residences in the hills around the city, this is a great place to relax.

If you stay at one of the affordable hostels in Nuwara Eliya, be sure to ask the hostel staff for a taste of Sri Lankan cuisine. Filled with spice and bursting with flavor, the food is bound to be a gastronomic experience worth talking about. After a hearty meal, walk down to Victoria Park, a large park in the middle of the town. It has many little gardens, a children’s play area, and many walkways too. One downside is that you will typically have to pay higher prices for entry if you are from outside the country.

While in Nuwara Eliya, you must visit one of the many tea plantations in the hills around town. There are estates and factories that harvest and make the tea leaves and bags. You can take a tour of the tea factory, see the machines in action, and have a cup of fresh tea on the terrace of the factory, which has a small café too.

Tea plantations aside, be sure to take a trip on the house boat on Lake Gregory, another of the many sights the town has to offer. The lake is a short walk past the old horse racing track, where British colonials used to gather to see the races prior to independence. When walking around, try out some local dishes at the small shops on the roadside.

Written by local enthusiast for Nuwara Eliya hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Nuwara Eliya hostels Jakob Lombardi

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    You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

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