Nanu Oya Falls


Amongst the misty peaks of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, lies the quaint little village of Nanuoya. It is based around a 27km long stream of the same name; originating from Pidurutalagala mountain and falling into Kotmale Oya, a tributary of the great Mahaweli. Consisting of just a few homes and businesses, a single temple, one vihara, and the only Tamil (Tamil being the major language here) school a mile away; Nanuoya is famed for being the railroad entrance to the city of Nuwara Eliya.

All trains on the Colombo – Badulla route stop at this major station which boasts many facilities such as repairs and multiple railway tracks. Built by the British in the late 19th century; the Nanuoya Railway Station was the terminus of the line at the time. It later became the junction where trains branched off to Udapussellawe, but the junction was closed down in 1948 and the tracks removed. Today the station is popular for being one of the major stops on the scenic ride to Ella; and for being the closest train station to Nuwara Eliya.

However, despite the popularity of Nanuoya; one of the little known facts of this village is its natural beauty and the hidden spots with original colonial era architecture. The village is a haven for those who love hiking.