Nuwara Eliya is a cool town in many aspects. It's spread out on a plain at 1868 m, meaning the weather is actually cool. The town is surrounded by small farms and gardens which produce fruits and vegetables more associated to Europe than tropical Sri Lanka. The area is particularly famous for its strawberries, which the Sri Lankan consider as an oddity. And then, of course, there are the tea plantations, which cover pretty much every hill side on the way up to Nuwara Eliya. Since the town was founded by the British and has a temperate climate, it has a very distinct vibe with flowers, pine trees, horsemen, golf course and (sometimes) cold foggy weather - something the freezing locals never really have come to terms with, or so it seems.