- Encounters with locals
- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Off the beaten track
Nanu Oya is a village in the foothills of the Nuwara Eliya district. It is possible to stay at a guesthouse in the village and visit the area with a tuk-tuk, but for me, that wouldn't be the best option.
Upon arriving at the station, I asked myself what would be best as I didn't know Nuwara at all. I thought that Nanu Oya was the name of the station but was still situated in the village of Nuwara Eliya but no, it was a different locality entirely.
This could be a place to stay on the way to 'World's End', a mountain well-known by lovers of trekking, situated in the Horton Plains national park around 30km away. There is still the possibility to visit the tea plantations and the charming village of Nuwara Eliya, where there are many excursions available if you want to explore the surrounding area.
I really enjoyed spending time walking in Nanu Oya, if only to just gaze at the landscapes. Trading views, smiles, simple things. Generally, people only pass through Nanu Oya, spending there only the time it takes to catch a bus or taxi to Nuwara Eliya. Here, the inhabitants don't really expect tourists, quit gives the village some authenticity.
Nanu Oya is a destination off the beaten track, which itself has a number of advantages: the te plantations are nearby, Nuwara Eliya is only 20 minutes away and the Horton Plains national park is about 10km away.
It is from Nanu Oya that the train journey through the mountains is the most spectacular. I remember my face being glued to the window, marvelling at each landscape, trying desperately to take a few photos through the fog. For me, Nanu Oya was the beginning of a train journey that I will never forget.