Nuwara Eliya is a charming city, located amidst the rolling mountains of the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. This misty city is often fondly called ‘Little England’, for very good reasons! Here in the city you will discover a number of quaint buildings and bungalows complete with charming picket fences, dating all the way back to colonial times. These buildings which stand tall amidst the hills, seemingly frozen between the pages of time, possess timeless beauty for sure.
Among the popular colonial buildings of the city of Nuwara Eliya, the iconic Post Office truly stands out. It is a prominent public service office that is located strategically in the heart of the city, right next to the famed Victoria Park. Its true charm is in its vibrant exterior, which is painted in a brilliant hue of pink!
Past and Present of the Post Office
This majestic Tudor-style building has two storeys. It also has a prominent clock spire. The Post Office of Nuwara Eliya was built by the British back in the year 1894. It is therefore one of the oldest post offices in Sri Lanka.
In the year 2012, the upper floor, which served as the living quarters of the post master, was converted into tourist accommodation. There were plans to sell this building to a private company with the intention of converting it to a fully fledged hotel. But the postal workers stood firmly against the decision and so the plan was thwarted. This legendary building was depicted on a stamp issued by Sri Lanka Post in the year 1990 too.
The picturesque pink post office is indeed a sight to behold as the brilliant blue skies and the emerald mountains create its sensational background! As you travel in the city with Green Holiday Centre, you will be able to visit this site and capture a few sensational photos as well, with great ease!