The Post Office and other Colonial buildings

Nuwara Eliya, well known as ‘Little England’ for several English style buildings that dot all over the charming town; of which are the Post Office which stands proud as a red building, an epitome of Tudor architecture and many other structures reflecting the colonial heritage of British Ceylon.


  • The post office is an exemplar of colonial architecture, built in tudor style of red brick exteriors
  • The English country home, Queen’s Cottage is another example of colonial heritage
  • Queen’s Cottage currently serves as a holiday bungalow for the President of Sri Lanka
  • Other colonial buildings are the Hatton National Bank building and St Xavier’s Church which were built in exquisite British architecture


Located in the heart of the town, the century old building of the Post Office is one of the most iconic colonial establishments of “Little England’. The red brick exterior with a clock tower spire is what makes this building stand out in the city of Nuwara Eliya. Built in Tudor style, the post office has an extraordinary superiority and stands as one of the masterpieces of Colonial British Ceylon.

Other buildings that give the essence of colonialism are the Queen’s Cottage, Nuwara Eliya Hatton National Bank Building, Police Station and St. Xavier’s Church.

The Queen’s Cottage was an English country house built during the colonial British era in the 19th century. The ivory coloured manor was a holiday home for the Governor of Ceylon and it sits among scenic surroundings of greenery. At present, it is the holiday bungalow for the President of Sri Lanka.

Nuwara Eliya Hatton National Bank Building is an old attractive building located on Queen Elizabeth Drive in the city. It was built in the style of a country bank with British architectural features which was appropriate for the quaint hill station of Little England as opposed to a modern grand building of the city. It was originally built by the Indian National Bank in 1892 and is presently used by Hatton National Bank.

St Xavier’s Church was built in 1838 with colonial architecture consisting of light brown towering walls and continuous pews that extend to the altar with grand interior features. This church has been infused with spiritual elegance and warmth that reflect to colonial eras.