About Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya ( City of Lights ), blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains, and greenery; Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. It is also known as “Little England”, which was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick post office, country houses like hill club with its hunting pictures, trophies, and strict formal dinner attire; 18 hole golf course, horse racecourse, etc., all remind you of “England”.
The Queen Victoria Park is situated in the middle of the Nuwara Eliya City and It’s one of the must-visit destinations. This park was named to honor the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. It contains a lot of colorful flowers, and very nice places to enjoy and relax. It also contains a playing area for kids and a train tour for adults too. This place is famous for bird watching and there are large verities of plants and trees available.
Victoria Park comes alive with the flowers especially around March to May, and August to September. You can see several types of birds in there. Which are they Indian Pitta, endemic Yellow-eared BulBuls, Sri Lanka White-eye, Scimitar Babbler and migrant Pied Thrush, Forest Wagtail, Velvet Nuthatch and Indian Blue Robin, Kashmir Flycatcher & etc. If you are gonna plan to stay at “Nuwara Eliya” city, this is one of the nice places to end up the journey and relax sometimes.
When travelers what to know what are the places to visit in Nuwara Eliya- This lake is a little away from the center of the town is the answer. It is a beautiful lake with rowing, houseboat, food stall and a few games for the children. It feels like a good great Sunday here. People come here to relax, may have a small picnic and just enjoy the happy vibe. The scenic beauty is also gorgeous. It is one of the most promising hidden places to visit in Nuwara Eliya.
The Ambewela Farm sometimes referred to as ‘Little New Zealand’, is set in a picturesque landscape, and surrounded by lush greenery and mist-shrouded hilltops. Here, you can observe cows and cattle grazing on the farm along with other farm animals that visitors can interact with. If you’re lucky, you just might get to see the milking of the cows. You can also purchase farm-fresh dairy products here.
Horton Plains ( World’s End )
The famous Horton Plains is a nature reserve characterized by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, forests, and grassland. The highest plateau on the island, spanning approximately 10,000 hectares, is home to 24 species of mammal – such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine, and leopard. The park also hosts unique vegetation and offers a perfect ground to observe many rare and endemic highland birds (87 species, 14 of which are endemic). An impressive physical feature in Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands of the southern region of the island. Aptly known as the “World’s End”, the precipice boasts a fabulous view of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline. Horton Plains, or ‘Mahaeliya’ as it is traditionally named, is a popular weekend destination amongst locals. Therefore, we recommend visiting the park on a weekday when it is more peaceful.
Moon Plains is basically a vast stretch of plain land with lush green grass in the center of tea estates, forest reserves, and mountains. This place has an amazing view and is a good buffer day after all the traveling and one of the places to visit in Nuwara Eliya. Traveler can relax, breathe in the fresh air and feel happy once they come to this place. It brings back the simplicity that is lost in the complicated city lives.
Hakgala Botanical Garden
This is that place for nature savvy. It is 28 acres of nature, having all its colors and shades. The garden has a huge variety of flowers and exotic plants. These plants are divided into various sub gardens like Upper Flower Garden, Fernery, Rock Garden, Arboretum, Rose Garden and Glass House etc. and a must-visit among the Places to visit in Nuwara Eliya.
St. Clair’s Falls
St Clair’s is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and called the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka”. It is a strikingly beautiful waterfall, which is approximately 80 meters in height and 50 meters in width. This waterfall runs over a rocky ridge, splitting into three cascades, and drops into a pool. These beautiful falls are situated close to the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District.
The falls are located along the Kotmale River, running through an enchanting green valley. The waterfalls consist of two falls called “Maha Ella” and “Kuda Ella”. This majestic waterfall falls down between magnificent green hills in the midst of tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and it got the name after the Saint Clair Tea Estate which it runs through.
Located in the Pussellawa district, in the city of Kandy, it is known for scenic landscapes comprising of highlands, ridges, plains, streams, and hilly mountains. The best attractions include the Ramboda Falls.
Situated in the town of Hatton in Nuwara Eliya, Laxapana falls is the eight highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It cascades amidst lush greenery that streams into a natural pool at the bottom.
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