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Greater Nuwara Eliya Region

Nuwara Eliya

The “little England” of Sri Lanka is set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations and offers a cool relief from the heat of the country. All around Nuwara Eliya you can see evidence of the British influence, with country cottages and Queen Ann style mansions. This is where the colonisers came to spend their leisure time, see horse races and play golf. The Victoria Park is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and the Grand Hotel offers a superb High Tea. En-route to Nuwara Eliya you can see waterfalls, tea and vegetable plantations, visit tea factories and observe tea pickers doing their hard work. The city is the ideal starting place for hikes to waterfalls and the famous Horton Plains.

 

Horton Plains

Horton Plains is located about 20 km south of Nuwara Eliya. It is Sri Lanka’s highest plateau at 3250 meters above sea level and has an outstanding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands. It offers spectacular views from “World’s End”, where the plateau plunges 700 meters in a sheer drop. It is an excellent hiking location with cool, bracing climate, distinctive flora and many rare highland birds. This is a favourite place for trekkers with plenty of trails for first time and experienced hikers. The best is to come very early in the morning, before fog covers the incredible view from World’s End. It is a beautiful three-hour walk passing the Bakers Fall to World’s End, but there are also several longer trails to spend the whole day. It is the only natural park in Sri Lanka that visitors can hike in freely, so it is a must for all hikers and nature lovers.

 

Hakgala Botanical Garden

The Hakgala Botanical Garden is an exotic pleasure garden rising to an elevation of 1700 M, just 10 km from Nuwara Eliya. The rock of Hakgala (Jaw Rock) rises above the gardens and is believed to be one of the two places where King Rawana held Sita, consort of Lord Rama of the great Indian epic Ramayana. The Hakgala Botanical Garden was founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr GHK Thwaites, who was superintendent of the famous gardens at Peradeniya. In the rose garden you can experience the sights and scents of these glorious blooms in their infinite variety. A special attraction here is the variety of mountain orchids, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka.

 

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