Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as “Little England”, is a quaint town located in Sri Lanka’s beautifully lush hill country. During the British Colonial Period, Nuwara Eliya was a favorite holiday retreat for the crème de la crème of British society on the Island. They turned this town, with its ideal cool temperature and rich foliage, into a beautiful little town strongly reminiscent of England, from the architecture of the houses to the flowers that still peep out of every corner. To this day, Sri Lanka’s “Little England” remains almost completely untouched and you feel like you’ve skipped continents as you enter its city limits.
Nuwara Eliya’s tradition has reminded unchanged as it is still known to be a retreat for the island’s elite. During its April ‘season’, the little town comes alive as Sri Lanka’s high society flocks there for the horse and motor races, grand dances and exclusive golf tournaments.
(1) The Old Brick English Village
(2) Country House like Hill Club
(3) Henry Governor’s Grand Bungalow
(4) British Church
(5) The 18 Hole Golf Ground
(6) Race Course
All these places remind you of ‘England’.
Nuwara Eliya’s Galway Bird Sanctuary is a 27 acre Park where you can catch a glimpse of a great variety of rare and tropical Birds, an unbeatable spot for nature-lovers. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Victoria Gardens and Horton Plains are also great places to visit if you want take in Nuwara Eliya’s unique landscape and carefully maintained flower gardens.
(1) Gregory’s Lake
This was fashioned under orders of British Governor under orders of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. A boat yard now allows visitors to go boating and rowing.
(2) Horton Plains
This is a National Park and the highest plateau in the island consisting of grassland interspersed with patches of forest, with some unusual high altitude vegetation. The plains are a Beautiful, Silent and Strange World with some excellent paths for hiking.
The most stunning place is the World’s End, where the Southern Horton Plains suddenly ends, and drops off an nearly 700 meters, which is an awesome sight indeed
(3) Queen Victoria Park
The Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya said to be named to commemorate the Jubilee coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. This Park was established by planting an Oak Tree by a German Prince who visited Nuwara Eliya during the latter part of the 19th century. It is popular for bird watching many attractive bird species are found in the park.
(4) Hakgala Botanical Garden
The garden was first established in 1861 under the curatorship of 3 British citizens of the same name- Willam Nock, JK Nock and JJ Nock. It lies under the Hakgala Peak between 5000-6000ft is elevation- the highest set Botanic Gardens in the World. It boats 100 year old Monetary Cypress Trees from California, Japanese Cedars, Himalayan Pines and English Oak.
Visiting one of the many tea factories perched high on the hills surroundings Nuwara Eliya is definitely a must. It is here that the best of Sri Lanka’ teas-the fragrant and delicately flavored “high grown”-flourish. Blessed with Lush Tea Estates, Salubrious Climate, Breathtaking Views of Villages, Meadows, Mountains, Waterfalls and Greenery, it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is the most Favorite Hill Country City in Sri Lanka.
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